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Higher end/flocked duck decoy options
« on: November 16, 2022, 05:09:47 PM »
Hello, Im Special T, Im addicted to Decoys.

Now that we got that out of the way, and it should be apparent that I dont really need any decoys. HOWEVER I do have a couple spots I hunt were 2 or 4 mallard decoys just crush. Ive used some newish GHG mallard and teal decoys that do pretty good in these tiny pockets I hunt. Ive wondered if Flocked headed decoys or fully flocked decoys  would be the ticket considering I use so few.  The times I would really like them to work better is sunny days, possibly cold icy conditions with at least some sun. Im able to get 1 mallard one tea to fit in my bucket seat, and my spots are usually on y hunted by 2 people. Help me with some Brands and your experience with using them, best way to store/transport.
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Re: Higher end/flocked duck decoy options
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2022, 07:40:52 PM »
I've also a pocket about 8' diameter that I can crush the mallards. No flocking cuz I use two hen decoys. Good spots don't need anything special, so any brand would be fine.Trying to find less than 6 might be tough though. Are 4packs sold?

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Re: Higher end/flocked duck decoy options
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2022, 07:50:28 PM »
 Donít do it.   Itís addicting and youíll end up with more than the 4 you are wanting.
I know this because now I own 5 dozen flocked and painted by Don Mintz, 1 dozen corks carved and painted by Kurt Benson from up by you, 2 mallards (one an urn of my last lab) carved by Patrick Bearden, that I hunt once a year, and my kids each get a carved and painted block by Patrick for their birthdays each year.  Again, donít get into the high end decoy game!  :)

Though, I and folks I hunt with will say they do produce better in your face action when the sun is bright.
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Re: Higher end/flocked duck decoy options
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2022, 07:53:44 PM »
Donít do it.   Itís addicting and youíll end up with more than the 4 you are wanting.
I know this because now I own 5 dozen flocked and painted by Don Mintz, 1 dozen corks carved and painted by Kurt Benson from up by you, 2 mallards (one an urn of my last lab) carved by Patrick Bearden, that I hunt once a year, and my kids each get a carved and painted block by Patrick for their birthdays each year.  Again, donít get into the high end decoy game!  :)

Though, I and folks I hunt with will say they do produce better in your face action when the sun is bright.

Uh oh... I for got about Kurt... Ive meet him several times. Perhaps I will have to explore burlap covered foam with him Painintng for me.... HMMM
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Re: Higher end/flocked duck decoy options
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2022, 07:57:26 PM »
Donít do it.   Itís addicting and youíll end up with more than the 4 you are wanting.
I know this because now I own 5 dozen flocked and painted by Don Mintz, 1 dozen corks carved and painted by Kurt Benson from up by you, 2 mallards (one an urn of my last lab) carved by Patrick Bearden, that I hunt once a year, and my kids each get a carved and painted block by Patrick for their birthdays each year.  Again, donít get into the high end decoy game!  :)

Though, I and folks I hunt with will say they do produce better in your face action when the sun is bright.

Uh oh... I for got about Kurt... Ive meet him several times. Perhaps I will have to explore burlap covered foam with him Painintng for me.... HMMM


Just get him to do some cork birds, they are heavier, but only carrying 4 itís not a big deal at all.  Iíve carried in his dozen and didnít die.  Though I use them mostly when boating in.    Cork rides so freaking good on the water compared to anything else. 
« Last Edit: November 16, 2022, 08:03:51 PM by 92xj »
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Re: Higher end/flocked duck decoy options
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2022, 07:17:01 AM »
As mentioned, if you only want a few, do some nostalgia.  Get some wood or cork ones that are nicely painted.  I have 2 dozen corks and close to 30 hand carved decoys.  One of the guys that I follow that does epic decoys, probably the best I have seen is Robert Gohl.  I would love to have a dozen of his.  As for flocking, I donít really see a difference and I hunt all the time and all over the place.  I have had plenty of time to study this.  I see a difference with geese, especially cacklers.  Ducks in general, nope.  If you have a well-educated group of ducks and a limited amount maybe, but from my experience if you have a rested spot, great hide, the birds will come right in.  Add a jerk cord to one of those 2, 3 or 4 decoys you use and itís game over.  They drop right in most of the time.  Maybe flocked decoys can land the ducks, but I donít let them land as I shoot them over the decoys.  I have about 8 dozen flocked decoys.  I just donít use them as I didnít like the flocking wearing off and looking all off.  I have shot my limit the last 10 days over sihlos, full bodies, hot buys,and flocked decoys last night.  Last night, no wind, glassy water and sun in our face.  I rigged up a pull string and they would try to land where my 4 decoys attached to my jerk cord were located.  Decoys are marketed towards the hunter.
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Re: Higher end/flocked duck decoy options
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2022, 09:01:47 AM »
Decoy Dr on Facebook is out of the tri cities, I think he charges $30-35 per duck. Amazing work if you can shell out the money.

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Re: Higher end/flocked duck decoy options
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2022, 01:27:34 PM »
Dave Smiths. Excellent quality and the colors are perfect.
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Re: Higher end/flocked duck decoy options
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2022, 08:53:47 AM »
If you're stuffing them into the bucket and walking in, my buddy and I have really started to like the lifetime decoys. They are the EVA foam which I was sort of against at first but have really come to appreciate, super light and have flocked heads that look pretty damn good. They aren't going to be the same as a dsd or one of these custom decoy carvers bur for just grabbing a couple from the store or ordering on line we really like them.

 


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