Choosing a Hunting Kayak

Choosing a Hunting Kayak

7th Oct 2022

Choosing a Hunting Kayak

Hunting can be done from a myriad of locations such as up in a tree, on foot, in a blind and more. However, when hunting for ducks, waterfowl, or even deer, a portable kayak is undeniably a great method. To start, kayaks can get you directly on top of a body of water and help you access the most remote locations that cannot be reached by truck, suv, utv, atv or by foot alone. You can maneuver a kayak into the optimal spot to take advantage of cover, the sun angle, decoy deployment and the lane of incoming game. This allows you to take a shot from the best direction and immediately retrieve any downed ducks. Kayaks are practically silent so you can get to your spot without scaring away nearby game and they will never see you coming if you turn your kayak into a mobile blind. They can be simpler to transport and launch compared to an aluminum Jon boat. Lastly, hunting kayaks are designed with plenty of storage space and a serious weight capacity to fit yourself along with your guns, gear, and game. Owning a portable hunting kayak can expand your hunting excursions. Best of all, anyone can own a kayak… if you choose the right one!

Duck Hunter on Portable Sportsmen’s Kayak

Hunting kayaks give hunters access to their most optimal spots. Instead of being confined to land, a hunting kayak will get you right out on the water. This is great for hunting waterfowl directly from the kayak. After making a shot, hunters can quickly retrieve the bird that has been downed. While hunting for deer, kayaks can get you to those hard-to-reach, remote locations. Compared to other boats, kayaks can traverse very shallow waters and narrow channels. They are very maneuverable so a kayaker can easily pull up to the shore, hop out and head to their favorite spot.

Hunter on Portable Kayak

When choosing a hunting kayak, it is imperative to consider stability. Stability is a key element when it comes to safely hunting from a kayak because there is so much motion. You will want a kayak that will provide you with a stable shooting position. Many hunters bring their dogs with them to help retrieve their prey; a wide base is necessary to keep balanced while the dog moves around on and off the kayak. Not to mention, most hunting occurs during cooler weather so it is important to avoid a kayak that might toss you into the cold water.

Hunting kayaks are extremely stealthy, relatively compact and make little noise allowing hunters to slip quietly into marshes,swamps and remote bodies of water to get to their favorite spot. If you are not using a retriever you can use your kayak to quietly retrieve downed birds without worrying about muddy bottoms or being chest deep in cold water. On a kayak you can silently float hunt moving about to find birds. Overall hunting with kayaks can make a big difference in the success of your hunt as remote areas tend to have a larger bird population with less competition.

Kayaks are great for duck hunting because you can turn them into a mobile blind. All you need is simple items such as raffia grass, burlap, zip ties, tin snips, and polypropylene fencing for camouflage. Some Kayaks may even offer ready made blind Kits. The kayak hunters that opt for mobile concealment may get the best shots of all.

If you are using a small Jon boat or large format traditional kayak, due to their size, they generally take similar effort to transport and launch, usually requiring a truck or trailer to transport them. If you are looking to make the process easier you may want to consider portable kayaks. They are generally considered easy to transport and launch. Portable kayaks make for a very simple transport to the water with the ability to use ATVs, UTVs, SUVs, and Trucks etc. They allow you the ability to launch at a wider range of sites. Portable kayaks also require a much smaller storage space than a traditional kayak for both home and vehicle.

One of the most important factors when choosing a hunting kayak would be the on board storage space. When hunting from land, you have the opportunity to bring a great deal of belongings with you. When hunting from a kayak, you have to be more selective about what you can bring and also the game that you return with. Plus, you will need to ensure that your selected items stay secure. It’s important to choose a hunting kayak with plenty of accessible storage spaces for your food, water, safety kit, firearms/bows, ammunition, decoys, blinds etc.

hunter in camo on portable kayak

You should choose a kayak with a weight capacity that can withstand your weight, the weight of all your gear, and the weight of any potential game you want to bring back with you. Hunting clothes, guns, and ammunition can add a significant amount of weight to your hunting kayak. If you’re hunting for larger game, there are options such as floats, life jackets, or another kayak to help offset the weight on the kayak.

