SITKA GEAR.COM – Folks get a little nutty when seasons open. All the pent up scouting pressure can’t wait to release. Gear is prepped. Boat is loaded. Anxiety over somebody getting to “your” spot first ruins your sleep. So my duck obsessed friend Brian cooked up the genius plan of slipping the kayaks in the night before the opener into his “secret” spot, setting up decoys, camping on a muddy hump in the marsh, and waking up before anybody else had a chance to get there. Sounded pleasant enough.
The particular local and route of entry required motoring two kayaks upriver, and paddling, portaging, dragging, breaching beaver dams, and brush busting our camping and hunting gear into a pot-holed backwater of the river, in the dark. We left the boat ramp with full bellies and charged headlamp batteries. [Read More]