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I NEED HELP!

Postby lars » Tue Oct 11, 2005 9:14 am

Guys, in general what mallard dekes have you found to be the best. with cost in mind.

I need something to compete with them darn kids who spend their life savings on all the gadgets and spend all day setting it all up.
no maintenence, realistic, durable, and something I don't have to take out a loan for. :smile:
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Postby diverduck » Tue Oct 11, 2005 9:34 am

For cost you should buy flambeau or GHG but you are not getting much quality. GHG do look pretty good though.
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Postby chrispbrown27 » Tue Oct 11, 2005 9:56 am

When you are talking about quality, do you mean length of service? If so then just about any decoy will work. Plastic is tough stuff and as long as you aren't overly abusive I don't see why they won't last for years. I've got some Flambeaus that I've had for around ten years and had no problems with. You may get a few cracked keels, but they can be repaired with a hot glue gun or heating a knife up and spreading the plastic around to seal it up. The paint may flake off but you can repair that just as easily. As far as shooting them goes, as long as you don't completely light em up you can repair them too.
If you want the best looking decoy out there, then you will pay a lot of money. And I personally think that they are not worth it. Why buy something you have to treat like they are made of glass? I want something that I can throw around and not care.
So, quality is rather subjective. I've never owned any of the high dollar corkers or wood decoys for many reasons, but I am more than happy with the cheapo plastic dekes produced by any number of companies today. Try em out and live and learn.
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Postby Rat Creek » Tue Oct 11, 2005 11:00 am

I like the G&H with the swivel heads. Look good and hold up well.
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Postby kms399 » Tue Oct 11, 2005 8:44 pm

:withstupid:

i have found g&h to be the best when it comes to holding their paint. my oldest are five years old and i dont baby them none. plus i love the swivel heads. i try to get every available head position in my spread so they dont looke like a bunch of tin soldiers on the water.
another one bites the dust
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Postby MrsJumpshooter » Tue Nov 15, 2005 3:48 pm

Me and my husband and his friends all use the Duck Commander deeks that you see in the videos they seem to work really well.. there really light and last and they are the most realistic ducks that you will see because they are a zeroxed copy of a duck on PVC you just blow them up which dosent take much either. and you can fit 12 of them in 1 childrens back pack and they have geese too they cost about 12-14 dollars for 12 @ wallmart
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Postby gsphunter » Tue Nov 15, 2005 9:40 pm

Hot Buys :thumbsup: I find them on sale occassionally for $20 a dozen, and even at regular price, they are only $25 a dozen.

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Postby vah2ofowler22 » Tue Nov 15, 2005 10:41 pm

GHG Hot Buys $20 at cabelas. got 2dz and thinking about another
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Postby casey_714 » Thu Nov 17, 2005 10:02 pm

:withstupid:

Also, I don't really like flambeau that much, with one exception. I think that the flambeau MASTERS series look good. I've never heard anyone talking about them, and they're not very popular, but my brother has some and I like them a lot. And suprisingly (which is not like flambeau) the paint stays on well! They were either $20 or $25 a doz. at Sportsman's Warehouse a while ago.
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Postby Gooseboy » Sat Nov 19, 2005 10:56 am

GHG hot buys!
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Postby Marshwalker » Sat Nov 26, 2005 5:02 pm

I have always loved Green head gear.. last me a long time and in my opinion look the most relalistic .. see other brands use the same shape of deocys for each species. GHG use different shaped to match the exact way a duck would look.. . WONDERFUL DECOYS! pretty cheap too..

HOT BUYS! 25$ :getdown:
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Postby CLUTCHfan » Sat Nov 26, 2005 5:47 pm

I've had real good luck also with the hot buys. I would recommend the ace stretch-cord type of anchors though. They stay on the keels and are easy to get on and off when it's cold. The only thing I don't really like about this decoy/weight combination is that it's hard to short string them when you want to.
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Postby scwaterfowler » Mon Nov 28, 2005 1:28 pm

all of my decoys are greenhead gear. all my mallards are hot buys
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Postby Franchi » Tue Nov 29, 2005 9:45 am

Yep the Hot Buys are great for the money.
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Postby CLUTCHfan » Tue Nov 29, 2005 5:50 pm

Cabelas has them (hot buys) on sale for $20 a dozen right now.
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Postby #1wingnut » Fri Dec 02, 2005 9:52 pm

Rat Creek wrote:I like the G&H with the swivel heads. Look good and hold up well.


:withstupid:

Dont waste your money on anything else
and dont mistake ghg for g & h
g&h will out last any plastic decoy on the market bar none.
$100.00 well spent. will last 10 years or more
$40.00 wasted will last 1 year maybe 2 before the paint is wasted.
now your painting or buying again.

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Postby hatchie_1 » Wed Dec 07, 2005 8:36 am

The best decoys are the flambeau pontoon perimeters, they are big and easy to carry. Can use in field or on water and they also have the swiveling head.
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Postby Gooseboy » Wed Dec 07, 2005 5:00 pm

Welcom to DHC hatchi!
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Postby AK Ducks » Wed Dec 07, 2005 7:35 pm

hatchie_1 wrote:The best decoys are the flambeau pontoon perimeters, they are big and easy to carry. Can use in field or on water and they also have the swiveling head.


they are nice but I they lie low on the water so you woud need other decoys in around them to make your spread more visable
I use ghg and some cary lites that I've had for 3 years the ghg are on there 2 season both are holding up well but the best way to beat people who have tons of cash is to become a good caller and out call everyone else
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Postby 870 » Sat Dec 10, 2005 7:06 pm

carrylites and hot buys :thumbsup:
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Postby mmalino » Sat Dec 10, 2005 9:31 pm

GHG or G&H
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Postby Jim Broadbridge » Mon Dec 12, 2005 8:47 am

GHG hot buys .never have i seen a decoy that looks so good for the price. A little on the small size perhaps but their cheap enough you can buy 2 doz for the price of one. Next time you see a live drake mallard on the water, look and see if you can see his speculum. All the decoys that you can see the blue wing patch are incorrect.
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Postby casey_714 » Mon Dec 12, 2005 12:18 pm

I bought 1 dozen "redhead brand" mallard decoys from Bass Pro shops. Those things are awesome. The drakes look really good, and the hens actually look better i think. I've only used them like 4-5 times so far, but haven't had ANY paint problems.

Oh yeah, they were $24 a dozen at bassproshops.com
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