Where’s the BOAT?!

When considering the various uses and activities for boating, hunting often is overlooked.  Perhaps, because hunting boats are too well camouflaged and just never seen.

With the arrival of duck season, Kansas boat owner Lucas Carpenter’s boat “Transformer,” has evolved from fishing machine, to a stealthy, giant, floating bale of hay.  For ease of hauling, this accessory is “totally collapsible “and travels as “a couple of rolls and a bag of PVC pipes.”

I contacted the Boat US Foundation and Ducks Unlimited but was unable to secure exact figures for the number of boating duck hunters.  Lance Meeks, Hunter Education Coordinator with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife took a rough guess with 25%.  Professional Guide Jack Morris estimated much higher numbers. “Most hard core duck hunters at least have a boat of some kind, little or big. Nationwide, I’d say 45-65%.”

Whatever your boat use when the water has turned cold, be sure to take safety precautions.

And maybe don’t park too close to the neighbor’s cows…
Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”...  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie."  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.
Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well...
And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to www.takemefishing.org since 2011.