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Best bang for your buck decoys?

Postby mudjunky1 » Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:32 pm

Looking for good solid decoys that'll last but do not break the bank. Any suggestions?
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Re: Best bang for your buck decoys?

Postby bandhunter20 » Wed Feb 05, 2014 2:12 pm

GHG or Dakota. All i use and they hold up the best, ive used many other brands and most have problems with paint coming off, companies like redhead, flambeau, tanglefree
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Re: Best bang for your buck decoys?

Postby mudjunky1 » Thu Feb 06, 2014 5:58 pm

bandhunter20 wrote:GHG or Dakota. All i use and they hold up the best, ive used many other brands and most have problems with paint coming off, companies like redhead, flambeau, tanglefree


I have used GHG but just the hot buys. I am starting to learn the if you hunt much with cheap decoys, you can expect to replace the every other year. I'm gonna try to get a few dozen over the off season to replace some that have reached the end of there useful life. I doubt I'll be buying any Dakota decoys at $180 a dozen where I'm at.
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Re: Best bang for your buck decoys?

Postby BKScripto » Thu Feb 06, 2014 6:02 pm

My GHG Pro Grades are on their second year and no problems at all. I do keep them in 12 slot bags though. And Dakota's can be found much cheaper right now, like $130.
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Re: Best bang for your buck decoys?

Postby Gj325 » Thu Feb 06, 2014 6:34 pm

BKScripto wrote:My GHG Pro Grades are on their second year and no problems at all. I do keep them in 12 slot bags though. And Dakota's can be found much cheaper right now, like $130.

Where please tell cheapest I have seen $144
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Re: Best bang for your buck decoys?

Postby mudpack » Sun Feb 09, 2014 10:30 pm

Best bang for buck?
Probably GHG ProGrades.
They aren't cheap, but they will last a long time...and their realism is unsurpassed.

Up to the individual whether he wants to pay $3 for an adequate decoy that has to be replaced every two years, or $10 for a decoy that will do a better job for 5 or 6 or 30 years. Which is more important to you; the bang or the buck? :biggrin:
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Re: Best bang for your buck decoys?

Postby koonce727 » Mon Feb 10, 2014 2:44 pm

Best bang for your buck would be BF goose floaters.

Why? They will last, and you will shoot ducks and geese over them. Well, at least that's what I keep telling myself...
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Re: Best bang for your buck decoys?

Postby DUCK-DAWG » Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:04 am

Those of you suggesting Pro Grades for their durability must really be babying your decoys. My experience is limited to the Pro Grade teal and wigeon, but the durability of those decoys in my experience is appalling. I bought some Pro Grade teal several years ago and after one season most of them were missing about 1/3 of their paint. I swore I would never purchase another Pro Grade decoy but decided to give them another shot this past season and bought some wigeon. In an effort to preserve the paint, I sprayed the decoys with 3-4 coats of clear coat and they STILL lost paint. The wigeon also have "raised" primaries on one side (a plastic insert that's bound to the decoy by 2 plastic pegs and some glue). While these may add a touch of realism, they also leak. Pro Grade's look great out of the box, but I certainly wouldn't label them as durable.
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Re: Best bang for your buck decoys?

Postby mudpack » Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:42 am

My ProGrade mallards have held up very well over the last three seasons. They get thrown in a mesh bag, and tossed in the boat; no babying here.
My ProGrade wigeons have not held up quite as well, but still are good after four seasons. The PG teal are holding up beautifully. I can't explain why your teal and wigeon have not held up......
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Re: Best bang for your buck decoys?

Postby BKScripto » Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:39 pm

I'll admit I baby my GHG ProGrades. They are in 12 slot bags and pretty much stay in them unless they are on the water. My GHG diver deeks however are all in one big huge bag from Cabelas, but I haven't used them nearly as much as my mallard deeks.

No need to beat up your decoys just to say you hunt hard. I don't have any walk in area I hunt so I'm always in the boat... So if I had to walk in I'd probably use one single back and they'd get beat up more.
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Re: Best bang for your buck decoys?

Postby Justin Weber » Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:10 pm

My Pro-Grades went through their 3rd season of Texas Rigging and still look great. I don't purposely throw my decoys around but Texas Rigging isn't babying decoys by any means. The GHG Divers are pretty much indestructible in my opinion. If you don't want to spend the money on Pro-Grades the Life Size series are great decoys as well.
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Re: Best bang for your buck decoys?

Postby Ukcatshunter » Wed Feb 26, 2014 7:42 am

For my first season I'm going to try a dozen of the life size mallards.
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Re: Best bang for your buck decoys?

