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spread additions??

Postby clymerfowler » Sat Apr 05, 2014 11:45 am

Right now i run 2 dozen mallards and 2 mojos(one baby drake and one teal) and do well. i was wandering if it would be worth it to buy a have dozen pintail, teal, blacks, or widgeon to mix things up. we shoot mostly mallards and woodies but also get blacks are the regular basis and some times pintail, widgeon, or teal if your in the right place. this year i shot mallards, woodies, a pintail, a widgeon, and blacks. But also say teal and gadwall.
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Re: spread additions??

Postby tsamp » Sat Apr 05, 2014 5:32 pm

I would just paint some cheap mallard decoys like a black duck and maybe buy a couple puddle packs by GHG and that would cover what your talking about from the sounds of it. Oh and as fare as teal decoys I wouldn't waste the money on em. They will see the mallards before the teal decoys and by the time they are close enough to pick out the tiny teal decoy they should be dead! But that's just my opinion!


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Re: spread additions??

Postby CaptainWv » Tue Apr 08, 2014 6:09 am

Black ducks are good and if you can throw 3-4 goose floaters out there for a confidence decoy more than anything. Also if your around divers throw some of those in your spread too.
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Re: spread additions??

Postby Gunnysway » Tue Apr 08, 2014 6:56 am

Could do something like this...
http://www.rogerssportinggoods.com/aver ... -1128.html

No Black ducks, but you can always get a 6 pack of those.
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Re: spread additions??

Postby Frank Lopez » Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:28 am

Black ducks have a well earned reputation for being pretty wary. I'm not sure that this is common knowledge among the ducks, though. Still, if it were me, I'd have a couple of blacks in the rig. I'd also go with a couple of those puddler packs. The key is to match your setup to what the birds in your area are doing. For example, like you, we get mostly mallards. But there is a pretty good percentage of coastal blacks, too. In addition we get a good number of wigeon and gadwall. Occasionally we might see some teal or woodies, but they're pretty rare. Even more rare are pintails. We've tried including woodies, teal and pintails in the rig, but it didn't seem to make any difference. On the other hand, the birds seem more at ease when they see blacks and gadwalls.

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Re: spread additions??

Postby clymerfowler » Tue Apr 08, 2014 6:09 pm

i think i might buy the puddler pack and puddler pack 2. then i will have 4 pintail, 4 wigeon, 2 gadwall, and 2 greenwings. then i will get 6 blacks and rester/sleeper pack of mallards. i also hunt big water so a big spread helps.
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Re: spread additions??

Postby On the X » Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:06 pm

An ugly decoy moving beats a pretty decoy sitting still everytime. Look at ducks on the water, every one is moving to some degree while doing what ducks do. You can't put every decoy in your spread in motion but the more you can the better. That's why I prefer a small spread for hunting puddle ducks. The goose decoy suggestion is a good one too.
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Re: spread additions??

Postby KRB » Wed Apr 09, 2014 5:12 am

Never hurts to add a few blacks
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Re: spread additions??

Postby lag1365 » Wed Apr 09, 2014 6:32 am

My group of four killed a limit of blacks every time out this year (only one per in NJ so nothing special) but I found the best luck I had with decoying them is to have a group of 6 black off on there own. Most of the blacks wanted nothing to do with the mallards we had had out and landed in with the other blacks, I have GHG over sized for 3 years now and they have held up great. Also a drake whistle worked like a charm, we wouldn't even hit a hen call.
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Re: spread additions??

Postby duckman27 » Wed Apr 09, 2014 9:59 am

Get rid of the MOJOs. Just kept you from wasting anymore money :biggrin:
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Re: spread additions??

Postby Team216 » Wed Aug 20, 2014 2:24 am

I like the black duck idea, maybe a half dozen or so. Then beef up a goose spread. I run about a 70/30 goose over duck spread. From what I've seen, geese are like ducks older brother. The ducks want to be where the geese are and feel somewhat safe. As for the mojo, they can work wonders in the right conditions. Clear calm days, bust em out. Cloudy days leave them home.
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Re: spread additions??

Postby Theduckguru » Wed Aug 20, 2014 3:40 pm

Frank Lopez wrote:Black ducks have a well earned reputation for being pretty wary. I'm not sure that this is common knowledge among the ducks, though. Still, if it were me, I'd have a couple of blacks in the rig. I'd also go with a couple of those puddler packs. The key is to match your setup to what the birds in your area are doing. For example, like you, we get mostly mallards. But there is a pretty good percentage of coastal blacks, too. In addition we get a good number of wigeon and gadwall. Occasionally we might see some teal or woodies, but they're pretty rare. Even more rare are pintails. We've tried including woodies, teal and pintails in the rig, but it didn't seem to make any difference. On the other hand, the birds seem more at ease when they see blacks and gadwalls.

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Along the eastern seaboard, blacks are known to be wary. Here in eastside the Mississipi Flyway, they are generally easier than mallards. It depends on the habitat your hunting, black ducks love trees.
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Re: spread additions??

Postby mudpack » Tue Aug 26, 2014 8:18 am

Theduckguru wrote:Along the eastern seaboard, blacks are known to be wary.

This is true, but only known to hunters.
As Frank said, it is doubtful that the ducks know which species are wary and which are not! :lol3:

That said, if I knew there was a chance of seeing blacks tomorrow, I'd have a couple of black duck decoys in the bag.
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Re: spread additions??

Postby Cul D' Canard » Wed Aug 27, 2014 11:03 am

IMO, a few black decoys are always a good addition. I believe they are visible from greater distances, as well as functioning as possible confidence decoys; i.e., black ducks, or coots out west. I usually set out 2 to 4 mallard decoys ( spray painted flat black) on the outside of the spread.
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