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Snowshoes for muck?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by rduchateau2954, Mar 24, 2013.

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  1. rduchateau2954

    rduchateau2954 Member

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    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?
     
  2. buck460XVR

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    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.
     
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    Still, I'd want to have a Plan B if I got stuck in the muck with the snowshoes on.

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    Plan B is abandon you boots, put on your snorkel, and belly crawl back to the truck.
     
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    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
     
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    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!:)
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Yeah. . . . what Upstater said. Paddling is the only way to go.
     
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    I'll look around for them.

    I'm gonna spend a bit of time out there this summer, maybe I can figure something out.
     
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    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!
     
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    What kind of muck have you guys been walking through with those? I'm up against bay silt.
     
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    you need this :)

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    Though he kinda looks like the Jesus, we're not talking about walking on water.
     
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    That's pretty redneck McGuyver right there! Does your wife know you have her seat cushion?
     
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    So big I'll never sink in the mud! Plus I will stay much cleaner!
     
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    For fishing maybe, but I don't drink and hunt. ;)
     
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    Back water river silt. The kind that you go half way to your knee without them kind of silt!
     
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    Nope and dont tell her I stole her shotgun either.
     
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