| plained. "We traded
use of them. We also bought a boat that way as well. You can
find Feboys really cheap at yard sales as well."
Hunters inadvertently shoot Feboys, leading to many that are
no longer seaworthy. Akers has an ingenious plan to keep Feboys
useable for many years, even after they've been shot.
"Buy a can of low expansion foam used to fill gaps around
pipes," Akers said. "Shoot the foam inside the Feboy.
A can will fill three or four Feboys. They will never sink again,
no matter how many times your buddies shoot them."
John Brunjes, migratory bird biologist for Kentucky Fish and
Wildlife, used another system to save money on Feboys in the
past. "You can buy a dozen of the low end water keel Feboys
for $25 or so," he said. "They have a hole in the keel
to allow water inside intended to keep them upright and in place.
Water-keeled Feboys flip over in the slightest wind. I fill the
bottom cavity with sand and plug the hole. You can also use a
bolt. Filling the bottom with sand helps keep them upright."
You also don't need to own a boat or dogs to successfully waterfowl
hunt. Farm ponds, small rivers, creeks and even reservoirs offer
bank waterfowl hunting opportunities. A set of neoprene chest
hunting waders will help retrieve downed birds from shallow creeks,
| ponds. Poles designed to
set and retrieve Feboys also work well for recovering downed
Finding a place to hunt is one of the biggest challenges of waterfowling.
Most hunters can't afford to pay a lease arrangement with a landowner.
"I've traded labor rather than pay for a lease," Akers
said. "A farmer with a river system on his property caught
my eye. I knocked on the door and said 'I noticed your barn door
is off its track.' I offered to fix it in exchange for hunting
rights. I can still hunt there to this day. We're friends now.
| changed faucets in exchange
for hunting rights."
With the economy in the dumpster, frayed nerves everywhere and
money tight, use these simple tips to get into waterfowl hunting
and save some serious money. A day in a homemade blind pursuing
ducks is salve to jarred nerves and relieves the winter doldrums.