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By J McCoy
#2170116
Looking to purchase a yak this year. My 1st priority will be for hunting purposes. My second priority will be for fishing. Can you guys post your setups as well as what type of game you use it for?

I'm looking to get something with a high weight capacity. Enough for two people, a dog, and gear. Looking for suggestions.

Currently at the top of the list is the NuCanoe Frontier 12. I know there are other manufactures out there though.
By dirthas
#2170383
Not sure how much gear you have, but with the open deck and 650 lb weight limit you could easily fit two people, a dog, and some gear in a Nucanoe Frontier 12. This is what I have, although I haven't used it for hunting. Thing is it may paddle like a barge with all that weight. Make sure you have two paddles and a buddy that's willing to help :)

Ive also been out in tandem Native Ultimates and they are great too, I would add that to the list of options if you haven't already.
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By Prof. Salt
#2170590
I don't hunt duck, but I have considered hunting some areas where you paddle across a lake to hunt deer. Any kayak with stability and capacity would work. Maybe some duck guys will post some setup pics. It should make for a fun project!
By hillbillie
#2170718
your on the right track with the Nucanoe. I have the frontier 12 and wouldn't swap it for any other kayak. It paddles slow but my dog or kid are not going to make me turtle.
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By Cruisin_Cuda
#2170752
it sounds like you need a flat bottom jon boat with a small motor or mud motor if skinny water/mud is your thing. two people, dog, plus gear, and weight of the game will be pushing even the most battleship kayaks. the weight rating on them is max weight before you take on water and possibly sink it. 2/3 of that weight rating will be what the kayak can handle smoothly before it's hard to paddle and maneuver. it also depends on what you're hunting too. duck or goose won't really effect weight much but deer, hog, or other bigger game will for sure due to the space they'll take up and their weight. if you can try and rent one and load that sucker down with your buddy and dog at least to get an idea of how it will handle and then think about any extra weight you'll be bringing.
By J McCoy
#2171027
It has to be a kayak or a canoe type setup with low draft and short length. A true Canoe isn't an option if its over 12-14 feet. Hence why I asked for options :)

The areas I hunt in are fairly shallow pockets off of rivers.
By pdt818
#2171817
Jackson Kilroy for me. I also have another craft that might be right up your alley for sale in the classifieds section. Pics included and asking $600, which is considerably less that a new NuCanoe.
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By texnomad
#2171819
14 feet of length maximum and shallow draft at the loads you are talking about is wide jon boat territory in my experiences in the marsh.
By ryanwest
#2172100
I bought a pursuit and actually like it. I tried the Frontier too but liked the seat system in the pursuit better.
By SFAjacks12
#2175634
I duck hunt out of a Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 trident. I can put 2 shotguns in the rod pod, a mojo and shell bag in the front storage and either a dog or decoys in the back well. I usually hunt with a partner who paddles my Ocean Kayak 13 prowler with a shell bag and accessories in the front storage and decoys in the back well.
By agtex42
#2177360
J McCoy wrote:It has to be a kayak or a canoe type setup with low draft and short length. A true Canoe isn't an option if its over 12-14 feet. Hence why I asked for options :)

The areas I hunt in are fairly shallow pockets off of rivers.


Will you be hunting from the boat in "navigable water" or using it for transportation only? I'm with texnomad in that a jon boat is much more suitable for the load you'd be looking to carry regardless of the end game mentioned above. I don't think you'd be happy with any kayak if shooting from the boat with two plus a dog is involved.
By Warhawk
#2182911
pdt818 wrote:Jackson Kilroy for me. I also have another craft that might be right up your alley for sale in the classifieds section. Pics included and asking $600, which is considerably less that a new NuCanoe.


How long are the yak attack rails on your Kilroy?

Thanks
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By karstopo
#2207963
I have a Commander 140. Super stable. I mainly fish, but have taken it duck hunting. Plenty of room for decoys and blind material or even a dog. I think the weight limit is 475, but that's something the WS website will have. Tracks well, not self bailing, but I haven't ever had to bail or dump water until I returned to launch. It handles bay chop well. 14 feet, they make a 12' one too.
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By TG Canoes and Kayaks
#2225861
The Jackson Kayak Kilroy DT and the Big Tuna may be options. The Big Rig is the hunting platform, however. Put the seat in the high position, cover the kayak (and yourself) with camo, put your Realtree 10 or 12 gauge on you lap and enjoy. Shooting from the raised seated position is a comfortable advantage. Standing is easy, too. Paddle out, recover the birds, and do it again. A dog is optional, although always good company.

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