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Storm Front Decoys?

Postby mayhem96 » Sat Aug 10, 2013 9:51 am

Anyone hunt over them this season? They seem to be a solid decoy and I would like to pick some up. Pro's and con's please :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Storm Front Decoys?

Postby jrode237 » Sat Aug 10, 2013 10:06 am

Conflict with Avery?
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Re: Storm Front Decoys?

Postby mayhem96 » Sat Aug 10, 2013 2:51 pm

jrode237 wrote:Conflict with Avery?


No, just don't staff for them anymore.
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Re: Storm Front Decoys?

Postby jandh77 » Sat Aug 10, 2013 2:55 pm

I used storm front mallards the last 2 years because they were cheap and available at my local stores.

Pros: They are cheap. I like that the keel has 4 tie off points and a hook eye hole that you can use to adjust your line for varying depths and the line won't come out, unlike decoys I've used with open hooks to tie off at. They have the UV paint, but I really don't know if that actually makes any difference.

Cons: They are cheap. The paint flakes and peels off, leaving large bald areas. The base plastic color is not a natural color for any ducks so it really shows when the paint comes off. Several of mine had keels that seemed to let water in and would then drip all over at random times.

All things considered, I don't really like them. I planned on replacing them this year with pro-grade GHG's or Dakotas, but as we've had tight finances I decided to just repaint them myself and try to make them last another year or two. If you are one who buys new decoys every year they might be a good for you, as they're cheap and after 1 season they don't look TOO bad. If you want to get several seasons out of them and can afford it, I would get some other, high quality decoys and take care to protect the paint.
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Re: Storm Front Decoys?

Postby jrode237 » Sat Aug 10, 2013 4:10 pm

mayhem96 wrote:
jrode237 wrote:Conflict with Avery?


No, just don't staff for them anymore.

That's too bad, they lost a good kid. FWIW, I have read the stormfronts are the equivalent of the hot buys in terms of paint retention (not great unless you baby them). Will say, they do look pretty good when they're brand new in the store.
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Re: Storm Front Decoys?

Postby mayhem96 » Sat Aug 10, 2013 4:30 pm

jrode237 wrote:
mayhem96 wrote:
jrode237 wrote:Conflict with Avery?


No, just don't staff for them anymore.

That's too bad, they lost a good kid. FWIW, I have read the stormfronts are the equivalent of the hot buys in terms of paint retention (not great unless you baby them). Will say, they do look pretty good when they're brand new in the store.


Ah shucks, thanks for the kind words. Still love Avery's gear and will always use it but I felt like I should be on my own at this point. Just couldn't keep up with some of the stuff they wanted.
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Re: Storm Front Decoys?

Postby Justin Weber » Sat Aug 10, 2013 7:05 pm

Im gonna be straight up honest. They chip like crazy. I would buy Hot Buys before them if I were you.
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Re: Storm Front Decoys?

Postby Skeet123 » Sat Aug 10, 2013 7:28 pm

I have some storm front goose decoys I picked up a year ago. The paint is chipping off pretty bad. Won't be buying anymore that's for sure.
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Re: Storm Front Decoys?

Postby NHDuckHunter » Sat Oct 19, 2013 5:12 pm

Justin Weber wrote:Im gonna be straight up honest. They chip like crazy. I would buy Hot Buys before them if I were you.

I agree 100%. I've had a bunch of boxes of Hot Buys and I think they are much better than the storm fronts I just picked up.

I replaced my GHG ProGrade wood ducks this year with Storm Fronts. I loved what the paint looked like in the store, and thought the shapes were better. Like someone else said, I liked the keel. Couldn't decide if I thought the UV thing was a crock, but figured I'd give them a try.
Been out 4 times now and I can't believe how bad the paint is chipping. I took a few pictures, and emailed Flambeau. Simple reply, "How many did you buy, and where? Whats your address?"
They are sending me replacements. I am guessing the replacements aren't going to be any better but at least the customer service was great. :lol3:
I'll sell them all and buy the GHG's again.
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Re: Storm Front Decoys?

Postby ByersFarm » Tue Oct 22, 2013 9:15 pm

I have some that are a couple years old. The paint seems to be holding up well on them.
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Re: Storm Front Decoys?

Postby steamduck » Wed Oct 23, 2013 6:42 pm

I have 3 doz. Of them and love every one, i have had no problems with paint chipping off any more than my GHG decoys. I even for got some outside all winter long and most of the summer by the lake i hunt. I realy like the keal on them, the old standar led decoy trap weights go right around the keal dont have to rap it around the head like most others, witch i think helps save the paint!!
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Re: Storm Front Decoys?

Postby rookielabtrainer » Fri Oct 25, 2013 4:54 pm

I like to use a little better dekes for my main carry in, they hold up better and lost longer. but cheapo dekes are great for building big water spreads

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Re: Storm Front Decoys?

Postby creole » Fri Oct 25, 2013 5:40 pm

I have 4 dozen of the bluewings and the paint is falling off bad and only hunted with them for one whole big duck season and this years teal season.gonna start swappin out all my decoys to g&h decoys
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Re: Storm Front Decoys?

Postby BBK » Fri Oct 25, 2013 6:40 pm

I have three doz. 1 doz old style gray keel and 2 doz new tan keel. NEVER had any paint chip... and I beat the crap out of them. They cracked and split before any paint chipped. I mix them in the spreads with other decoys, but I have ran them straight a couple times and killed birds.

I wouldnt pay $40 a doz for them, but when they are on sale for 25 they are a good buy.
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Re: Storm Front Decoys?

Postby carl1783 » Mon Oct 28, 2013 11:46 pm

They are cheap but for the money they aren't bad. The molding lines on the plastic don't line up correctly on mine but it's not terrible. I have a dozen that are half "active" and half "resting" and the difference between the two positions is negligible. Agree with the previous comment of buying them on sale, which they are currently.
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Re: Storm Front Decoys?

Postby mudpack » Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:24 pm

I bought some Storm Front Pintail decoys for the 2012 season, but because we had no water last year they didn't get used.
This season is a different story. I've used the pintails for about 9 hunts so far. Noticed this morning that the paint was starting to come off the drakes in quarter-sized flakes. The hens are still good. Sad, because otherwise they are really nice decoys.

One other gripe with the pintails: the keels are very light colored plastic and, in clear water, show up badly. I painted the keels with dark green camo paint. Problem solved.

So far, the only decoys I have not had paint issues with are the Avian-X. Too bad they don't make a pintail...... :sad:
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Re: Storm Front Decoys?

Postby carl1783 » Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:28 pm

Here are some pics of mine when they were new. The active stance is on the left and resting stance is on the right. Not a big difference. The purple is the UV which looks kinda slopped on.

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