Some day we need to get over to Lake Pateros and do the hunt I did last year-all public hunting-just need a boat to get us there! (and we would have a nice place to stay!) Plus some quail hunting in the PM. Rick
I've got the boat, but it's not a duck boat. Where do we launch, and is it blind hunting or in-the-boat hunting? I have a little A-frame popup trailer, but can't tow the Alaskan if I'm dragging the trailer. Been thinking about one of those Otter Stealth 2000 sneak boats that I might be able to throw on top of the truck. They weigh about 140 or so pounds though!
Alex-the launch in right in the Pateros City park. We hunted about 2 or 3 miles upriver from that launch. Just need the boat to haul hunters, blinds, decoys etc to the shoreline. Set up in layout blinds along the shore and move the boat down the shore a bit. To do this we would each need a layout blind, which may be on my Christmas list. My cabin is a 45 minute drive from Pateros, so no need for a place to stay!
Alex, those popup blinds shake in the wind and will flare birds. They can also be difficult to operate from. Layouts are actually more versatile and, if you position them right, very comfortable. If you are on shore, in eastern WA. you can fix a dog blind up easily. There are also layout blind heaters available for those who want to go softy.
guys, I think we've got something going here, especially as a bunch of 'freelancers". This year, my hunting partner, Jan Uchytil and I are going to make several layout boats like the Aquapods or those Momarsh jobs. Once we get a mold worked up, it'll be simple to turn out boats! If you want one, I'll hit you up for the cost of the materials, but that's it. Jan and I both have extensive skills working fiberglass, and this isn't going to be difficult at all. We both also have lots of experience paddling kayak and canoe-type boats in all conditions; me for ocean kayaking, and Jan... well, he paddled for Czechoslovakia in the `72 Olympics at Munich, and is a Bronze Medalist in World Cup competition.
Rick, send me a couple of dates and I'll drag the Alaskan up. I'll need to get a camo cover for it, and it's not painted in drab colors, so we'll need to park it a ways from where we'll be hunting, but all i need to do is get the duck stamp, and I'm good to go!!
Sounds great Rick! I'll go through the deeks; There's at least one box of brand new teal in the mix, too! Never seen the light of day. Guess I'll need to pick up some new waders next month, as well as that layout blind!
Sounds like an excellent time! That being said, for esthetic purposes, the pics would have had more appeal had you hidden completely in the blinds. I ain't pretty, but geez, guys . . . just sayin' . . . come to the east side; we'll do that for free (excluding gas . . . I'll provide meals, couches, TV, and floor space . . . nobody better try sleeping with Hank tho, you scoundrels . . . ).