Slack Tide wrote:You'll like these Frank....
They are JUMBO....I'm making them for the mainline buoy for the longline of BBills.
One thing I never really understood was the use of oversized/magnum/super decoys!? I understand the concept that the bigger they are, the easier they are to see from a distance, but I'm not sure that's the advantage some say it is. I look at it this way. As a walk in hunter, there's a limit to what you can carry on your back into the marsh. My decoy bag will hold 36 standard sized decoys or 18 magnums. To my way of thinking, I'd rather have the 36 standards. On a salt marsh, there are few days of dead calm, so the more birds that are in a spread, the more motion, just from the waves. And motion is what the birds actually see. Also, there are days when a small spread is beneficial, and other days when a large spread will produce better. There are also days when it's best to set several "small spreads", i.e. well spaced family or breeding groups. With a large number of blocks, you can cover all basis. With magnums, not so much.
I've also found this to be true when hunting from a boat. Space is a premium in a lot of duck boats, and I find it easier to pack several smaller blocks than a few big ones.
Many years ago (35?) I had a small spread of HUGE cork broadbill. Maybe 6 or 9 birds. They were beautiful, typical Long Island cork blocks. We didn't really have much success with them, though. Seems like everytime we used the small spread with magnum birds we didn't do as well as with larger spreads of standard sized blocks.
Still, I can't wait to see yours, if only for artistic value!