Is it color or motion?

Discussion in 'Diver Hunters Forum' started by Refugee, Dec 30, 2003.

  1. Refugee

    Refugee Senior Refuge Member

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    Hi, I have a question for all the diver specialists here. Most if not all hunters who hunt divers from a boat have their boats painted in camo, or grey. There is a mid-sized impoundment next to my house that is covered with divers this time of year. Due to the weather, it does get rough. I own three boats, but the only one that is camo is a small 12' that is too small to take out in case the wind picks up. The second is a 14' aluminum that is olive drab only on the inside, and the third is a 17' whaler. The whaler would be the most comfortable, but it is all white. How important is that? The lake has rather shallow, rolling banks and the birds seem to stay in a band along the entire shoreline rangeing from 50 to 200 yards out. The tactic I wanted to employ was to anchor in that band, and lay low, under the gunnel and just peek over the top and pass shot birds moving back and forth along the band. I do have a small amount of open water decoys that I could use. I have noticed that puddle ducks for the most part flare and shy away from both the human form, and from movement, not so much from highly visible but inanimate objects such as junked cars or other forms of large garbage. If all the divers see from their point of view is an un-manned bright white boat, how will they react? So, I guess the ultimate question is, is it pure futility to go out in a snow goose white boat and expect to get some birds to pass within range? Can it be done? Granted this does not factor in if they have been shot at and so forth, but it seems to me that they have seen little pressure on this lake. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. MissedAgain

    MissedAgain Elite Refuge Member

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    the white will hurt you.

    go to an army surplus store, spend $50 and get yourself a surplus parachute. No more white!

    Put out all the decoys you've got. You have everything else figured out.

    Happy Shooting!
     
  3. Refugee

    Refugee Senior Refuge Member

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    Ya, I have a 10' x 20' camo tank net that I split into 2 pieces that would work, but that stuff snags on everything. I figured I might grab a rod or two and give the birds the "I'm only fishin'" look. That seems to work around here, especially after the season!:D
     
  4. MissedAgain

    MissedAgain Elite Refuge Member

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    I keep telling myself I'm going to get a parachute, them things are HUGE and weigh almost nothing.

    I like the army netting stuff and used to have some until it became brittle and fell apart.

    That fishing approach has to be the best one. I think the secret is to actually have a fish on, then the ducks 'know' you aren't hunting! All we need to do is invent a 12 ga that casts light lures!

    Good luck!
     
  5. MichaelLudwig

    MichaelLudwig Senior Refuge Member

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    Build yourself a floater blind that you can drive the boat inside. We use them all the time in Long Point Bay. Never have to worry about the color of the boat because the cedar on the floater blind masks it quite well.
     

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