Drift/float hunting rivers/creeks?

coachcornbread

Four Pointer
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Don’t have one of the whole thing but it’s a sit in kayak that I painted. I have small bungees running down the side I can put foliage in.
 

Larry Eckart

Button Buck
Who does? Let’s see your setup....
I use an Old Town 119. Used to use a Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100 but prefer the ability to haul a bigger load that a canoe gives. I also have a Mad River Duck Hunter canoe for larger streams/lakes. In the past I owned a Hoefgen Duck Boat (first pic). It is a cross between a canoe and kayak. For some reason, that boat allowed me to sneak on ducks closer than anything I ever owned. I could float into mallards and sneak into redheads on big water. I sold it when I moved from Michigan. The Old Town 119 is in the second pic.
Larry

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Wildlifer

Twelve Pointer
My rocky point pirogue has been great. I use it as a sled, open water decoy boat, sneak boat. It’s not great at any one task but as a multi purpose boat it’s hard to beat.
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Trappertod

Six Pointer
I guess you are pretty much good to go on floating rivers and creeks, it is considered public water right?
 

nccatfisher

Old Mossy Horns
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My buddies just got back, turns out my prickly little buddies are still out in force. They said no more, this last trip broke them. They threw in the towel. They aren't going back either.
 

JJWise

Eight Pointer
Nothing fancy, cost $204 at Academy. I like it a lot, but after taking it out a few times I’m a little leery about trying to shoot a 12ga from it. Not so much a safety standpoint, but an accuracy and “I don’t want to lose my paddle in the creek” standpoint
 

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JONOV

Ten Pointer
I officially have a new "boat lust",,,,and guess who's driving through Menominee Michigan in a week????
My Grandfather had a cabin about a mile south of him on Green bay. I remember visiting the shop back when they had an active and open shop. I THINK the shop is closed but Paul Hoefgen still makes/repairs/restores them on a limited basis. I gotta figure out which of my uncles got the Hoefgen Canoe.

I still drive by the shop for or five times a summer, since my parents bought a place down the beach from my Grandpa's old place.
 

JONOV

Ten Pointer
My buddies just got back, turns out my prickly little buddies are still out in force. They said no more, this last trip broke them. They threw in the towel. They aren't going back either.
yeap,,,some concern on that,,,,may regret it,,,which reminds me,,,call vet
Over the summer we saw them at our cabin which we've never seen in the 30 years I've been going up there. Martins, Bears, Fishers and Martens, Eagles, but never Porkies, though they are ubiquitous.

Bring a hemostat, if you see a dead one scoop it for trash breaking. If your near Menominee my parents know one of the vets in town, he has bird dogs, I could look it up.
 

nccatfisher

Old Mossy Horns
Contributor
Over the summer we saw them at our cabin which we've never seen in the 30 years I've been going up there. Martins, Bears, Fishers and Martens, Eagles, but never Porkies, though they are ubiquitous.

Bring a hemostat, if you see a dead one scoop it for trash breaking. If your near Menominee my parents know one of the vets in town, he has bird dogs, I could look it up.
I had sedatives for mine so I pulled my own quills. I learned real quick that you would go broke paying to have them removed. I finally just got to the point that we were spending to much time pulling quills and not enough hunting so I decided not to go back.

I really got lucky, I never had a dog that got them exceptionally bad. But I sure saw some bad ones and did the pulling on some. The first year I was there I saw some dogs being pulled by some guys and you have never lived to you see a dog pass out from pain, they were pulling quills with no sedatives. That was a sight that will stick with me as long as I live.
 

sky hawk

Old Mossy Horns
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I had sedatives for mine so I pulled my own quills. I learned real quick that you would go broke paying to have them removed. I finally just got to the point that we were spending to much time pulling quills and not enough hunting so I decided not to go back.

I really got lucky, I never had a dog that got them exceptionally bad. But I sure saw some bad ones and did the pulling on some. The first year I was there I saw some dogs being pulled by some guys and you have never lived to you see a dog pass out from pain, they were pulling quills with no sedatives. That was a sight that will stick with me as long as I live.
I guess it depends on how bad they get it? Mine got into one 2 years ago, and I pulled them immediately. 30-40 quills in gums/jowels, and a few in his palate, but none really deep. My buddy I was hunting with is a vet, and that was his recommendation. Go ahead and pull them if you can. He said most dogs just want them out ASAP. I happened to be by myself this particular afternoon. He seemed fine afterwards, and proceeded to go right back to hunting, to my surprise.

I really don't want to see a "bad one".
 
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