So I'm in the market for new decoys and wanted some opinions, I've already searched the forum and found some good info, specially on GHG and FA. But I wanted to put my options and research out there and see if I missed anything or if someone has some good insight into a brand. (I always love sharing my experience with products I buy, I figure everyone else does)
Right now I have Cherokee Sports inflatables, mostly cause last season I was walking every were. Right now I have just under 4 dozen, including a dozen GWteal and 1/2 dozen pintails. The work alright and I don't have problems getting ducks to lock wings. But after only one season I've already patched alot of holes and have a few that are beyond repair. I want some traditional style decoys, mallards only. Looking for 2 dozen to start, they will be texas rigged, and probably won't go in a bag, just sit in the boat till I get home and hang them up. A lot of these decoys have paint problems I hear, but I have no problem adding clear coat, and scratches aren't a big concern to me after dealing with decoys that won't hold air. I'm cheap and most of my choices don't go over 60 bucks a dozen. So here they are. No magnums and all prized as dzn w/o shipping.
Storm Front $30 Cabelas (comes to $43 with shipping)
GHG Hot Buy $30 Dicks (local pick up)
Higdon Foam FIlled $50 (comes to$66 with shipping, just out of my comfortable price range)
Hardcore Promo $50 Dicks (local pick up)
Tanglefree pro series $50 ($60 with shipping from wingsupply)
Readhead Promo $35 Basspro (any idea if these are a rebrand of something else?)
For the 60 buck price range those are what I found. Tanglefree are at the top of the pile, but once again I am cheap, not poor. I welcome input, suggestions personal experience, other dealers ect.