Rich- wrote:I'm going to hunt public land this year for waterfowl and need recommendations as to which decoys I should be using in my spread, not in terms of brand etc. but which species should appear in the spread.
The area I plan to hunt holds mallards, wood ducks, and black ducks. Should I just use mallard decoys or should a few wood or black duck decoys appear in the spread? How many decoys in total should I plan to bring?
If you are alone in the area, I would suggest a couple doz mallards, a half doz blackducks mixed in, and a half doz woodies in pairs along the outside of your spread until the woodies migrate through.
When putting out woody decoys, put them where you want them to land. From my experience, in a spread of mallards with a couple woodies a decoying woody will almost ALWAYS land with the woody decoys. Not saying he wouldnt have landed if you didnt have woody decoys, but if you have them out he will land right next to them.
If you are in a populated area (lots of hunters around in eyesight) then do the opposite of what they are doing. If they are putting out 8-10doz decoys, then you put out a dozen out in the open so they can be seen. If they are putting out just a handful, you put out as many as you can fit in your boat or on your back. Also do the opposite of them with your calling, if they are hail calling and calling the hell out of the birds then you just sit over there and do some single quacks or 5 quack greeting calls when the ducks swing your way.