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New, need decoys!

Postby Cranberry1 » Thu Nov 28, 2013 9:55 am

Hello all,
I am new to the duck hunting scene and am looking to get into buying decoys. I hunt open water (P.I. of Erie, PA) , but also i am hoping to have access to hunting grounds inland also. My friends said to get bluebills and mallards for open water and mallards for inland also. Can anyone Point me in the right direction as far as decoys go? Brand and model? Im not looking to break the bank.
I saw 12pk of GHG hot buy II mallards for 50$ and 12 pk of Hardcore floating mallards for 40$. Difference in quality? Worth spending the extra 10?
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Re: New, need decoys!

Postby Cranberry1 » Thu Nov 28, 2013 12:35 pm

I realize there are other posts on this, but what is the most durable decoy producer for an affordable cost. I cannot afford Dakota's or GHG Pro-grade. Any ideas would be appreciated. I have also read with cheaper models (Hardcore floaters, GHG hotbuys, and more) a clear flat coat would do some good in protecting the paint on decoys
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Re: New, need decoys!

Postby Honk-n-quack » Thu Nov 28, 2013 1:54 pm

Shop around for decoys. I got 3 dozen Flambeau Storm fronts for $60 at walmart, Bimart has their sales also. I also picked up several doz Hotbuys for $33 a dozen. You can save alot of $$ if you shop around. To be honest craigslist decoys arent bad. By the time the duck gets close enough to realize its not a Prograde or a Dakota, but some old flambeaus, it should be dead. You can usually find decoys on c-list for around $20 a dozen
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Re: New, need decoys!

Postby Echospartan » Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:04 pm

I like FA standard mallards, $40 on cabelas website. GHG hotbuys are also another good option, but like honk-n-quack said you can find good deals on Craigslist.
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Re: New, need decoys!

Postby BBK » Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:18 pm

$50 is way too much for hotbuys. You'll be able to find them for $29.99 all over the place around christmas time.
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Re: New, need decoys!

Postby Mike657 » Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:29 pm

GHG hot buy mallards and maybe 4 canada goose floaters (final approaches are good). Checkout Knutson sporting goods they have alarge selection of storm front flambeu decoys. You can also buy decoys by singles and pairs so you can get a variety of speicies. Mike
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Re: New, need decoys!

Postby Justin Weber » Sat Nov 30, 2013 11:34 pm

I see Hot Buys go for $25? Look around some more you can find a better price than that.
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Re: New, need decoys!

Postby TheMiz » Mon Dec 02, 2013 3:58 pm

The stormfronts have a better (easier to use) keel than the hot buys if you plan on using strap weights.
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