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Kayaks, Who hunts with them? Let's see your set up.
« on: October 29, 2017, 09:41:40 PM »
Since I mainly hunt small water, My wife got me thinking about Kayaks.
At 66 I am getting tired of getting up at o dark 30 to get a field spot.

I have a regular 16 ft boat. But it isn't really made for duck hunting comfort.
Plus if you live in Skagit you know Mother Nature has a way of blocking my favorite launch.

My wife has been asking for a small craft to paddle around. I came across a video on the new H 12 Asend kayaks.
I suggested I buy one for hunting with the blind setup. She could try it out and if she liked it, I. Would buy her one.
Than I would sell the 16 ft in the driveway which she hates.

My only concern is I dearly love hunting with my dog. Not sure how to get her back in a kayak after retrieve.
The rear compartment is big enough for her. Maybe the front too.

Anyone hunt a dog out of a kayak?

Let's see your set up.
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Re: Kayaks, Who hunts with them? Let's see your set up.
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2017, 10:13:33 PM »
I hunted a dog out of a canoe and he dang near sunk us... never again.

I've hunted out of 2 different lengths of Aquapods pretty sweet.

I have a short Brown kayak I have yet to take out for duck hunting.

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Re: Kayaks, Who hunts with them? Let's see your set up.
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2017, 10:30:47 PM »
I use a NuCanoe.  Almost like a sit on top kayak.  Good option for dog, decoys and gear.  They are also made in Bellingham, so you can check them out.
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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2017, 07:04:23 AM »
I have a Final  Attack otter. Floats, stable, hunt with a dog and steers like a tank. But you can mount a trolling motor on it.

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« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2017, 07:28:18 AM »
I also have an aqua pod and a marsh rat, but the NuCanoe is easier and quicker to paddle.  Better glide across the water.
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« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2017, 10:51:11 AM »
My son and I hunt out of these two sit on top. These two kayaks were designed for fishing but we make them work for hunting. A dog is not doable in these two kayaks. After you camo them out with natural vegetation they look pretty good. His is a Lure brand and is a tank very stable. The thing weighs over 100 pounds. It is a chore to paddle in the wind or against current. Mine is an ocean kayak that is faster but not as stable. Unless you are accessing some terra firma be prepared to spend a lot of time sitting in the kayaks. The Lure came with a nice adjustable comfy seat. The ocean is doable with the addition of a seat cushion. Breaking Branches makes an angler paddle that has a notch cut out of one paddle. This is a game changer for retrieving decoys without having to reach out to grab them.  Austin Kayaks is where both these were purchased. They will ship for free however you have to pay the shipping if you want to return. This is why I kept the ocean kayak. 

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« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2017, 11:42:49 AM »
How do you get in them?
Sit down and swing legs  or step in?
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« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2017, 11:59:40 AM »
I would think some manner of sit up top would be the best if you thought you were going to get on and out very often.

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« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2017, 06:02:58 PM »
I watched a YouTube about the ascend also. They looked like a good idea if you hunt a lot of small water. I considered getting the H12. If I was gonna do it I'd run my dog out of a dog stand. Momarsh comes to mind as I already have one. That way no messing with dog ladders etc on a kayak. Sounds like a good way to take a bath.

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« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2017, 08:15:15 PM »
I would think some manner of sit up top would be the best if you thought you were going to get on and out very often.

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Well I don't think I would get in and out a lot my general mo is to get up against the reeds and shootout the side of the boat.

I have been searching the net for video of guys hunting dogs out of a kayak. Not finding any. There are guys transporting dogs to hunting areas in a kayak but none retrieving to and from the kayak. I guess its  why guys use kayaks so they don't need dogs. :dunno:

I have a good 4 year old dog. And I can teach her in a day to ride in a kayak, and she will go out no problem. Its the getting her back issue I need to work out.

I am 90% sold on the Asend, mainly because I think my wife can handle it too.

