What’s in a hunting boat?
Well, this really depends on the desired needs at play. For instance, a bowfishing boat may be outfitted with front lights for night fishing and a lean rail around the bow for the bowfisherman, while a duck boat needs to be able to get into shallow water areas, camo itself well, and hold lots of gear.
An all around hunting boat may be up the aley of many outdoorsmen. In other words, something that can crossover into all of these worlds. This should include:
- Shallow Draft
Stability is a great asset as a hunter may need to be standing up (again, such as bowfishing). Transportability is required for ease of ravel into areas where a boat ramp may not be available. Boat storage will need to be able to hold blind materials, decoys, ammo, food, drinks, and of course the animals! Stealth is required for spot and stalk, or silent entry into an active area. Camouflage can make or break an on the water hunting trip. Shallow draft is required for slipping into the muckiest or shallowest of backwater hunting spots, or even coastal marsh grasses. Customizability is for making the boat your own for your own purposes, even if those purposes are any.
So, What’s a Good Hunting Boat?
Based on the above requirements, you may want to consider a one or two man plastic boat. A plastic boat will offer you easy transport – these are generally lighter. Plastic boats (such as round boats) can be ultra stable. You will have to shop around for the right one, but many hunting boats exists with a multitude of storage options. Most of these plastic boats geared for hunting come in subdues earth tones or are already camouflaged. Some even allow for aftermarket hunting blinds right on the deck! Plastic boats tend to draft shallower. They are also extremely quiet when compared to their clunky aluminum counterparts. Customization is a breeze with easy to drill plastic – and you can utilize a plethora of kayak accessories to make your hunting boat perfectly suited for your own needs.
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