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Offline vandeman17

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Re: Duck Decoys - What are your favorites?
« Reply #25 on: December 13, 2017, 09:53:40 AM »
I may be cheap but I have always run mediocre decoys. Some of my best hunts have actually been over mixed species, brands, sizes etc that I bought for like $20 off craigslist. Spend your money on gas for scouting first and then bit and piece together a better spread as you go.  :twocents:
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Re: Duck Decoys - What are your favorites?
« Reply #26 on: December 13, 2017, 10:57:17 AM »
I hunt over a mixed bag of cheap or free ones that I repainted. 

They work.
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Re: Duck Decoys - What are your favorites?
« Reply #27 on: December 13, 2017, 11:53:45 AM »
We actually have 4 doz. coot decoys that for some reason the widgeons really love to land in. Other than that I use my CRD's.

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Re: Duck Decoys - What are your favorites?
« Reply #28 on: December 13, 2017, 12:41:09 PM »
Craigslist is a great option! I used to buy all my decoys second hand. I think GHG does a great job of being a middle ground between quality at a good price. They also have like 5 different lines from hot buys all the way up to fully flocked. I always started out buy having a dozen nicer decoys and 2 or three dozen cheaper decoys. that way if you need numbers you can run traffic or just bring out the dozen nice decoys for a small quality spread.

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Re: Duck Decoys - What are your favorites?
« Reply #29 on: December 13, 2017, 02:30:07 PM »
We actually have 4 doz. coot decoys that for some reason the widgeons really love to land in. Other than that I use my CRD's.

Widgeons are nicknamed "robber ducks" because they actively steal from coots and diving ducks that bring food up to the surface. If you glass the large rafts of coots and divers on the Columbia you can see the widgeons at work.
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Re: Duck Decoys - What are your favorites?
« Reply #30 on: December 15, 2017, 10:16:40 AM »
My small spread for ducks consists of 6 Hero Decoy mallards as well as 6 avian X feeder mallards. I do have about 8 or 9 ghg widgeon decoys. A little over a dozen full body ghg mallards, 6 tangle free full body widgeon and 6 Blue Collar pintail. The other decoys I have spread out at my house are mostly GHG. For snows I use 15 dozen Sillosocks converisions with Sky fly windsocks, 10 dozen sky fly windsocks as well as 6 full body Dakotas, 8 2-piece ghg snows, 6 bulk decoy club snows, 53 ghg 5/8 snow shells, 6 ghg specks, 6 hardcore honker full bodies and you'll see what I use for honkers next saturday

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Re: Duck Decoys - What are your favorites?
« Reply #31 on: December 15, 2017, 10:31:25 AM »
When hunting popular areas in Cali, I NEVER put mallard decoys out.   Everyone and their brother used those and I think ducks start to be weary of a dozen mallards floating in a group.

I used 6 teal, 3 pintails, a couple widgeon, and a couple spoonies.   I had better luck using that variety of decoys.   I think having decoys other than the norm (mallards) helps.

Sometimes learning where the ducks want to be and setting up with no decoys works best.

 

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