mandrakeduck wrote:Is there a "rule of thumb" to govern whether to use the flocked or painted heads, or is it all a matter of preference?
mudpack wrote:C'mon, guys, let's not make this overly-complicated.
mudpack wrote:They'd be wise to take a good look at their drake, too.
Rule of thumb: Use the flocked heads only during open season. Same for painted.
Frank Lopez wrote:At some point in your duck hunting career you will come to the realization that most of these "new and improved" ideas for gear in general is based on you thinking like a human and not a duck. Consider that the bird you're trying to fool has a brain the size of half a walnut, is flying by your spread at 30 to 40 mph and is looking things over with one eye (no depth perception). Ocer the years I've hunted over stuffers, some very good commercially available decoys, some pretty beat up decoys and some I carved myself. If you are in a place the birds want to be and you set your spread in a realistic manner, it doesn't matter at all.
Ted Trueblood once painted bright red stripes on the backs of his decoys and still brought in ducks.
Mean Gene wrote:There is no comparison to a fully flocked, nicely airbrushed decoy as opposed to cheap plastics with shiny paint.
Rick Hall wrote:Mr. Wizard's still slaying 'em over mud clumps with his atlatl.
Frank Lopez wrote:On a bet, Ted Trueblood once painted bright red stripes on the backs of his decoys and still brought in ducks.
Rick Hall wrote: But I'm not too full of what I think I know to try to learn the answers to such riddles.
Rick Hall wrote:Frank Lopez wrote:On a bet, Ted Trueblood once painted bright red stripes on the backs of his decoys and still brought in ducks.
Being old enough to recall the barber pole paint job story, but not connecting it to Trueblood, who I recall as a straight shooter, I just Googled it unsuccessfully.
But I did encounter this account of an experiment on the subject by the University of Michigan's School of Natural Reseources:
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