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Yak Gear Ambush Kayak Duck Blind

Kayaks are increasingly seeing double duty as great waterfowl hunting boats. While some kayaks are available in camouflage, the vast majority come in solid, often bright, colors. But Yak Gear has solved the problem of hiding you and the ‘yak from a duck’s great vision.

The RealTree Max5 camo pattern blends well with a wide variety of marsh and wetland terrain, and numerous vegetation loops allow for adding additional concealment with local grass and brush on location. The universal size and shape fits a wide variety of kayaks, canoes and small boats from 12- to 14 feet long and up to 38 inches wide. The blind is made of rip-stop nylon material to prevent tears, and it cinches down around the kayak with rope drawstrings. There are two concealment flaps that cover the hunter in a lay-out type position and easily flip open when it’s time to shoot. A large Velcro flap provides easy access to the real tank well. The Yak Gear Ambush kayak cover virtually turns your ‘yak into a large layout blind. It’s easy to put on and take off, and you can be set up and ready to hunt in just a few minutes. MSRP: $199.99.

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DryArmor Gun Case by Kolpin

Kayaks are for hunting too, but carrying a valuable firearm in a kayak demands special protection. The new Kolpin DryArmor gun cases offer exactly what the name implies — it keeps your gun dry with armor-tough protection. Offered in both shotgun and rifle models, duck and big game hunters can now safely kayak their valuable guns to their hunting area. The cases have fully welded seams and waterproof zippers.

They are submersible, and float up to 30 pounds. A waterproof interior pocket offers additional protection for keys, wallets and other valuables. With two types of closed-cell foam for flotation and shock protection, the cases boast a soft fabric liner that keeps your gun scratch-free. The tough outer fabric boasts strategically placed polycarbonate panels that protect the action and optics. Featuring a padded shoulder strap and carry handle, the DryArmor case has Hypalon reinforcements at all high-wear locations. These are the toughest cases you will find. MSRP: $229.99.

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Chris Holmes has kayak fished in the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and many places in between.