Ten waterfowlers. Ten boats. Limitless Motion. Sportsmen take to the waters of Maine in Outdated City watercraft, and the outcomes are superb.

By Daniel McFetridge

A gross sales supervisor, an engineer, an accountant, a ski coach, a pastor and a biologist paddle their canoes at midnight. It feels like the beginning of a foul joke, nevertheless it’s truly only a scene from a latest looking journey with Outdated City.

In December of 2016, ten Maine sportsmen launched into a multi-day duck looking journey in Outdated City canoes and kayaks masking Maine’s two distinct, and really totally different, areas. Day one occurred on an inside lake in Penobscot County with the group on the lookout for Mallards, Black Geese, and divers. The second day introduced the group to the rocky islands of Casco Bay, the place Eiders, Scoters, Goldeneyes and Longtail geese prefer to feed on oysters.

Conversations amongst Maine sportsmen are often dominated by moose, deer, pike, salmon, and different fashionable sport – however there’s one Maine custom that tends to fly beneath the radar in Vacationland: waterfowl looking.

“The motion of waterfowl looking is so a lot better than another sort of looking I’ve ever skilled,” stated Sean Molloy, pastor and avid hunter. “To have birds are available and decoy round you – it’s thrilling and thrilling, and a whole lot of enjoyable.”

On the brink of set decoys in Casco Bay within the Predator PDL.

Avian-X Topflight Floating Mallards

With assist from Avian X, Zink Calls, Yamaha Motors, Jetboil, Filson and Purpose Zero, the blokes loaded up their Outdated City boats and hit the water as Maine sportsmen have been doing for generations.

Utilizing a wide range of boat varieties, the group was capable of haul all ten hunters, decoys, a photographer and all of his digicam gear, and numerous provides for everybody. The Discovery 169, Discovery 133 and Discovery Sport 15 (outfitted with a Yamaha F4 outboard) did the heavy lifting, transporting digicam gear, decoys and anchor programs, and a German Shorthair Pointer named Echo, with ease.

Rising up, Maine Grasp Information Jeremy hatch at all times used an Outdated City Canoe, a convention he’s proud to maintain alive right now. He was fast to appreciate the advantages of looking from an Outdated City.

”With regards to loading two dozen decoys, canine, you possibly can actually load up and put in a whole lot of supplies,” he stated concerning the Discovery 169. “Once you get into excessive water it could actually actually offer you a safer platform to hunt out of. I do know these boats are being designed and constructed by people which are utilizing them for a similar causes I’m, and it reveals within the ultimate merchandise.”

An Outdated City discovery has sufficient room for your whole waterfowl gear.

The Predator kayaks, designed particularly with waterfowlers in thoughts, supplied an all-in-one looking platform. The hunters had been capable of transport blind luggage and shotguns on the deck and fill the press seal bow hatch with decoys, meals, water, and blind-building supplies.

Scott Marquis, a longtime Maine waterfowler, claims that the Predator PDL modified the best way he approached duck looking.

“Looking out of a kayak actually helps my entry. There’s loads of room to suit all of my decoys, my gear, my instances of shells. I’m capable of get to elements the place individuals with motor boats aren’t capable of get to. Setting longlines at midnight is not any simple feat, however with the PDL I used to be capable of get our unfold arrange in a matter of minutes.”

As soon as the decoys and equipment had been able to go, it was time to get into place and look ahead to the geese to fly. By backing the kayaks into tall reeds and grass, adjusting the Ingredient Seating System, and throwing some grass and dust over their legs, the hunters nearly disappeared into their environment. And when it got here time to retrieve a fallen duck, the Predator made it fast and simple.

The Predator sequence kayaks are an all-in-one waterfowl looking platform.

Duck looking requires a whole lot of gear – a typical unfold can comprise a number of dozen decoys, blind constructing materials, and ample ammunition for a full day of capturing, which creates a roadblock for a lot of potential hunters. How are you imagined to get all of that gear to a distant location on the water? Strolling longer than a pair hundred yards loaded up with gear is exhausting and time consuming. Bigger boats supply the capability to move the whole lot, however accessing marshy and muddy areas may be practically unattainable, and concealing your boat from curious birds may be difficult and costly.

“There are locations I hunt that I simply can’t get to by strolling or by having an enormous boat,” claimed Molloy. “The kayak offers me the flexibility to simply get to the place the birds are.”

Outdated City canoes and kayaks, designed particularly with sportsmen in thoughts, make it simpler to move gear, entry rugged and distant areas, and provides hunters a protected platform for looking in practically any situations.

The steady platform of the Predator XL lets waterfowlers sett decoys with ease.
When the group returned to the boat launch on the afternoon of day two, the outcomes had been fairly clear. Mallards, Eiders, Longtail, and a Goldeneye all served as a testomony to not solely the bounty of Maine’s lovely waterways, however the versatility of the Outdated City canoes and kayaks that make them extra accessible.

Outdated City launched a video documenting the journey on their YouTube channel, you’ll want to test it out. To be taught extra about Outdated City watercraft, go to them at www.oldtowncanoe.com or go to your native Outdated City seller.

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