Best and worst of 2012

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Best and worst of 2012

Postby rosscoef86 » Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:58 am

What are the best and worst pieces of gear you got in 2012... A buddy of mine is new and asked me this I thought I would leave it to the experts...
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby mudpack » Sat Dec 29, 2012 8:03 am

Best: Avian-X Backwater Mallards. :thumbsup:
Worst: Accidentally renewed my subscription to Wildfowl magazine. :sad:
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby HNTFSH » Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:04 am

mudpack wrote:Worst: Accidentally renewed my subscription to Wildfowl magazine. :sad:


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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby 2500hdon37s » Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:05 am

Best- buying my self a decoy sled and some Dakota full body mallards and lessers

worst- letting my buddy talk me into some dirt cheap final approach goose floaters... they already look worse than goose decoys I've had 4 years.
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby aunt betty » Sat Dec 29, 2012 1:51 pm

The best thing: Beretta 390 12 gauge
The worst: I don't want to talk about it. :mad:
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Best and worst of 2012

Postby Frylock » Sat Dec 29, 2012 6:59 pm

The best; Marsh Rat Magnum! That boat has me hunting spots that were all but unhuntable before. A close second would be my Vinci. Light years ahead of my SBE ll!

The worst; Princeton Tec Fuel headlamp. Not a glamorous piece of gear but when it shits out at O' dark thirty you'd wish you had bought a Petzl for a few bucks more.
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby bobalong » Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:35 pm

The best was purchase of a couple dozen Big Als decoys, used these all season with great results. I will be adding another 2 or 3 dozen for next year. Also first year with a coffin blind, a G2, birds finished better, nice and comfy, should have got one of these years ago. Also first year using ghille blankets on the blind, worked very well, depending on the field usually only had to do very little thatching from field to field.
No worst for this year really, had an older flag break but that was it.
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby rebelp74 » Sun Dec 30, 2012 6:06 pm

Best- beretta a400 unico xplor and columbia wader widgeon jacket in bottomland.
Worst- tanglefree migration mallard decoys.
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Best and worst of 2012

Postby Frylock » Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:17 pm

What was wrong with the tanglfree decoys? Was thinking about getting some.
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby rebelp74 » Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:21 pm

Frylock wrote:What was wrong with the tanglfree decoys? Was thinking about getting some.

The paint doesn't hold up very well. I would recommend getting G&H or Dakota. G&H last forever and the Dakota's I got have held up extremely well so far.
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby super90 » Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:15 pm

Frylock wrote:The worst; Princeton Tec Fuel headlamp. Not a glamorous piece of gear but when it shits out at O' dark thirty you'd wish you had bought a Petzl for a few bucks more.


I have tried Princeton Tec a couple of times, hoping to have a great, made in the U.S.A., headlamp. I've been disappointed each time. I'm back with Petzl again. Currently have four Petzl Tikka XP's, two with the Core battery. They do everything I want (spot, flood, bright, dim, and red light) and haven't failed the family yet !

I hate gear that breaks !!! :mad: You just end up paying twice to finally get something that works !
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby luie b » Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:58 pm

2500hdon37s wrote:Best- buying my self a decoy sled and some Dakota full body mallards and lessers

worst- letting my buddy talk me into some dirt cheap final approach goose floaters... they already look worse than goose decoys I've had 4 years.

Yup final approach stuff is absolute garbage. I have a final approach layout blind and I hate that thing so freakin much, it's hard to put together, the doors never stay put together and the one never opens all the way. And then they lie in the picture of it before you buy it because it shows it with a complete frame when half the blind is loose like a sleeping bag. If I could afford not having to sell it after this season I'd pour diesel all over that thing and light it up in a blaze of glory!
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby luie b » Wed Jan 02, 2013 7:00 pm

Frylock wrote:What was wrong with the tanglfree decoys? Was thinking about getting some.

For the love of God don't buy tanglefree you'll regret it. I've had multiple sets of tanglefrees and the paint comes off if you just look at that decoy wrong. They're cheap but in the longrun you're better off going with something like flambeau. Not much more expensive, not necessarily a great decoy but a heck of a lot better than anything tanglefree.
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby rebelp74 » Wed Jan 02, 2013 7:02 pm

luie b wrote:
Frylock wrote:What was wrong with the tanglfree decoys? Was thinking about getting some.

