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Is a Carstens Mallard suitable for hunting some of the blinds? I know weather and waves can get big at times. Also it is not registered as I use it on mostly private ponds. I see a PFBC launch permit & a DCNR launch permit. Can I use either or do I need strictly the DCNR one since PI is State Park?
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All but maybe 5 blinds can be reached by foot, if you know where you're going and the lake level doesn't rise. I wouldn't say a Mallard is totally unsuitable, but you'd better know your limits. I personally have an 8' rowboat that suffices for most days. But it's wide, deep and heavy so it can take more than a canoe. Generally I only use it for transporting gear, and only using to retrieve birds that can't be reached on foot.

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Can't speak on if it's suitable. But on your other issue as long as it is non - motorized a launch permit is good at both state parks + PFBC property(doesn't matter which agency you buy from). However if you put a motor(including elect) then it needs to be registered through the PFBC(also good at both).

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No motor, it is very similar to canoe. I actually can put it on a cart and haul gear in it. I would really only use it to retrieve birds and set decoys if water to deep.

Is the water shallow enough to wade and set decoys around most blinds?
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No motor, it is very similar to canoe. I actually can put it on a cart and haul gear in it. I would really only use it to retrieve birds and set decoys if water to deep.

Is the water shallow enough to wade and set decoys around most blinds?
Yes. It is shallow enough to wade around most blinds. I think your boat is fine for most blinds in most days. Get a launch permit and you are good to go.

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My vote is for the PFBC unpowered registration. That is good anywhere in the state. As I understood it the DCNR permit is only good at DCNR facilities. I just pay the extra for a PFBC powered registration, $22 unpowered/permit, $26 powered. It's good for two years, I can go anywhere I want to and if I put a motor on(including electric)I'm good.

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Both launch permits are good at either location. I'm not sure what the advantage of unpowered registration is, since once you put an electric motor on a boat, you are no longer unpowered.

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Be careful with a small boat at PI, it can get you into a bad situation and quickly. When I have a blind I use a small one too but usually place decoys in the dark by wading (caution here too) then move the fakes and retrieve with the boat. Another caution if the wind gets wild, skip the boat!! Good Luck.

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Since this came back up, I need to revise my previous statements.

Under normal circumstances the previous about blind access was true. Just saw the other day that the lake is at historic levels. With that being the case there are a bunch more blinds that would be accessible only with a boat. And a bunch more that I would want to have one just to set dekes.

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Since this came back up, I need to revise my previous statements.

Under normal circumstances the previous about blind access was true. Just saw the other day that the lake is at historic levels. With that being the case there are a bunch more blinds that would be accessible only with a boat. And a bunch more that I would want to have one just to set dekes.
I was just at PI over the weekend. Park ranger said that the lake is 3ft above normal. Virtually all of the hiking trails are flooded. Even some of the paved bike path was flooded.
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