boats with the wind.
of my boats are powered by Armstrong. For you boat neophytes; that is powered
by strong arms and a 12 foot closet rod. You can purchase closet rods at your
local lumber yard. The telescoping aluminum poles are expensive, donít float
and ice up faster than wooden poles. I donít recommend them. There are several
types of pole feet available. Cabalasí has the duckfoot and the wooden
foot (which is actually plastic now). I have friends that use only a pole with
no end. Your selection will depend on the type of bottom where you will be
poling. A hard bottom (flooded agricultural fields) where your pole wonít sink
in the mud dictates a pole end which will get a bite such as the wooden foot or
no end at all. A soft bottom (emergent marsh) needs an end which will keep your
pole from sinking in the mud such as the duck foot.
you have selected your pole end and before you go to the marsh, throw your pole
in the pond for a day. This will give the pole the ability to bend and maybe
not break. If you are just learning how to pole, I suggest waiting for a warm
day with little or no wind. I would also suggest that you practice poling
before you go hunting. It will be a frustrating experience if you try to learn
how to pole in the dark with a boat load of decoys, dog, gun, shells and lunch.
teach kids about duck boats at youth waterfowl hunting clinics. The
kids usually learn to pole faster than the adults. Most of the kids are poling
a relatively straight line in about 20 minutes. At first, poling seems
backwards. When you practice take a 5 gal. bucket, fill it with water and place
it in the front of your boat to simulate a load (HINT: the boat steers better
with a load).
Will & Lilly on their own.
in the rear of the cockpit facing straight forward with feet a little wider
than shoulder width apart. Imagine a point on the bottom of the marsh 2 or 3
feet behind your pole side shoulder. Place the pole foot there and push. As you
glide through the water leave your pole in the water to act as a rudder. Pretty
soon you will figure out that if you rudder your pole foot to the right, the
nose of your boat will also go right. The next step after you place your pole
on the bottom is to hand over hand until you run out of pole. This will give
you some momentum. Be sure and leave the pole in the water to act as a rudder.
Now practice, practice.
you might guess there are numerous opportunities to get wet. I have several
hints which might keep you from taking a dip. Occasionally your pole will stick
in the mud as you are poling. This may sound obvious, but when your pole
sticks, let go of it or it will pull you out of the boat. I sometimes will hook
my toes under the edge of the cockpit to give myself additional leverage
against going backwards out of the boat. If you do happen to fall out of the
boat you are automatically a member of the DUNKIN CLUB. There are a couple
levels of membership. Regular membership requires at least two feet getting
wet. The "hat floater" is self-explanatory.
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