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Are waders a must for duck hunting

I was wondering if waders are a must or could i get away with not having them.

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Depends

Waders or rubber hip boots, you'll likely want one or the other depending on where you are hunting waterfowl.  Ducks are found and retrieved mostly in wet areas, so you want to keep as dry as you can when hunting them.  If you plan on being a serious waterfowler you should get waders.  If you plan on only hunting in water no higher than your knee, then you can get away with hipboots. But conditions change and you can't always be promised low water levels in the same place all the time.  Birds favor various areas at various times and if you see them in areas of deeper sloughs or lakes you'll be limited with hip boots.  More often than not you have to go where the ducks want to be instead of hoping they will come to you where you'd rather be.  Waders will offer you much more advantage.  The type of waders will depend on what conditions you hunt in often.  Neoprene is great, but can be too warm in early season or areas that have milder conditions.  5mm or 3mm are the thickness offered in neoprene.  If you go with the thinner ones you can always layer with fleece pants in colder temps. You can also go with rubber/nylon waders to start out with as they are generally less expensive.

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I'd say it depends on where

I'd say it depends on where your hunting. Last year out in Colorado I wouldn't be caught dead without a pair of waders on. They work great in the snow even if your not getting into the water. Last year I used my orvis breathables with a fleece liner. I ripped the ass out of them on the last weekend so I don't recomend using expensive fly fishing waders.Wink

Now that i'm in Florida I proabably won't be using any because it will be warmer temps. Also most of my hunting down here will be from a boat so they're not needed.

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Like the others have already

Like the others have already stated, they are not a must but depending on circumstances they are damn handy.  I like using them because the dog likes to get up close and personal after he retrieves the birds.  It saves me from getting soaked from him.  The neoprene ones are quite hard to walk in if you have a ways to travel especially climbing hills. 

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Like everyone has stated it

Like everyone has stated it all depends on where you rae hunting.  If you are hunti9ng a small pond or river where you can retreive duck and decoys with a pole of some sort them you would be OK.  But by chance you need to get intot the water I would definetly have some.

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Thanks guys for the help. My

Thanks guys for the help. My parents bought me some for my birthday, so i'm set for waders

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You have some smart partents

You have some smart partents

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I know you've already got the

I know you've already got the waders (thanks Mom & Dad) but I'd have to say that waders are only needed for duck hunting if you don't want to get wet. Even when jump shooting creeks or boat hunting they'll be worth their weight. Maybe if dry land field shooting over decoys with a good dog they wouldn't be needed but for the other 99.9% if the time I'd just as soon forget the second box of shells than not have waders.

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waders

I'd say it depends on where you hunt.  The way I do it I never use them. In fact they'd be a pain in the but and a liability.  I hunt out of a boat on a large river.  I never have a need to set foot in the river so I wear boots and rain pants.  I stay dry as a whistle.  If I had waders on it'd be less comfortable than wearing my typical hunting pants and thinner rain pants.  I also use hip waders when hunting the creeks.  If I had them on in a boat I'd have a death wish.  I fall over in 30 feet of water and you can kiss me goodbye as soon as those thngs fill with water.

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That's why....

bearklr wrote:

I fall over in 30 feet of water and you can kiss me goodbye as soon as those thngs fill with water.

That's why you always wear some type of safety belt while in waders.  Could be an ordinary snug fitting nylon belt or a snug fitting neoprene ammo belt/bandolier.  It will minimize your waders from filling and sinking you to the bottom.  I suppose in a boat you may never need or want waders though.  But in that deep of water you really should be wearing some type of floatation device too.

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but neoprene waders are actually more safe in my opinion

you can float in neoprene waders the same way you have some flotation in a wetsuit. It's the same material, but there's a great analysis on YouTube where the guy actually tries each style of waders and has fairly good boyancy in all of them. I was somewhat shocked. But, the problem is getting out of the water when the waders are full, and they are especially dangerous in streams where your agility would be hindered...bottom line, read this article by "riverman" and heed his warning that wading belts are critical and important when trying to exit the water.

http://www.stripersonline.com/surftalk/showthread.php?t=490330

JDavis

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