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    Default Floating Bumper Boy?

    Has anyone made a contraption that could/would float a Bumper Boy?

    I was thinking of making something so I could put them out in the middle of a large pond or river bay to do marking training. That way I could do realistic water training in areas where shorelines aren't conducive to setting them up for realistic marks.

    I was thinking of getting a plastic "packer" box from Wal-Mart, putting foam insulation in the bottom, and screwing an eye-hook thru the bottom and sealing it with marine adhesive so I can hang my anchor line from.

    But if someone on here has already done something, please share some pics.

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    Wink

    Hmmm...floating a $600 piece of electronics in a homemade box while launching a 2 pound projectile out of it. Can I watch?


    P.S. Are you really from Tennessee and hiding in New York? Just kiddin'...kinda'

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    I would look at using a platform that's very wide and stable. And I'd try to find a pool to do my testing in so I could stand next to it while it fires in case it capsizes. Personaly I have no place I'd want to launch from the water like that and I'm to scared to place my most expensive eqiupment in harms way.

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    No pics but a training partner made up a floating platform out of PVC pipe (4" or 6" I don't remember) and plywood that we used to float a winger. Plenty stable but kind of a pain to haul around and tow behind a canoe. Need a couple anchors to keep it pointed in the right direction.

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    Wouldn't an old, rough, small flat-bottom boat work in either case? Even one of those small marsh sleds or small layout boat would work. A winger would sit in a 10ft FB great and a 2 shot bb would sit right in a marsh sled sideways, so it would fire out the front or back(not sideways due to tipping). Just ideas...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yellow Dog View Post
    Has anyone made a contraption that could/would float a Bumper Boy?...

    please share some pics.

    Thanks.
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    Marsh sled wouldn't be bad. Could transport all your stuff in it to the water too. I'd probably fasten some pool noodles along the sides just in case

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    http://seattle.craigslist.org/skc/spo/3693064822.html

    That came to my mind first. Find an old round one that people give away and put a floor in it. Otherwise, I think you're going to wrong route. For strick hunt purposes, you need to get the dog to look "UP" and scan. I think putting your bumper boy up in a tree with an extension ladder over the pond would be a much better idea.



    Just watch and remember- those HRC guys are going to steal my idea. They'll have a bird launched from a float tube in the water and a winger up in a tree. That would be more realistic hunting than sitting on plastic buckets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul "Happy" Gilmore View Post
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    Just watch and remember- those HRC guys are going to steal my idea. They'll have a bird launched from a float tube in the water and a winger up in a tree. That would be more realistic hunting than sitting on plastic buckets.
    it's been done.
    Years ago at a NAHRA Field Test, the upland portion flush. Grounds had a deer hunting stand 10 ft up a thick white pine. They put the crate of chuckers and a teenager up in it. When dog passed a spot the kid chucked a chucker and one of the judges shot it. It was a wicked fun test.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul "Happy" Gilmore View Post
    http://seattle.craigslist.org/skc/spo/3693064822.html

    That came to my mind first. Find an old round one that people give away and put a floor in it. Otherwise, I think you're going to wrong route. For strick hunt purposes, you need to get the dog to look "UP" and scan. I think putting your bumper boy up in a tree with an extension ladder over the pond would be a much better idea.



    Just watch and remember- those HRC guys are going to steal my idea. They'll have a bird launched from a float tube in the water and a winger up in a tree. That would be more realistic hunting than sitting on plastic buckets.
    Long as I can point my 2"x4" at it...


    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Bora View Post
    it's been done.
    Years ago at a NAHRA Field Test, the upland portion flush. Grounds had a deer hunting stand 10 ft up a thick white pine. They put the crate of chuckers and a teenager up in it. When dog passed a spot the kid chucked a chucker and one of the judges shot it. It was a wicked fun test.
    Now that's AWESOME! LOL
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