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Anybody used one of these things? Another bad public land hunting season spurred me to try a new angle. After hunting as long as I have, I rarely buy anything as I already have one of every necessity. But decided I need to take more advantage of my 5 state work area and Illinois lifetime hunting license. So was poking looking for ideas and seen this portable boat. A quick search of craigslist found a used one for sale up in Grand Rapids so I took the wife up there last week and bought it for $500. They sell new for about $2,000. My plan is to buy a 6 hp motor and start scouting islands and landlocked public in Illinois to get away from people. There are mature bucks where I hunt, but the intense pressure has them nocturnal by the rut. Will also come in handy for walleye in my Minnesota & Wisconsin areas, plus Lake Erie spring runs. Setup only takes ten minutes. And no trailer = no plate, no tax, no insurance, no maintenance, no storage & no waiting in line at boat launches. I have a lot to learn about boating and motors but should make for an interesting spring.
From: stick slinger
I’ve looked at them for getting into back lakes for fishing. Seems like a great option, but I don’t have any personal experience. I’d think it’s much better than an inflatable. Depending how far you go, an electric trolling motor may be a good option. It’s much quieter and no exhaust or gas smell.
I'll definitely need the gas motor for some of the walleye spots, but plan on trying an electric one as well for some applications.