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JustBen
10-01-2012, 10:34 AM
I took my wife out for her first exposure to waterfowl hunting Sunday morning. We went out with the goal of getting a duck or two, but the geese were coming in nicely. We took a short walk into some public land (1/2 mile) and set up on the edge of the slough. Within minutes we had geese right overhead coming in on a nice approach vector. I rose up and shot a goose, intent on having it fall on land, rather than in the water. Apparently, I misjudged how high and fast they were moving, and the big canada came to a crash about 30 yards out from shore. And the wind was blowing the wrong way, slowly blowing the bird to the far side.

Well, thank goodness the water wasn't deep. I was able to wade out to waist deep and retrieve the bird. Being an ethical hunter and getting the bird meant I got wet. And cold. And of course, my lovely wife had the good idea to take some pictures while I was out on the retrieve.

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If I'm going to do this again, I either need a dog or some waders. Unfortunately, we can't have another dog at this time, so I need some advise on getting a set of waders.

Thanks guys!

Turkeyslayer 1300
10-05-2012, 04:34 AM
Go to Cabelas and Order their Neoprene waders, the Deluxe 250$ set. I have had my Extra husky set for 4 years and us them for work plus 40 plus days of Waterfowl each fall and they are the greatest.

NMMB
10-07-2012, 09:19 PM
I'll also vouch for Cabela's neoprene waders. I've had mine for a few years and despite the abuse, they're holding up well.

BruceW
10-08-2012, 05:14 PM
What you need isn't waders, it's a hunting buddy who's terrible at bushing. ;)
I'd suggest instead of waders a little one man(they call them 2 man) dingy for 40 bucks. I finally replaced mine after close to 30 yrs of service. (slow leaks mean nothing when you're in a foot of water. :) )
Waders won't do you much good slogging through 4' of mud and cattails.
That being said, years ago wife and I used to enjoy shore fishing for perch. We found if you waded out to about crotch level you could cast deep enough to catch them in droves. Long story short, we tried a couple different brands of traditional gumboot style chest wader. My advice; don't waste your money on them, they're all junk and good for Maybe a 1/2 dozen uses at best, and I guarantee you they'll be cracked and leak next spring no matter how you store them.
Neoprene sounds like a better bet to me as well.

(some guys carry a pocket fisherman with a treble hook for retrieving, but it won't do you any good in cattails)

Oh, BTW, next time take off your pants, boots and socks, wade out in your shorts, then you come back to dry stuff. (I didn't win bushing against my cousin Every time. :smash: )

McCrea
11-09-2012, 11:49 AM
Cabelas, Lacrosse or Rocky Waders are all good. I have the Rocky and my teammates have the Lacrosse and Cabelas.