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#4354688 - 06/29/13 08:29 PM Walk in Duck Hunters
Hopedale Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 09/12/07
Posts: 5555
Loc: Central Texas
What are your tips and tricks with moving gear?

and if you don't have a dog, what is your primary means to retrieve your bird?
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#4354690 - 06/29/13 08:32 PM Re: Walk in Duck Hunters [Re: Hopedale]
kdub Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 02/09/07
Posts: 7199
Loc: In the yak
Inflatable decoys, deflated, in a backpack.
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#4354691 - 06/29/13 08:32 PM Re: Walk in Duck Hunters [Re: kdub]
kdub Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 02/09/07
Posts: 7199
Loc: In the yak
Use a surfrod with a big treble hook for decoys.
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#4354692 - 06/29/13 08:35 PM Re: Walk in Duck Hunters [Re: Hopedale]
Ben Lilly Offline
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Registered: 11/25/12
Posts: 2614
Loc: here and there
I have a canoe with a catamaran that is removable to move gear.

I have a good retriever now but I used a bass pole and a jitterbug last year....or waited for the wind/wake to wash it ashore. I had a few guys on windless days stop and say "you want my dog to get that bird?"....very cool.

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#4354762 - 06/29/13 09:05 PM Re: Walk in Duck Hunters [Re: Ben Lilly]
Duck Buster Offline
Tracker

Registered: 01/09/12
Posts: 587
Loc: Denton County
Get a good decoy bag (padded straps and waist strap) for hiking in. I take all the sand out of the keels and make them water keeled decoys to reduce A LOT of weight.

Luckily we live in Texas. Swimming after a bird is always an option......And has been done.

Otherwise what everyone else says.

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#4354784 - 06/29/13 09:11 PM Re: Walk in Duck Hunters [Re: Duck Buster]
SweetTea Offline
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Registered: 06/18/12
Posts: 1836
I hate the way hydrilla feels on bare feet.... freaks me out just thinking about it
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#4354793 - 06/29/13 09:15 PM Re: Walk in Duck Hunters [Re: SweetTea]
Ben Lilly Offline
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Registered: 11/25/12
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Loc: here and there
Originally Posted By: SweetTea
I hate the way hydrilla feels on bare feet.... freaks me out just thinking about it


Might as well be a shark as far as I'm concerned

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#4354807 - 06/29/13 09:19 PM Re: Walk in Duck Hunters [Re: Ben Lilly]
SweetTea Offline
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Registered: 06/18/12
Posts: 1836
Haha ya my luck I'll be the dummy who gets attacked by an alligator and is never seen again
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#4354901 - 06/29/13 10:00 PM Re: Walk in Duck Hunters [Re: SweetTea]
Trout-killer Offline
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Registered: 02/14/12
Posts: 3805
Loc: Crosby, Tx
Decoy sled or a good decoy bag. I always just walked out and picked my birds up before I got a dog.

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#4354909 - 06/29/13 10:05 PM Re: Walk in Duck Hunters [Re: Trout-killer]
Beretta Offline
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Registered: 06/29/12
Posts: 1094
Loc: Where the birds aren't
Texas rig over the shoulder and start walking, I still don't have a dog so I just walk out and get my birds.
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#4355127 - 06/30/13 12:26 AM Re: Walk in Duck Hunters [Re: Beretta]
Lhbrittany23 Offline
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Registered: 08/10/12
Posts: 777
Two legs and waders.
And hockey backpack full of decoys
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#4355343 - 06/30/13 08:48 AM Re: Walk in Duck Hunters [Re: Lhbrittany23]
JakeJJ Offline
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Registered: 08/23/12
Posts: 402
Loc: Fort Hood, TX
Practice.. Grab your gear and hump it around your neighborhood. I used to get weird looks carrying a decoy bag full of gear and a sledgehammer (simulate a gun) around the neighborhood, but it helped. Get you body used to carrying the weight. Nothing sucks more than not being used to it and halfway through your walk-in and your hating life and then realize you have to go back after you're done. Every hunt you will learn. You'll tweak how you hump your gear, and what you bring every time.
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#4355353 - 06/30/13 08:52 AM Re: Walk in Duck Hunters [Re: JakeJJ]
mnsherick Offline
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Registered: 11/28/10
Posts: 1541
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: JakeJJ
Practice.. Grab your gear and hump it around your neighborhood. I used to get weird looks carrying a decoy bag full of gear and a sledgehammer (simulate a gun) around the neighborhood, but it helped. Get you body used to carrying the weight. Nothing sucks more than not being used to it and halfway through your walk-in and your hating life and then realize you have to go back after you're done. Every hunt you will learn. You'll tweak how you hump your gear, and what you bring every time.


THIS...

Nothing worse than a "pack in" that's out of shape.

Another tip, get some friends that pack in, usually gear can be split up and lighten everyones load. When I take friends to a public walk in, I carry everything (I think it gives them an idea on how hard the walk is when your only carrying a shotgun)

-Matt
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#4357182 - 07/01/13 08:51 AM Re: Walk in Duck Hunters [Re: mnsherick]
ACov Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 09/16/11
Posts: 265
Loc: Fort Worth, TX
Texas-rigged decoys on a carabiner (or two) over the shoulder, layout blind over the shoulder, blind bag and gun over the the shoulder. My shoulders get a serious workout. I always keep a fishing rod in the truck with a topwater lure or weighted treble hook tied on for retrieving the ones that get out in the deep water. Or just take a swim. Here's my buddy KentuckyNative drying out after taking a swim for some teal ... and we had a dog that day.


Or a long stick tied together with old pieces of barbed wire ...

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#4358244 - 07/01/13 05:03 PM Re: Walk in Duck Hunters [Re: ACov]
nogeese Offline
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Registered: 11/02/08
Posts: 2627
I just bring a gun and some shells and set up 20 yards away from the guy that got there 4 hours before me smile
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