My other hold up is I am trying to decide to order one now, because  the Olive color is on back order or to wait till spring when I would have lots of time to work the dog before the next season, out of it.
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« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2017, 06:43:12 AM »
I hunt out of my Ocean Kayak Prowler 13. It is meant to be a sit on top fishing kayak. My boat is not big enough for a dog but some are. Look into various fishing kayaks.


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« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2017, 06:55:28 AM »
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Is there anything about the prowler you would change? Are there other kayaks you would choose instead knowing what you now know?
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« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2017, 07:40:44 AM »
I hunt out of my Ocean Kayak Prowler 13. It is meant to be a sit on top fishing kayak. My boat is not big enough for a dog but some are. Look into various fishing kayaks.


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Yeah the new H 12 Asend is a fishing kayak and there are plenty of you tube videos of having dogs and kids in them, With a 450 lb weight capacity.
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« Reply #15 on: November 02, 2017, 10:02:59 PM »
What do you do to maintain and clean your kayak?
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« Reply #16 on: November 02, 2017, 10:07:45 PM »
I hunted a dog out of a canoe and he dang near sunk us... never again.


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That's because you hunt with those behemoth Chessies, and those giant labs are just as bad... get a nice svelte Golden Retriever and they won't be tipping your canoe over.   ;)   :chuckle:

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« Reply #17 on: November 02, 2017, 10:21:09 PM »
I hunted a dog out of a canoe and he dang near sunk us... never again.


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That's because you hunt with those behemoth Chessies, and those giant labs are just as bad... get a nice svelte Golden Retriever and they won't be tipping your canoe over.   ;)   :chuckle:
Lol he is a svelte 78 lbs! I'm always upset when people comment on my lab!

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« Reply #18 on: November 03, 2017, 12:09:48 AM »
I have a 55lb lab. I manage her weight. And I think I can hunt her out of the right kayak. I hope.

We will see . I ordered a H 12 today. And once I get it ,I will go to work figuring out how to retrieve my dog. I have a dog ramp ,but it maybe too heavy for the yak.

I am looking at a couple others.

I gave sit on tops a good look ,but It seems you have to be wet if you run one.
I think I can stay a lot dryer and warmer in the H 12.

I may not get the dog thing worked out this season ,but I am confident I will be running my dog out of the H 12 by next season.  We will see.

I am hoping my wife likes the H 12, so that I can have two. But if not will be searching for a yak for her before spring.

Than I am going to give someone a good deal on a 16 ft aluminum boat and trailer.
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« Reply #19 on: November 03, 2017, 07:48:08 AM »
Looks like a great boat :tup:

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« Reply #20 on: November 03, 2017, 06:11:21 PM »
Maybe an outrigger and dog ladder on the same side? That or ladder staight up the front or back.

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« Reply #21 on: November 03, 2017, 09:53:25 PM »
I hunted a dog out of a canoe and he dang near sunk us... never again.


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That's because you hunt with those behemoth Chessies, and those giant labs are just as bad... get a nice svelte Golden Retriever and they won't be tipping your canoe over.   ;)   :chuckle:
Lol he is a svelte 78 lbs! I'm always upset when people comment on my lab!

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 :chuckle:  I would have guessed he was heavier.

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« Reply #22 on: November 03, 2017, 10:05:50 PM »
Sorry for the late response ...
I love the Prowler for what it is. Light, fairly nimble easy to paddle kayak that will get me to my spot and allow me to retrieve ducks.
If you are looking for a kayak to use as a floating blind and/or bring a dog with I'd recommend looking for a SOT kayak over 32" wide. The Prowler is only 27. Fortunately many of newer fishing kayaks are going to wider more stable boats.

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« Reply #23 on: November 04, 2017, 03:07:21 PM »
My nucanoe with layout blind. Super stable.

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« Reply #24 on: November 04, 2017, 03:17:50 PM »
Forgot about OP's real question. I don't hunt with a dog, but there is a zippered place for your dog behind you. And as I mentioned before, incredibly stable. The only way I've been able to flip it was to sit with my legs in the water and bounce really hard 2-3 times. I stand up bass fish all the time in this boat.

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