Snowshoes for muck?


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rduchateau2954
March 24, 2013, 03:49 PM
I was shooting the bull with a guy at work about duck hunting and showing him my duck blind via google maps. Currently I paddle out to it. There is a much shorter route to my blind but most of the ground is boot sucking silt. Extremely hard if not impossible to walk. He suggested wearing snowshoes to keep from sinking down.

It's either brilliant or retarded, I cannot decide.

What say you THR?

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buck460XVR
March 24, 2013, 04:11 PM
Not retarded at all. Native Americans used something similar just as much as they used snowshoes. Principle is the same, to suspend your weight while allowing anything on the deck to pass thru on your next step.

rcmodel
March 24, 2013, 04:18 PM
Still, I'd want to have a Plan B if I got stuck in the muck with the snowshoes on.

rc

rduchateau2954
March 24, 2013, 04:34 PM
Plan B is abandon you boots, put on your snorkel, and belly crawl back to the truck.

Bull Nutria
March 24, 2013, 04:42 PM
well sounds great but what happens when the snow shoes stay sucked down in the muck. lots of questions in this problem
1- is there a hard bottom under muck?

2- how far down is hard bottom.

3-if no bottom you will lose the snow shoes and have to belly crawl like a gator out of there.

4-is the muck stiff or soupy like owl shxxt?

5- if there is vegetation on top of muck you will have to lift the shoes high to walk also very strenuous.

I am a Cajun and know marsh muck and walking in marshes best plan is to use a boat, it will haul all your gear and dog cleanly not drenched in mud etc.

also sucking mud is very strenuous it will wear you out quick, good way to get a heart attack!!

Bull

Upstater
March 24, 2013, 07:40 PM
I have tried this in the past, and if I may submit it was the worst mistake I ever made and had I an alternative such as a canoe route I would have taken it regardless of distance. The problem is when you sink in the snow one can more than likely walk out of the deep holes, when you sink in the muck the snowshoes still hold suction I nearly destroyed the bindings on my snowshoes, I would never do that again.YMMV all though!:)

rduchateau2954
March 24, 2013, 09:12 PM
Thanks guys, that's kind of what I was thinking. As far as how deep the muck is I'm not sure. At least a foot or two deep. It's not solid under you after you stop sinking. There are a pair of my boots still in that muck from years ago hunting with my old man.

Patocazador
March 24, 2013, 09:47 PM
There actually was a commercial product available a few years back (10 or so) called "Muckshoes" I think. They were plastic ovals about 8-10" wide and about 15-18" long. There were some sort of angled slots cut in them to allow forward movement. Someone who used them in an Alaskan delta said they worked.

MrCleanOK
March 25, 2013, 09:26 AM
Yeah. . . . what Upstater said. Paddling is the only way to go.

rduchateau2954
March 25, 2013, 10:40 AM
There actually was a commercial product available a few years back (10 or so) called "Muckshoes" I think. They were plastic ovals about 8-10" wide and about 15-18" long. There were some sort of angled slots cut in them to allow forward movement. Someone who used them in an Alaskan delta said they worked.
I'll look around for them.

I'm gonna spend a bit of time out there this summer, maybe I can figure something out.

Certaindeaf
March 25, 2013, 10:42 AM
http://www.katsenv.com/products/mudders-mud-snow-shoes.aspx

http://www.katsenv.com/images/thumbs/0003417_400.jpeg

chas08
March 25, 2013, 11:07 AM
I'm currently on my second pair of the "MUDDERS" pictured above. They really do work and easily break the suction with every step! My first pair lasted about ten seasons. Ymmv!

rduchateau2954
March 25, 2013, 01:28 PM
What kind of muck have you guys been walking through with those? I'm up against bay silt.

Certaindeaf
March 25, 2013, 01:46 PM
What kind of muck have you guys been walking through with those? I'm up against bay silt.
Sucky slop?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jV5B2UIMAk&feature=player_detailpage

rduchateau2954
March 25, 2013, 01:52 PM
A vid of the mud boots

http://www.mudderboot.com/index.html

Lol it's the same video as above.

rduchateau2954
March 25, 2013, 02:17 PM
I'm honestly just thinking about getting something like this to replace my bagged out canoe and just avoiding the walk all together. Maybe throw a trolling motor on it.

http://www.gandermountain.com/modperl/product/details.cgi?pdesc=Beavertail-Stealth-2000-Sneak-Boat&i=422091&aID=503A6A&merchID=4006#reviewsInfo

627PCFan
March 25, 2013, 02:35 PM
you need this :)

http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii15/JRSpicer426/CANOE_zps0d60cc09.jpg

Certaindeaf
March 25, 2013, 03:01 PM
I'm honestly just thinking about getting something like this to replace my bagged out canoe and just avoiding the walk all together. Maybe throw a trolling motor on it.

http://www.gandermountain.com/modperl/product/details.cgi?pdesc=Beavertail-Stealth-2000-Sneak-Boat&i=422091&aID=503A6A&merchID=4006#reviewsInfo
That's the biggest shoe I've seen in all my born days. Rube Goldberg would be proud.

Patocazador
March 25, 2013, 03:08 PM
Or this?

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll33/docjawbraker/RedneckBassBoat.jpg

Certaindeaf
March 25, 2013, 03:24 PM
Or this?

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll33/docjawbraker/RedneckBassBoat.jpg
Though he kinda looks like the Jesus, we're not talking about walking on water.

rduchateau2954
March 25, 2013, 06:28 PM
you need this :)

http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii15/JRSpicer426/CANOE_zps0d60cc09.jpg
That's pretty redneck McGuyver right there! Does your wife know you have her seat cushion?

rduchateau2954
March 25, 2013, 06:31 PM
That's the biggest shoe I've seen in all my born days. Rube Goldberg would be proud.
So big I'll never sink in the mud! Plus I will stay much cleaner!

rduchateau2954
March 25, 2013, 06:32 PM
Or this?

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll33/docjawbraker/RedneckBassBoat.jpg
For fishing maybe, but I don't drink and hunt. ;)

chas08
March 26, 2013, 10:30 AM
What kind of muck have you guys been walking through with those? I'm up against bay silt.
Back water river silt. The kind that you go half way to your knee without them kind of silt!

627PCFan
March 26, 2013, 11:14 AM
That's pretty redneck McGuyver right there! Does your wife know you have her seat cushion?

Nope and dont tell her I stole her shotgun either.

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