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    • James HarveyJames Harvey
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      I’m very new to the whole sea kayaking game, so this is a question for you guys who’ve ‘been there, done that’, do you do anything special to waterproof your bow and arrows or do they just get dry bagged like everything else? It seems pretty straight forward to me, but thinking I’ve got things all figured out is usually a red flag to me that I’ve missed something critical 😉

      Jim

    • 1shot
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      LOVE my kayak(14ft freedom hawk, stand-up fishing kayak), best money I’ve ever spent(being towed toward open ocean off of Rhode Island by a monster Striped bass(52lbs) was a high-light on a flyrod hehehe…)

      I have never hunted from a kayak, but from a canoe I took no special precautions, besides a trip to a carwash to rinse saltwater off kayak on the way home, and the sink at home to rinse gear…

    • Stephen Graf
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      I’ve hunted from a canoe many times. Been more worried about dinging the bow up on the canoe/rocks than worried about it getting wet.

      Whatever trouble you are about to get into… Have fun!

    • Etter1
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      My bows seem to get soaked in saltwater every time we go back and forth from blackbeard island. I always just rinse them off with freshwater and then flush the fletchings and shoot the bow a few times to dry out and “re-puff” my silencers.

    • mhay
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      I have a canoe but have yet to use it . But , I also built a steel frame across the bed of my old truck for carrying my recurve. The steel frame stays in the bed and the bow is placed in an oak cradle that attaches in about one minute by use of a 1.5 inch square plate and wingnuts on a permanent stud .

      Now I have the canoe set up to use the same cradle to prevent my bow from being damaged .

      The cradle mounts and removes in seconds and is presently holding the bow in the house ,,on a dresser .

      Oak , woods screws , glue and self adhesive felt padding in the cradle cut outs to prevent marring the riser .

    • Troy Warner
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      If it can tip over/capsize I will do it. I learned a few lessons duck hunting in a boat.

      1 if it doesn’t float tie to something that does

      2 if there’s a current or it’s a long transport-more than 10 minutes- tie every thing together so when you find it again it’s all together.

      3 crazy friend and friends crazy untrained dog are not allowed in my boat with me any more.

      4 Wear life jackets when transporting from dock to hunting site.

      I just adjust the above to fit bow hunting and canoeing

      Good luck Jim and stay as dry as possible.

    • James HarveyJames Harvey
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      Well I did a few day adventures over the christmas break, paddling about, exploring some mangroves, ‘found’ a shipwreck (everyone else already knew about it) and tried my hand at bowfishing (unsuccessfully).

      I made a few discoveries. The first was the only black mark against the samick sage, especially as a bowfishing rig. The limb bolts and the little screws that hold the limb brackets in place showed rusting by the time I got home the first day out. Along the same lines I was surprised to see the head of my Bohning bowfishing arrow rusting after a day or two. I guess it’s a lesson to rinse all my gear as soon as possible, but a bit disheartening for my planned adventures as fresh water will be rationed. They’ll definitely end up in a dry bag next time.

      On the bright side of discovery, I learned that mangroves are a fun place for stumping, with abundant plastic jetsam, so I was glad I brought a blunt tipped carbon along. I also learned that at least in some places, you can find kangaroos in the mangroves at low tide, pity you’re not allowed to hunt them! But the mangroves were also a fun place to track, because even a dunce like me gets to trot along like an African Bushman following the sign in the mud 😀

      I’m hopeful I’ll get some work related kayaking trips this year and gather further experience being unsuccessful at bowfishing 😉

      Thanks for your thoughts and experience shared above too fellas!

      Jim

      PS

      I’m having camel tonight for dinner. Someone else shot it though, I wish that was my story to tell!

    • 1shot
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      Sounds like a great adventure AusJim… Maybe a light coating of Wd-40 or other light-weight oil would keep the rust at bay for a few days???… You need to aim lower at your target when bow-fishing due to refraction…

      Camel is delish, had a feast after some training, the young camel that showed-up in the back of a truck as the ‘guest of honor” for our feast wasnt impressed as us though…

      (Also learned about “baboon relocation” on that trip… Baboons are destructive critters and some cultures wont kill them, so to remove a pack of Baboons they would capture one, paint him in gold paint(I guess any color would work) and release him to re-join the pack. Since they are a social animal they will try to RV with the pack and the others are so spooked they run off, 20-30miles or untill the paint wears-off and the baboons are then someone elses problem…hehehe)

    • Mark Turton
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      Jim, sounds like a good way to spend christmas, you obviously avoided the salties.

      I second WD40 it will allow you to keep the internal threads free from rust.

      1shot, Baboons, nasty buggers by all accounts.

      Mark.

    • William WarrenWilliam Warren
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      Here is a video by Yononindo who posts here sometimes. This a bowfishing vid from the kayak.

    • wahoo
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      he puts out a great video – to bad you can’t see that stuff on the boob tube. I have a yak but no carp – looks like great fun

    • James HarveyJames Harvey
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      That’s a great video Dunc, thanks for sharing it 😀

    • James HarveyJames Harvey
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      A photo of my shipwreck ‘discovery’. I reckon there’s always something a little eerie and exciting about finding wreckages or remnants of civilization in the wilderness.

      Jim

    • James HarveyJames Harvey
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      1shot, I LOVE that baboon story! WD-40 sounds like a go, or I may try a little bottle of rifle cleaning oil (just because I already have a conveniently tiny bottle of it).

      I also got put onto this ridiculous dry bag designed for rods/reels but would do nicely to keep a longbow out of harms way as well…

      http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/kayak-and-boat-fishing-rod-bag-/221355864671?pt=AU_Sport_Boating_Water_Sports_Watercraft&hash=item3389d6725f&_uhb=1

      It’s a bit rich for me really, but nice to know it’s out there I suppose.

      Jim

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