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Duck Boats

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by FITASC666, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. FITASC666

    FITASC666 Well-Known Member

    I'm a sink box hunter looking for a duck boat that will allow me to shoot diver ducks on shallow shoals. The Sink Box (SB) needs 4'-6'' of water and is a killer to move around. However the SB places your head less than a foot above water while sitting and the birds really don't catch on until it's too late.
    I've seen many videos from Denmark with duck boats, oar powered, that seem to work very well and set the shooter 2' above water. I also looked into the Bonneville Duck Boats out of Utah, but the company hasn't given me any response. I hope it's a computer thing and not their customer service standard :-(((.
    I would really appreciate your input and comments.
  2. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

  3. newbuckeye

    newbuckeye Well-Known Member

    Here is one from Ohio. I've seen their boats but not used them and they look tough.\

  4. 6.5x55swedish

    6.5x55swedish Well-Known Member

    I never thought about hunting Divers from a "sink Box", that should work if you have a water proof shotgun:D
  5. Virginian

    Virginian Well-Known Member

    Do a Google search for "Layout Boats". Several to choose from. Great for divers.
  6. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    I looked into the stealth, too... http://www.gandermountain.com/modpe...rtail-Stealth-2000-Sneak-Boat&i=422091&r=view

    Things are heavy and where I hunt, the final attack seemed more logical as you can drag it on its wheels. The stealth would probably paddle easier, like a kayak. For my purposes, I ended up with a kayak just for getting across a little lake, not really to hunt off of. The stealth has a blind you can attach to it, pretty neat, really, for a lay out boat. Everything I've researched you can actually stand up in it, that stable.
  7. inclinebench

    inclinebench Well-Known Member

    It is probably too late for this season, but there are actually plans that allow you to custom build duck boats that ride just above the water, and some that allow you to lay flat in the boat and get into almost anything. The method to build these is stitch and glue, and just about anybody can build them. Once you build one, you can get pretty good at altering plans to customize your boats to your needs. Look around online for stitch and glue boat plans and you might find some really awesome boats. I have built a few rowers for fishing with this method, and I plan on building some customized duck/float boats for myself and my sons. Oh, and the biggest expense is time, the materials are pretty cheap.
  8. Patocazador

    Patocazador Well-Known Member

    If you want to approach rafted ducks without messing with decoys, try a scull boat. A fellow Canadian, Mike Bankes, make a good one that's safe.

  9. Patocazador

    Patocazador Well-Known Member

    Sink boxes are not legal in the USA. Go to Quebec or Nova Scotia for true sink box hunting.
  10. JWF III

    JWF III Well-Known Member

    Correct. Sink boxes aren't legal here. But look up "Body Booting". Legal and effectively does the same thing... if you're up to it.

    Have to second the scull boat. A hunting buddy of mine had one. Fun hunting and a great method for picking out a bird to mount. Biggest misstake I have made was not buying it from him when he had to sell it to fund his third kid. His was a "Wave Duck Boat" model, it was very similar to the Bankes scull boat.

    Check out www.duckboats.net to get an idea of what's out there. Scroll down the home page and they have a list of commercial duck boats, with links to company pages.


    ETA- Also, if you're hunting solo, check out the Marsh Rat by Mallard Marine. It's on my want list, right after the scull boat.
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2012
  11. FITASC666

    FITASC666 Well-Known Member

    Thank you for the reference. I have a dealer for this product close to home. He only has catalogue pics for now but usually gets inventory in the spring. Can't wait to sit in it to see for myself.
    For the RECORD, I hunt the St-Lawrence in Quebec and Ontario with sink boxes and they are very effective, however you must like cold weather.

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