Weedwacker wrote:We don't get a lot of pintails here so don't want to repaint as pintails.
Keeping a few sprig in the spread might be a smart thing to do. Most puddle ducks will decoy to other puddlers, regardless of species. And pintails have a lot of white on them, which increases their visibility. It also gives your rig a little different look than what most of the other hunters in the area are using. I hunt public tidal marshes that get hunted pretty hard. Late in the season, birds get pretty wary. When that happens, we start to do things that the other hunters aren't. That includes putting out different species. We stumbled on the pintail idea when someone online had pintail blocks on sale for some rediculous price ($20/doz, if I recall). We put out 4 or 5 pintails clustered around the perimeter of the spread. and it seems to make a difference.
I would repaint at least 4 or 6 as pintails. The rest, I suppose you could repaint as mallards. Without the tails, of course