Postby 2500hdon37s » Wed Feb 26, 2014 5:35 pm

Ukcatshunter wrote:For my first season I'm going to try a dozen of the life size mallards.

Thats what I started with! they look great!

I have a few dozen of the GHG lifesize decoys and they are all Teaxs rigged and just get tossed in the truck, decoy sled, and boat. they still look great after a few seasons. I have probably have had 2 doz them for 4 or 5 years, and they still look great but do have very minor chips. They're much cheaper than pro-grades, last just as long, and look great. also lots of different species available too.
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Re: Best bang for your buck decoys?

Postby mudpack » Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:47 pm

I also started with the GHG LifeSize. Their paint (mallard hens) has been very fragile. The LifeSize pintails, on the other hand, have been in use as long as the mallards and their paint has held up very well. Both of those species of decoys are used many times a season in the same spread, under the same conditions.
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Re: Best bang for your buck decoys?

Postby 2500hdon37s » Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:34 pm

mudpack wrote:I also started with the GHG LifeSize. Their paint (mallard hens) has been very fragile. The LifeSize pintails, on the other hand, have been in use as long as the mallards and their paint has held up very well. Both of those species of decoys are used many times a season in the same spread, under the same conditions.

hmm odd my mallard hens have been more durable than any other decoy I have. But it could be that mine are newer than yours? only my mallard drakes have minor scuffs on the heads and the occasional chip off the bill on them.
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Re: Best bang for your buck decoys?

Postby neon58 » Thu Mar 06, 2014 8:57 pm

Higdon. :thumbsup:
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Re: Best bang for your buck decoys?

Postby Weedwacker » Sat Mar 08, 2014 9:23 am

neon58 wrote:Higdon. :thumbsup:


Agree, somewhat.
My battleship Higdon are awesome , late season due to the paint scheme of mature flight ducks. They are heavy.

My G&H that are going on 16 years now, still bring the early birds and until 6 years ago were thrown into a stand up Drake bag.
Wish G&H would bring back the old paint scheme, not crazy about the new look.........

Going to look at the Big Foot mallards sometime this year.
Going to walk through the decoys section of my favorite store, doing the finger nail test on all the paints. Amazed of of many decoys you can just scratch the paint off with a little pressure :huh:
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Re: Best bang for your buck decoys?

Postby mudpack » Thu Mar 13, 2014 8:28 pm

2500hdon37s wrote:hmm odd my mallard hens have been more durable than any other decoy I have. But it could be that mine are newer than yours?


Could be; I bought mine in 2003. The hens have lost a good deal of their tan paint and the pink plastic is showing through badly.
I've have to repaint several of them, the rest I've sold or retired.
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Re: Best bang for your buck decoys?

Postby Rick Hall » Fri Mar 14, 2014 4:17 am

I've a bunch of mallard hens like this:
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And hen teal with heads just like its. My GHG paint experience has been too mixed to trust. Most recently bought some Pro Grade teal three seasons that's heads have faded but not gone green, yet, but some are chipping or slipping paint.
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Re: Best bang for your buck decoys?

Postby mudpack » Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:45 am

Rick Hall wrote:Image


Yep. That's pretty much what my Lifesize hens look like, except not so much sun-faded as body paint worn off. :thumbsup:
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Re: Best bang for your buck decoys?

Postby KRB » Fri Mar 14, 2014 11:46 am

Bought 3 dozen Tanglefree foam filled migration series bluebill deke's look great held up well.
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Re: Best bang for your buck decoys?

Postby Rick Hall » Fri Mar 14, 2014 1:51 pm

mudpack wrote:Yep. That's pretty much what my Lifesize hens look like, except not so much sun-faded as body paint worn off. :thumbsup:


My main blind's decoys stay out all season.
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Re: Best bang for your buck decoys?

Postby mudpack » Sun Mar 16, 2014 2:34 pm

Rick Hall wrote:My main blind's decoys stay out all season.

Yeah, I could tell. :thumbsup:
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Re: Best bang for your buck decoys?

Postby Dog Tired » Sun Apr 06, 2014 7:20 am

the first 8 years or so I hunted I used a set of hand me down no name blocks some guy gave my dad. I never really had the money to use anything different and needless to say they didn't look great but I guess I killed all the dumb ducks. When I finally bought decoys for myself, what do you know, I still killed ducks...the DHC elitist in me wants to answer this with SCOUT, SCOUT, SCOUT SOME MORE. haha.
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Re: Best bang for your buck decoys?

Postby Cade_DuckSlayer129 » Wed May 14, 2014 2:25 pm

This past season I used some of the Hardcore Promo Mallards and they seemed to work really good. I also used some of the Banded Greenwing decoys and they worked really good too.
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