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Belly Boating to Ducks

Day 2: What You Need to Wear to Belly Boat Safely and Comfortably to Ducks

Editor’s Note: Belly boats can take you safely to the secret places ducks love – spots where other hunters never go.

Click for Larger ViewAfter I purchased my Bass Pro Shops’ belly boat, I began to assemble the gear I felt would be required. One of the biggest problems when hunting ducks, and especially when in a belly boat, is staying warm. If you’re cold and uncomfortable, you’ll miss a lot of birds. Since I realized that half of my body would be underwater most of the time, I knew that I must have the right kind of waders and clothes to keep me dry and warm. I chose insulated waders that were known for being tough. Click for Larger ViewWhen you’re moving around a beaver swamp, puncturing your waders is very easy to do, unless you have waders that are tough. Under the waders, I wear an outer shell of thick insulation – generally a down-filled snowmobile suit. The thick down provides a lot of insulation against the cold. Inside the snowmobile suit, I wear a pair of heavy denim blue jeans, and beneath the blue jeans is a suit of insulated underwear. I also wear heavy socks. Using this combination I’ve never gotten cold, even on the coldest days. My snowmobile suit is a one-piece garment that holds all of my body heat inside, besides protecting me from the cold down to my ankles. If I’m hunting ducks in a blowing rain, I usually wear some type of rain slicker over the snowmobile suit and a pair of insulated gloves that are water repellant and warm in a came pattern. I still can pick-up my ducks while wearing gloves and won’t get my hands wet and cold. Too, I still can shoot without being clumsy. After I put-on all my clothes, I am ready to hunt.

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewThe other very-important item I wear when belly boating to ducks is my Suspenders,
a sleeveless jacket that has inflatable fronts that you can activate when on the water to keep you from going under. You’re very safe when you combine wearing your SOSpenders with maneuvering to ducks in your belly boat. See

To learn more about my belly boat, go to, or visit your local Bass Pro Shops’ store.

Tomorrow: Tactics to Use When Belly Boating to Ducks


Check back each day this week for more about "Belly Boating to Ducks "

Day 1: Why I Needed a Belly Boat to Hunt Ducks
Day 2: What You Need to Wear to Belly Boat Safely and Comfortably to Ducks
Day 3: Tactics to Use When Belly Boating to Ducks
Day 4: More Tactics to Use for Belly Boating to Ducks
Day 5: Helpful Hints to Belly Boat for Ducks Successfully

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Entry647, Day 2