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Decoy Spread

Postby BonzaiDuck227 » Sat Jun 22, 2013 2:25 pm

Always hunted with someone who had deeks and looking to start my own collection and spread. What would be a good number and spread for both ducks and geese to start out with.
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Re: Decoy Spread

Postby hawkeye55 » Sat Jun 22, 2013 4:20 pm

Where will you be hunting? State and areas of state?
Streams, lakes, ponds, marsh, salt water or fresh or both?
How will you hunt, walk in, drive up or by boat?

answer these and you will get suggestions that are useful.
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Re: Decoy Spread

Postby Rory » Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:52 pm

hawkeye55 wrote:Where will you be hunting? State and areas of state?
Streams, lakes, ponds, marsh, salt water or fresh or both?
How will you hunt, walk in, drive up or by boat?

answer these and you will get suggestions that are useful.


Another question that sums all those up into one pretty much is what kind of ducks do you see/kill?
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Re: Decoy Spread

Postby BonzaiDuck227 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:51 pm

I'm in CT and duck hunting isn't too great around here. Mostly mallards and a decent amount of woodies and geese up the @$$. Although I have bagged the occasional teal, pintail, and wigeon. I mostly hunt small ponds, swamps, and fields. Don't have a motor boat but my kayak gets me around pretty good.
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Re: Decoy Spread

Postby IowaWaterfowler10 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 5:11 pm

I would get around two dozen mallards and one to two dozen geese. As far as brand goes I tell myself every year I'm done with Avery but with the positions and species I just can't....although next purchase will be avian x. For geese dakota or big foot. Also since you see an occasional pintail or widgeon you can go to the Avery forum and buy a couple of their used decoys instead of buying a six pack and only using one or two. One phrase I took for granted when I started is "duck hunting is a rich mans game." Normally you get what you pay for. Have fun!

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Re: Decoy Spread

Postby hawkeye55 » Thu Jun 27, 2013 1:53 pm

Look to buy:
-1 dozen mallard decoys, GHG makes a nice harvester pack with feeder/rester/active mix in the dozen which would be my first choice.
-2- GHG 1/2 dozen "puddler" packs (pintail/widgeon/teal) for a total of a dozen
-1/2 dozen black ducks

this would give you 2 1/2 dozen duck decoys which is doable in a kayak
if you want more go for another 1/2 to 1 dozen mallards

Canada geese-at least 4-6 floaters (harvester pack is hard to beat) and if you really think you would use them 6-12 shells or full bodies for shore/bank/field when the situation calls for it.
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