blackrock wrote: See(m)s to me the ducks are just looking for company, rafts of birds on the water. One advantage of goose decoys (even regular size floaters) is they are more visible.
I tend to agree. I've killed lots of ducks over a mixed spread of duck/goose decoys. Never have put out a spread of only goose decoys for ducks, but it should work.
Will it work better
than a spread of just duck decoys, for ducks?? I doubt it, but probably almost as well.
I do a lot of observation on the nearby refuges, both during the hunting seasons and outside the seasons. I have noticed this...here at least....if there are 5000 Canadas sitting on the east side of a big pool and 5000 ducks sitting on the south side, the geese will drop into the group of Canadas and the ducks drop into the crowd of ducks.
For this reason, I don't believe geese have a bigger draw for ducks than ducks do.
That said, both the increased visibility (more on that later) and the fact that ducks have seen 50 times more pure duck decoy spreads than goose decoy spreads may be a plus for a goose/mixed spread.
However, given the cost and bulkiness of goose floaters, you can put out a MUCH larger spread of duck decoys for the same amount of money and the same amount of carrying space/weight than you can goose decoys....so the visibility of the larger $1000 spread of duck decoys may equal or be even better than the visibility of a smaller $1000 goose spread.
What is better for decoying ducks: three dozen duck decoys or one dozen goose floaters? So far, there's no clear winner, but I know which way I go: duck decoys for ducks, goose decoys for geese. I have excellent results with that method and see no reason to change at this point in my life.