Kayak Or Canoe?
These days it seems kayaks are all the rage in personal watercraft for outdoorsmen—and I must confess, I do love them for angling. But I've yet to find one as suitable for hunting as a canoe. One of the big reasons is a canoe's superior and downright impressive gear-hauling ability. Even an exceptionally compact canoe's deep, cradle-like design means you don't have to worry too much about transporting your bow or gun, portable treestand (or two), and fully loaded pack. In most cases you can simply stow and go. Your biggest concern, as with any type of water craft, is balancing the load. But outside of moving water, securing it all down is largely optional. Conversely, kayaks require a litany of straps and bungees to secure even the smallest loads, and even then, typically fall short of being able to haul large, bulky, and heavy items like treestands. And kayaks really struggle when the goal is hauling back an intact deer carcass. In fact, in almost all cases, I wouldn't recommend a kayak.