For the love of God don't buy tanglefree you'll regret it. I've had multiple sets of tanglefrees and the paint comes off if you just look at that decoy wrong. They're cheap but in the longrun you're better off going with something like flambeau. Not much more expensive, not necessarily a great decoy but a heck of a lot better than anything tanglefree.

:ditto: They are terrible, I think ghg holds up better than they do!
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby rosscoef86 » Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:43 am

Best: rig em right decoy rig and Avery m2 layout blind
Worst: mossberg, that's all, just mossberg being in business still what a joke!

I hunted over tangle free migration edition mallards and I thought they were awesome I didn't have a problem with the paint coming off.. I mean anymore than normal in a tough season plus the flocking was pretty sick.. Held up well and swung birds like clockwork. Bummer to hear other guys have had crappy luck with em'
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby kbooger » Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:12 am

rosscoef86 wrote:Best: rig em right decoy rig and Avery m2 layout blind
Worst: mossberg, that's all, just mossberg being in business still what a joke!

I hunted over tangle free migration edition mallards and I thought they were awesome I didn't have a problem with the paint coming off.. I mean anymore than normal in a tough season plus the flocking was pretty sick.. Held up well and swung birds like clockwork. Bummer to hear other guys have had crappy luck with em'


How so on Mossberg?


I'd say
Best: Beavertail Phantom - got me out hunting by myself (which meant I got to hunt more than 3 times)
Worst: Cabela's All Season fleece jacket (but it was cheap enough to where I'm not bringing it back)

I was also surprised by my stormfronts the paint actually did pretty well after a clear coat.
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby Dr^ke » Thu Jan 03, 2013 11:32 am

Best: Avian X Open Water Mallard

Worst: Black Clouds, could not get them to shoot well
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby thebman » Thu Jan 03, 2013 7:34 pm

Best: Tohatsu 50 hp tiller motor. Electric start and power tilt. Just awesome power and I'm out running the mud motor guys ;-)

Worst: Avery neo thermos. Crap! Went back to my 20year old Nippon
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Best and worst of 2012

Postby Frylock » Thu Jan 03, 2013 7:47 pm

Worst: Avery neo thermos. Crap! Went back to my 20year old Nippon[/quote]

I had one of those too - POS!
Total waste of money!
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby JustStartin' » Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:04 pm

Best: Bigfoot floaters still look as good as when i bought them hunted about 20 times with them,
Worst: Mossberg 935, mojo flyway feeder, PUBLIC HUNTING, and not shooting the right shells.


So the new avian x decoys are that good? i was destroying them at bass pro and the paint didnt come off.
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby winchester1852 » Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:06 pm

[quote="rosscoef86"]Best: rig em right decoy rig and Avery m2 layout blind
Worst: mossberg, that's all, just mossberg being in business still what a joke!

why mossberg :huh: they make decent pumps made in usa and maybe mexico
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby JustStartin' » Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:08 pm

winchester1852 wrote:
rosscoef86 wrote:Best: rig em right decoy rig and Avery m2 layout blind
Worst: mossberg, that's all, just mossberg being in business still what a joke!

why mossberg :huh: they make decent pumps made in usa and maybe mexico


yea i love my 500, my 935 is sh!t
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby winchester1852 » Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:21 pm

i was asking why rosscoef86 thinks mossberg is a joke their guns may not be the best of quality but they work never had a semi from them but the pumps seems to work great :fingerhead:
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby sodfather » Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:48 pm

Best-- RNT Daisy cutter, Wilderness Kayak
Worst-- Zink PH2 reeds stick all the time
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby BuckCreek » Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:52 pm

Best-or did well with 3 cases of shells was the Stoeger M3500. Hunted with SX3 on one side and SBE II on the other. Worked as well or better than both. I do have to say I like the SBEII feel better but the simplicity of cleaning the Stoeger is nice....Drake mst pullover very nice as well.
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