River Hunting Divers

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River Hunting Divers

Postby dmadden7070 » Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:36 am

I'm thinking about doing some hunting on the arkansas river this season, and I hear that it holds some divers. What are some small adjustments I could make to my mallard/teal spread that would bring in some divers?
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Re: River Hunting Divers

Postby Willie » Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:50 am

Unless you want to paint some of your current decoys to look like divers, only thing I know to do is either buy new diver deeks, or find some old decoys and repaint them to divers.
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Re: River Hunting Divers

Postby Shade » Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:20 am

You could attempt using just your hens.... But I think it would be difficult to "Target" divers without some black and white in your spread. You got pintails? I have had Buffies land in my pintails before.

Best thing you can do for cheap divers is pick up the cheapest hard plastic decoys you can find on Craigslist... Paint them black with an $8 rattle can of 'Truck Bed Liner' (more durable, sticks to decoy best, and top paint sticks best to it), and then get a $4 flat white rattle can and paint a thick "Bumble Bee" stripe across the back. End result being black chest, neck, and head; white back and sides; black butt and tail. Take you 20 minutes plus dry time.
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Re: River Hunting Divers

Postby radfordc » Fri Oct 12, 2012 5:41 pm

I've hunted rivers for years with good results. Put out your normal decoy spread but add 8 or 9 black and white dekes off to one side. Mostly goldeneyes here and they come right in.
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Re: River Hunting Divers

Postby koonce727 » Tue Oct 16, 2012 3:16 pm

Run your mallards in a blob with all hens set up in long line fashion coming off the blob. Killed tons of divers with only mallards as a kid
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Re: River Hunting Divers

Postby ducks385 » Tue Oct 16, 2012 6:49 pm

koonce727 wrote:Run your mallards in a blob with all hens set up in long line fashion coming off the blob. Killed tons of divers with only mallards as a kid

same here
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