In the Field

Kayak Camping, Bow Hunting and Fishing Solo Adventure

kayak, kayaking, kayak fishing, kayak camping, kayak deer hunting, bow hunting, bowhunting deer, kayak camping trip, hunting, hunting deer, hunting videos, hunting bow, canoe fishing, canoe hunting, canoe camping, float hunting, float hunting deer, float fishing, hunting gear, fishing gear, camping gear

I recently did a four-day kayaking, camping, bowhunting, trout fishing solo adventure on one of my favorite rivers of southern Missouri…which I’m purposely not naming as I don’t want to give away my secret spots! Sorry. Anyhow, it’s an area of public land that I’ve spent many years exploring and countless hours fishing for trout and smallmouth bass on. During all those years on the river and the surrounding wilderness area, I’ve always had it in the back of my mind to perhaps try some bowhunting for deer there. And so, I finally did.

I had a buddy shuttle me and my kayak to the upper area of the river where I’d start my adventure and made arraignments to leave my Jeep many miles downstream where I’d eventually come out. My relatively small kayak has a weight capacity of 275 pounds, so I was very restricted on how much gear I could take along. For most of my adult life, I’ve weighed in at 240 to 250 pounds, as I did a great deal of weightlifting for many years and carried quite a bit of muscle. More recently, however, I decided to downsize some and dropped 40 pounds, as I don’t train heavy anymore and just don’t need the extra bulk. I have to say, I feel much better, have much more speed and stamina, and my overall health has improved significantly since leaning up. As a result, I also now have extra room on my kayak for just such a trip.

kayak, kayaking, kayak fishing, kayak camping, kayak deer hunting, bow hunting, bowhunting deer, kayak camping trip, hunting, hunting deer, hunting videos, hunting bow, canoe fishing, canoe hunting, canoe camping, float hunting, float hunting deer, float fishing, hunting gear, fishing gear, camping gear

On the first day of the trip, I spent the morning fishing and floating my way to an area I had picked out for camping and hunting. By midday, I made it to my hunting area, set up camp, and hung my treestand in a spot I had scouted out a few weeks earlier. After three days of hunting, I broke down camp and floated to my take-out location where I made arrangements to leave my Jeep, and I also caught a few rainbow trout along the way. This was a really fun little adventure, which I’m definitely going to be doing again soon. As you’ll see in the video below, I didn’t film too much of the actual hunt, as I wanted to stay focused on hunting instead of messing around with my camera, but I did see several deer during both my morning and evening hunts, including a decent buck. Unfortunately though, they were all out of bow range. Many people have asked me how I was planning on packing out a deer if I would have been successful on this trip, and my plan was to completely bone out the meat and simply float it out on my kayak. While an adult whitetail deer is a pretty big animal, when it’s all said and done, you get around 50 pounds of meat when totally deboned. I would have been cutting it really close as far as the weight capacity of my kayak, however, which is why the next time I do this I’m going to be traveling much lighter and with much less gear. Check out the video below…

Don’t miss out on all the adventure! Click here to sign up for the Wild Revelation Outdoors Newsletter!