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Shooting Waterfowl from a Kayak in IL?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Luckyman, Apr 27, 2011.

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  1. Luckyman

    Luckyman Active Member

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    I recently purchased a kayak to do some fishing and thought it would be to great for waterfowl hunting as well....Does anyone know what restrictions would apply if any for using my kayak here in IL for this application?

    I was thinking about hunting on the Fox River as well as the Des Plaines this season...
     
  2. Dingelfutz

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    Why would waterfowl be in a kayak?
     
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    Aren't there some restrictions about firing firearms from watercraft (as distinguished from a floating blind)?!

    Jay
     
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    I hunt ducks in Alberta from a canoe, all legal because it is powered by me not a motor.
     
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    All States are different so it is best to check your state restrictions EACH YEAR.
     
  6. Luckyman

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    Jay-

    Great question! The main motivation for my post was to get answers to questions just like the one you posed....I thought maybe someone would have already engaged in this activity specifically here in IL and could shed some light on the subject...Phase 2 of my research will include a call into DNR but I wanted to start here...I will post what I find for all that are interested!
     
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    Legal in NY as long as it is not under the power of a motor.
     
  8. Luckyman

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    Here you go guys...This is right out of the Illinois Waterfowl Regulation handbook for 2010-11. Below it clearly states....

    Shooting Crippled Waterfowl From Boats
    It is unlawful to hunt waterfowl from a moving watercraft propelled by mechanical power or
    sails. NOTE: However, waterfowl hunters may have an uncased and unloaded gun in their
    boat for the purpose of pursuing crippled migratory waterfowl incapable of normal flight in an
    attempt to reduce said bird to possession, provided that the attempt is made immediately
    upon downing the bird and is done within 400 yards of the blind from which the bird was
    downed. The gun cannot be loaded unless the motor has been completely shut off and the
    crippled birds may not be shot from such a boat until the motor has been completely shut off
    and its progress therefrom has ceased.
     
  9. Remstar311

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    So your good then. The main thing the don't want you doing is trolling silently down a canal or inlet and popping ducks as they kick up.

    I have a canoe and I do NOT like hunting from it. For one, in NY the made it law to wear a life preserver b/t Oct and March I believe. Secondly, its cold so I am all bundled up and as soon as you move on a duck stuff starts a rocking. Even more when you start shooting.
     
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    I use to float the Iowa River in a kayak made before 1900. I was told not to shoot to the right (being right handed) because the recoil would make it roll over. Never tried made the experiment to see if my father was right. No problem shooting front to back on the left. D Winter
     
  11. Luckyman

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    The Kayak I purchased seems to be extremely stable even in rough windy conditions...It is the Ascend A10 model from Bass Pro...It is 10'2" in length and has a 325lb capacity and only weighs 52 lbs...

    I am a bigger person at 6'4' around 215 and it is extremely stable and comfortable to fish from...After fishing from it I don't think I would have a problem shooting from it either..It is very much like the posture of a lay-down blind...
     
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