A quality boat for hunting is the main type of equipment for fishing for waterfowl. In order for outdoor activities to be comfortable and the prey abundant, it is important to choose the product correctly and take care of its careful disguise.
- What do you need a boat for hunting?
- 2Types of hunting boats
- 2.1 Inflatable Boats for Hunting
- 2.2 Flat-bottomed boats
- 2.3Motor boats
- 3 Criteria for the selection of boats
- 3.1 Loading capacity
- 3.2Dimensions and weight
- 3.3Pins and shape
- 4 Masking different types of boats
- 5Skradok – duck hunting boat
- 6Water Dam: Specificity of Application
- 7The technology of making a homemade boat
- 8Security equipment when hunting from a boat
What do you need a boat for hunting?
Duck hunting is usually organized around a pond, as a result, the shot game can fall not only on the shore, but also on the water. If there is a dog nearby, it can catch a bird from a reservoir, but one should not overlook the fact that in most cases the water is cold during a season, and not everyone will decide to risk an animal to get sick. Therefore, a single boat for duck hunting and fishing, fairly easy and practical, becomes the most successful helper in collecting trophies.
The arrangement of geese and ducks (both artificial and living), is much more effective in a reservoir than on the shore, as it is not always that waders help to cope with difficult bottom relief. If the choice fell on the boat, but I want to take the dog with me to hunt, you can equip your equipment with a convenient accessory — a folding ladder that fits the animal’s landing.
The boat is also necessary for the delivery of inventory to the place of hunting, if it is difficult to pave a comfortable route over land.
Types of hunting boats
The best boats for hunting fully meet the rather specific requirements: the products must be adapted to pass through densely overgrown areas and shallow water. It is important that the boats are strong, not afraid of contact with piercing vegetation, showed good maneuverability.
Inflatable Boats for Hunting
Rubber inflatable models, common a couple of decades ago, were too unreliable, showed a high risk of a puncture due to hitting a stone or a knot, were difficult to manage due to low weight.
Modern variations are based on PVC fabric – it is a dense reinforced material with operational properties characteristic of plastic. The key advantages of such products are ease of storage, ease of transportation. On the motor-rowing plastic boats for hunting you can install an outboard engine, which provides high speed of movement and having a long resource. Due to the small draft, shallow areas do not become a problem, cylinders are not afraid of contact with reeds.
A bright representative of this segment is the kulas, a product with low sides, moving with the help of oars or poles. On the model with transom stern, you can install a compact outboard motor. A flat-bottomed hull provides optimum stability, in such a boat you can shoot while standing. Modern industrial variations of the kulas are made of fiberglass, handicraft are based on the boards and plywood.
Popular cartops fit freely in the upper trunk of a car, their length does not exceed 3.5 m, the weight is kept within 60 kg. The key advantages of the model are mobility, sufficient stability and the possibility of upgrading with the help of an outboard motor (3.5 hp will be enough). The hull of the cartograph has blunt outlines, as a result of which it cannot swim deep into the reeds. Compact dimensions do not allow to pack a large amount of equipment and supplies.
Cartops are usually used near the camp base, as they are limited in independent navigation. Such flat-boats are made of fiberglass.
The product, equipped with an outboard motor, allows you to get to remote hunting grounds, but the screw engine will be useless in the conditions of water bodies with abundant vegetation, shallow water, the risk of damage to the unit and damage to the cooling system increases. The optimal solution is to use an outboard jet engine that significantly expands the access area of an aluminum boat.
As practice shows, two hunters can move on a watercraft of this type having a closed nose, 3 hunters-arrows and a huntsman can freely be accommodated on a 5-meter boat with an open nose.
Skradok – duck hunting boat
This device is used to track and shoot geese, ducks, it looks like an extremely compact watercraft, completely covered with camouflage materials – cloth, mesh, vegetation (grass and branches depending on the characteristics of the reservoir). The hunter in it is forced to spend a long time in a practically stationary state, as in the conditions of the reservoir he will be in the open. The design is surrounded by stuffed birds.
The device skradka is such that the shooter should be placed in it reclining, it is important to provide a good overview and the ability to quickly aim the gun. Unlike onshore structures, such a design guarantees maneuverability for gathering fired game, distributing outposts and choosing a comfortable position.
Boat Swamp: Specific Application
The model has a characteristic blunt nose and a flat bottom, its width usually does not exceed 1.5 m, the length varies between 3-4.5 m. Fiberglass is used as the base material, there is a transom that allows using an outboard motor.
The flat bottom provides excellent stability than the V-bottom series cannot boast. Small draft allows the use of swamps on extremely small rivers. Variations with a reinforced bottom are indispensable for walking in polluted and overgrown reservoirs. The model does not give a strong buildup while standing.
Manufacturing technology homemade boat
To perform the simplest punt, use 3.5 m conveyor belt or a tarpaulin not less than 120 cm wide. You will also need two boards with dimensions of 220x30x3.5 cm, they are rounded on both sides and nails bars, serving as seats and struts, are nailed to them. The wood is impregnated with linseed with paraffin or wax, dyed and thoroughly dried.
A belt tape with a step of about 1.5 cm is nailed to the end of the boards, and a tarpaulin must be laid on the boards first. It turns out that with the help of a tape, the tarpaulin is tightly fixed on the wood. Struts allow you to quickly assemble and disassemble the boat to make the bottom more stable, you can lay plywood or flat boards in the transverse direction, combining the design wedges. In terms of performance, such a boat is very similar to inflatable models. The disassembled product is placed in the trunk of a passenger car or motorcycle stroller.
Craftsmen make their own rowing punt, equipped with a sail, in this case, provide the steering wheel and lowering keel-shvert. For tailoring sails use dense fabrics – cape, calico, teak. The workpiece is tied to a removable mast, to stretch the cloth in the design lay a solid rail.
Safety when hunting from a boat
Before using the craft, it is necessary to ensure its integrity, the absence of leaks, the reliable fastening of the motor or oars, and the strength of the pole.
All participants in the hunt must have life buoys or vests, communications and alarms if they are to sail away from the coast.
During pair hunting, only one person is allowed to stand, you cannot lean overboard. Otherwise, when swinging, there is a high risk of falling overboard.
When you need to swap places, care should be taken not to turn the boat over.
Inflatable variations are not stable enough to be straightened to its full height, here it is necessary to maintain balance. If the boat is rubber, and not PVC, it is not recommended to swim in areas with abundant vegetation, snags and obstacles.
In an emergency situation, if the boat overturns at a considerable distance from the coast, it is important to avoid injuries during its coup, then grab hold of the stern or bow of the craft. There is no need to attempt to reverse the design or climb on it, it is fraught with repeated overturning, which can cause serious injuries. Holding the boat, you need to try, working legs, to reach the nearest shore. If the current is strong, it is better not to do anything and wait for shallow water or landfall.