Boats in AZ?

Discussion in 'Arizona Flyway Forum' started by USMC, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. USMC

    USMC Elite Refuge Member

    Messages:
    1,710
    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2002
    Location:
    Bentonville, AR
    Are boats really needed in AZ to hunt?

    If so what is being used with the most success? Size of hull, shape of hull and engine?

    Thanks in advance:tu
     
  2. socalducks

    socalducks Senior Refuge Member

    Messages:
    686
    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2002
    Location:
    Chandler, AZ
    depends on where you are, although i would say that the majority of the birds i've shot have come not from a boat but from a spot i used a boat to get to. i personally don't like shooting from a boat. as far as sizes and shapes, i have a 17 foot aluminum with a 50hp outboard and a stealth powered by an electric motor. last year i only took out the 17 footer once. the rest of my hunts i used the stealth. a lot of guys have john boats and that should do the trick almost anywhere in az. mudmotors are nice but i haven't seen the need for one yet.
     
  3. timbutcher

    timbutcher Senior Refuge Member

    Messages:
    710
    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2007
    Location:
    Arizona
    No not at all. I started hunting from dykes and levees. JUst driving up and down the river.

    Or going to a refuge where a blind and such could be found.

    I believe ther is only a few good field locals in the state at certain times. But who knows.

    As I progressed to the rivers and lakes i started using a boat.

    You need a good dog down here IMO. That makes hunting the thick stuff easier.

    Stealths and phantoms are great down here.

    All the way to 18-20 footers with mud motors.

    So you can hunt any way you want.
     
  4. Birdup

    Birdup Moderator Moderator

    Messages:
    4,440
    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2002
    Location:
    Scottsdale, Az
    just be carefull on the lakes and rivers around here. Empty lakes have been known to fill up in hours due to flash floods up river and even th small lakes can get 4-5 foot whitecaps when the wind kicks up.

    FYI: Most people run outboards.
     
  5. USMC

    USMC Elite Refuge Member

    Messages:
    1,710
    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2002
    Location:
    Bentonville, AR
    I will relocate to the Scottsdale area and already own a great dog.

    How far would I have to travel to get to a decent spot?
     
  6. socalducks

    socalducks Senior Refuge Member

    Messages:
    686
    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2002
    Location:
    Chandler, AZ
    you can find birds within 200 miles
     
  7. 12ga

    12ga Banned

    Messages:
    1,579
    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2002
    Location:
    Black Canyon City, AZ
    I use a 12x32 jon with a 9.9 on one of the biggest lakes around. No problems.
    I don't suggest a smaller boat like , um lest see, oh yes 4 rivers layout boats with 9.9's on them have a habit of turning upside down and others have been reported to just fall out of them.:dv I wont mention Ty's refuge name tho!:l
     
  8. Kurt

    Kurt Senior Refuge Member

    Messages:
    813
    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2002
    Location:
    Peoria, AZ
    Socal,

    I think those two birds you are referring to were shot last year. The other three we've been chasing are 240 miles away.

    Kurt
     
  9. socalducks

    socalducks Senior Refuge Member

    Messages:
    686
    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2002
    Location:
    Chandler, AZ
    Kurt,

    i think we may have a few more birds this season. the ducks at the zoo seemed to of produced a few more young dumb babies so our statewide total may be up to 5 birds. i really hope to kill one this year.
     
  10. Dr.Quack

    Dr.Quack Senior Refuge Member

    Messages:
    400
    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2001
    Location:
    Nevada City, CA
    Matt-You can have my 1 bird this year.
     

Share This Page