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Swan decoys

Postby Sitndux3294 » Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:05 am

Looking for a source to buy 2 quality floating swan dekes.
burlap, foam (I can burlap), etc.
no plastic.

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Re: Swan decoys

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Re: Swan decoys

Postby Sitndux3294 » Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:38 pm

Mintz won't do it, anybody else...
surely someone knows where I can get 2 quality swan coys?
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Re: Swan decoys

Postby quackshot » Fri Feb 21, 2014 9:09 pm

Maybe this guy can make them for you




http://www.gundogdecoys.com/default.html
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Re: Swan decoys

Postby 2500hdon37s » Fri Feb 21, 2014 11:50 pm

why not get one of these and just hunt from it too?? :yes:

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Re: Swan decoys

Postby Slack Tide » Sat Feb 22, 2014 2:23 pm

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Re: Swan decoys

Postby Sitndux3294 » Wed Feb 26, 2014 7:33 am

Again, Don't want plastic ones, they break too easy when temps get cold... which is when swans show up.
Looking for custom foam, burlap, or even wood.
Will contact link provided above.
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Re: Swan decoys

Postby Slack Tide » Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:36 am

If you have the means to spend on custom swan decoys.....more power to you....but I found these:
http://www.knutsondecoys.com/decoy_crane.html

Being that they are 2 part....there is less to snap...plus I hunt a pair of Knutsen mergansers in ice....they are the "mushy" kind of plastic...not hard plastic....for $80....you may change your mind...

let us know what you get
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Re: Swan decoys

Postby Ringneck » Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:42 am

Google some of the carving sites and ask around. You may find someone with a few to get rid of.

They are always selling decoys on this site and I know at least 1 guy on it does some swan decoys. Good luck.

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Re: Swan decoys

Postby JuniorPre 360 » Wed Feb 26, 2014 9:47 am

We hit about 25 degrees before the swan leave. Never had a problem with the cary lite decoys cracking or breaking. Any colder than that and I can't imagine having any open water around.
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Re: Swan decoys

Postby eagles2069 » Wed Feb 26, 2014 10:02 am

Maybe he would do it for you: http://bachsblocksdecoys.wordpress.com/
He posts a lot on forums and makes some pretty good decoys.
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Re: Swan decoys

Postby mudpack » Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:54 pm

Sitndux3294 wrote:Again, Don't want plastic ones, they break too easy when temps get cold... which is when swans show up.

Modern plastic decoys are tougher than you give them credit for. I hunt with modern plastic decoys in single digit temps down to -4 degrees a dozen times a season and have not had temperature-related problems with them. You haul a couple of wood or cork swan decoys around for a season, even in a boat, and you may find yourself relegating them to a museum. :biggrin:

I carved a full-sized brown pelican for a contest once. It wasn't as large as a swan, body-wise...(the head was larger). I can tell you this: probably never again. I might do one for $300, but the amount of wood and time involved was staggering.
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Re: Swan decoys

Postby JuniorPre 360 » Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:43 am

2500hdon37s wrote:why not get one of these and just hunt from it too?? :yes:

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I had actually contemplated this idea in high school.
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Re: Swan decoys

Postby Sitndux3294 » Thu Feb 27, 2014 12:26 pm

Thanks all.
Friend of mine has been commissioned to carve me 2 out of cork.
I will post pics when I place my hands on them.
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