Typically, when investing in such a product, you have to spend hours upon hours researching your options. Then, you have to pick and choose which hunting kayak features are the most important to you because it is challenging to accommodate hunters' highly individualistic needs and environments. For the first time ever, you can have it all in one portable kayak with the new patented portable Flip-Kat®, by Noisy River Outdoors. The Flip-Kat® will enhance your hunting excursions like none other and still provide you access to other great activities on your off days.

To start, the stability of the  Flip-Kat® is world class thanks to its unique catamaran hull design that extends to be over eleven feet long. The multi-position chair/leaning post is perfect for long hunting excursions because, not only is it comfortable, but it's extremely versatile with 54 adjustable positions. The positions range from 90 degrees to a 45 degree layout and 1 to 13 inches off the deck. This lets you find the perfect spot that fits you and your application. Where the seat is positioned allows you to sit above the hulls for a dryer ride. When you are in the leaning post position you can stand and maneuver with ease using a paddle or the bixpy jet drive. The four foot wide deck keeps the kayak balanced while you or your dog is moving around and with its 5 cubic feet of covered storage it leaves plenty of room for your gear to keep the deck clear. With the size of the deck the Flip-Kat® is the perfect base for a portable blind! Due to its unmatched stability for a portable kayak, the Flip-Kat makes for an extremely stable hunting platform that can be used for sit down and stand up shooting just like a land based duck blind.

Considering how large a platform the Flip-Kat becomes, it is highly maneuverable. With the chair/leaning post, you are not “stuck” inside like other sit-inside hunting kayaks. With the built in whisper quiet pedal drive, you can quietly pedal into your favorite spot and get set up for your hunt. The pedal drives has the unique ability to pedal over logs, rocks, and shallow water by using its automatic Kickup prop shaft and guard. You can transition from pedaling forward to backwards with no extra effort, enabling you to seamlessly maneuver.

The Flip-Kat® is roto-molded like many traditional kayaks so that it doesn't sacrifice rigidity for portability. It has a weight capacity of 350 pounds! Plus, the chair has a built-in cup holder and tool caddy!

Hunter Taking Shot on Portable Kayak

Anybody can own a hunting kayak thanks to the Flip-Kat®. Perhaps the icing on the cake of this perfect hunting kayak is its portability and storability. This large kayak folds up into a compact box that fits inside a standard closet. Although it weighs around 145 pounds, you shouldn't have to lift more than half of its weight at once. The Flip-Kat® has an integrated handle and wheel system to allow for easy transportation. Don’t worry about getting the kayak down the stairs at your apartment building, it fits in the elevators. The back of many suvs and our hitch rack system can both fit up to two Flip-Kats. When lifting the kayak to the hitch rack system, the Flip-Kat® is designed to act as a cantilever so you never have to break a sweat.

Most hunting kayaks tend to run on the expensive side, so it’s important to get something that checks all your boxes and is durable. As previously mentioned, Noisy River Outdoors did not want to settle for less so they created the best portable hunting kayak on the market. You can have all of your favorite features in one kayak without the buyer's remorse. The Flip-Kat® is proudly made in the USA with the finest materials to ensure a very long lasting life.

Lastly, the Flip-Kat® can also be used for many different purposes. It works as a typical portable kayak where you sit and paddle or you can sit and pedal. The Flip-Kat also allows you to stand and paddle. The Flip-Kat is the first portable Kayak with a built-in pedal drive. If you feel like jetting around the bixpy jet electric motor can fit in conjunction with the pedal drive. That way you can use just the Bixpy, just the pedal drive, or both together! If you’re an avid fisherman, there’s no better place to catch than from a Flip-Kat. During the hot summer days, if the built-in canopy isn’t enough for you, you can jump into the water and easily climb back aboard using the pull-down step system. It’s safe to say that the Flip-Kat really does have it all, making it the best  portable hunting kayak on the market today!