DOT3 wrote:New guy myself, but I switched to almost exclusively using goose decoys to hunt ducks. A dozen canadas (that's all I currently own) and only 3-5 ducks. Results were awesome. Previously stale birds starting commiting with a vigor like you wouldn't believe. And to top it off, we were finishing these birds with goose calls. Never even picking up the duck calls. I'm going to stockpile Canada decoys (floaters, shells, whatever) in the offseason and be ready for next year. I wouldn't have believed it worked until I tried it. The swamp, the field, the river, whenever ducks flew over, they absolutely noticed my spread. And I believe the high pitched honking carries further than the lower frequency reverb of a duck call. Absolutely worked for us during the final split in NC. Gadwall, Mallard, even Ringnecks
^^This. The best duck decoys I own are my goose floaters. I run small spreads but 3-11 goose floaters with maybe 2-3 mallards has worked better for me killing ducks than a couple dozen duck decoys. Somedays I don't even put out the duck decoys and they still come in. Probably 95% or more of the time the ducks land or swim right into the goose decoys. I think I put the ducks out just to make myself feel comfortable when calling the ducks with a mallard call. When I don't put any duck decoys out, I can still finish the mallards right in the goose decoys with the duck call.
DOT3, I don't know that more decoys are needed if you are successful with the dozen you have. Have you ever tried 4 or 5 or 7 and see how the birds respond. If you are in a good spot I the 2-3 decoys will seal the deal.
CRP was responsible for 25.7 million additional ducks produced in the U.S. Prairie Pothole Region during 1992-2003. Source DU.