This was just a test to make sure everything worked the way we thought it would. After direction from the inventor John Lutz, we attained a kayak paddle for maximum paddling efforts as well as an Otter sled to haul all the gear and decoys in, tied up 10 feet behind the boat. We were even able to get the dog to sit on the back while paddling in open water.
From there is was off to one of the local favorites, for the ducks that is. This WMA marsh is so hard to access, only a handful of the most dedicated duck hunters in the area will even attempt to hunt the marsh due to the 200 yard cattail bog that surrounds the place. With no motors allowed and water depts topping 10 ft before even reaching the open water the ducks have it made… until now.
It was helpful that a trail had been blazed by a few previous hunters prior to our arrival but that didn’t help getting to the open water without the Mudbob. Earlier in the season we tried to access the marsh with a small layout boat and it was a successful hunt, but took over 1 ½ hours of serious work to get in and out. Harder than most 2 a day football practices I might add. For those looking for a vigurous work out at 4am that is fine, but for the hunter who is over the age of 25 this is a much easier method we would come to find.
We were able to literally RUN across the bog within about 15 minutes, even through the tough to get through areas. It was night and day from our previous experience. Once on the open water it wasn’t too bad paddling across the lake. It wasn’t like paddling a canoe, but it wasn’t that bad. Once in place the Mudbob actually made a great blind as well. Simply pulling over some of the cattails along the shore made a great hide, and kept us out of sight at water level. It made for a great hunt and the ducks never knew we were there. We had wary late season Mallards dumping in from 10 yards out throughout the morning. This product is perfect for the die hard waterfowl hunter and we give it the Big Thumbs Up!!!
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