Anyone else float hunt?

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  1. cobbsteve14

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    With deer season right around the corning I was wondering if anyone else goes float hunting? If so I'd love to see success or set up pics to get get motivated.
     
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    My favorite way to hunt ducks is from a tandem canoe, drifting by the tulees along the local big river islands. Have done a little hunting for deer on those islands, but finding nothing but tracks so far. ;) Unfortunately, camping isn't allowed on said islands, or I would do that differently.
     
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    I’ve done a few float hunts for deer with a canoe.
    The deer part wasn't successful, but the float part was.
    I really enjoy it, deer I did see seemed much less spooked. But I never did see anything I could put my tag on.
     
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    @logan-boone has had some success, if I remember correctly.
     
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    You ever float the Flambeau for deer?
     
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    No, I've only done a couple of little winding streams and creeks.
     
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    I've often thought about floating it during the deer gun season, but you never know what the weather is going to do from day to day. In the slow sections towards the Oxbow, it can freeze over pretty quickly. Still, it's been an idea.
     
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    Lots of guys around here boat the local lake (lake raystown, central PA) in deer season with some success.

    I'd love to take a Saturday in small game season and do a blast-n-cast, hunting squirrels and fishing from my canoe or kayak
     
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    We did ducks that way over the years and saw lots of deer. They would let you drift by 30 feet away. Not sure we can legally do deer hunting that way here in MN but even if it was legal I can only imagine the hassles of drifting by someone who has done the work of setting up a stand by a small river. Folks get seriously cranky about such things.
     
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    I floated Swamp Creek years ago, and started freezing over in the afternoon. We broke ice for a few hours and it was way after dark when we finally got to a road. And we swamped the canoe going over a beaver damn, so we were soaking wet.
    Not one of my better plans.
    But really well planned trips make for boring stories anyway.:)
     
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    I have hunted hog from a sit on top kayak with success, they really never see you coming along. This is a perfect place for handgun hunting as well. Mine is a S&W 686 with hard cast ammo.
     
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    I try to intrude on other hunters as little as possible, but it does happen, especially in waterfowl season. I avoid floating right through decoy spreads, of course. But the fact is, the river is essentially a highway, and it seems most everyone is aware of that. I haven't had any negative reactions with this from other hunters. After all, it really isn't any different than walking by someone set up over a game trail. We all know that those who walk often accidentally push game to those who wait. It's no different on the water. When it comes to duck hunting, it is very common on slow days, to hear gunshots as I approach someone's setup - and then have them thank me for moving the birds. I've even retrieved a few for them on the way by.

    Although it would be legal in my state (drifting with no motor running) I don't generally hunt deer from the boat. I beach on an island and still-hunt from the ground. When hunting ducks, my method is for the shooter sitting in the bow while the paddler controls the boat from the stern. Only one gun (the bow man's) loaded at any time. All shots are taken with birds over water as they flush from the tulees. It isn't really productive, because many opportunities are missed (you gotta be ready!), but it's safe (in a good river tandem) and it's fun.
     
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    'taint legal here in Texas

    if you are in a boat it had better be SECURELY ANCHORED or you risk spending time at the expense of the state

    a btw belongs here, you can loose all equipment involved

    guns boat motor and even the truck you drug the boat to the water with...

    no thanks i'll hunt from a fixed blind
     
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    Its perfectly legal here in Michigan as long as its state land. The nice part is where I do it very few other people go so I don't intrude on others. I've had both great times and farely good success doing it and even better I have seen some truly beautiful places.
     
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    Always wanted to do it, but outside of Canada or Alaska there's not a lot of opportunity to really get it done.
     
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    naw i tried they kicked me out of the pool had to pay for new floats too
     
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