Louisville Public Land

Discussion in 'Waterfowl Hunting' started by bbailey24, Aug 4, 2019.

  1. bbailey24

    bbailey24 Fawn

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    I moved to Louisville, KY this summer to attend physical therapy school. I was born and raised in Alabama and have been an avid public land hunter my entire life. I plan on duck hunting out of a kayak this year and have only found Taylorsville lake that seems worth a shot. What other public body’s of water would y’all recommend checking out in the Louisville area for ducks (divers or puddle ducks)? I am not asking for anyone’s spot or honey hole I’m just a guy trying to get away (if school allows) and go chase some birds.
     
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  2. Marsh CallUser

    Marsh CallUser 12 pointer

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    Ohio river. But you'll need a bigger boat.
     
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  3. bbailey24

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    Unfortunately all I have is a Kayak. I’ve hunted the Tennessee River my entire life and I understand how current, debris, waves, etc are basically impossible with a kayak. So I should rule out the Ohio in a Kayak?
     
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  4. Giveem3outdoors

    Giveem3outdoors 12 pointer

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    I wouldnt try the Ohio with a kayak. As for the Louisville area hunting I'm of no help.
     
  5. DH13

    DH13 12 pointer

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    I wouldn't try the Big O in a kayak. Go to KY F&W online look up public hunting sites there. See what is close for you. Tville can be good late when ponds start to freeze. Check out Salt river. I don't hunt public land for waterfowl. Mostly private. So not much help on public stuff. But online it will show you public hunting places for waterfowl. Good luck.
     
  6. Meatstick

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    Don't try the Ohio in a yak.
    Stay off my Salt River, or I'll slit your tires.
    Taylorsville ain't bad when/if it gets cold
     
  7. Giveem3outdoors

    Giveem3outdoors 12 pointer

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    Tire slitting talk this early in August. I like it.
     
  8. KY Swamp Beagler

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    Start here:

    https://app.fw.ky.gov/Public_Lands_Search/default.aspx
     
  9. bbailey24

    bbailey24 Fawn

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    Territorial over public land huh? Sounds like the crew I hunt with on the Tennessee River. Does Taylorsville get mostly divers or is there any mallards/gadwall also?
     
  10. Meatstick

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    Little bit of both. Emphasis on little bit
     
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  11. Rob DeHaven

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    Focus on the tributaries that feed the Ohio and most days you could be on the Ohio since with the kayak you would be right along the bank anyway. Hunt the mouth of the tributaries or find places you can put out decoys on the main channel. Wear breathable waders so you can still maneuver in the kayak. No matter what like everywhere you have to find a place where ducks are so scout. Ducks are very weather dependent around here. Good luck.
     
  12. Bowfinger

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    West winds are your friend on the big O. Nothing better than freezing temps and strong west winds.

    KDT
     
  13. ptbrauch

    ptbrauch 12 pointer

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    I've had a kayak on the Ohio several times and am part of a group whose members take their yaks out there all the time. I've even kayaked through the locks at Louisville. I'm not really sure what the concern is on taking one out on the Ohio. Would you people object to taking one out on Kentucky or Barkley lakes?
     
  14. Meatstick

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    I've kayaked all over the Ohio river as well, but I won't when it's cold (duck season.) Fella could find himself in a bad way fast. But, it can be done, no doubt.
     
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  15. hunt-4-life21

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    Go west and (depending on time of year) north or south.
     

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