help with ruddys

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help with ruddys

Postby captmike69 » Fri Nov 23, 2012 6:17 pm

hey guys. i have a spot that has tons of ruddy ducks. they are not to common around here. im taking out my buddy tommorow to try for them. gonna set up off a point near them. i have no ruddy recoys. not sure if they even make them. im gonna put out far a few goldeneyes and ringnecks. and a couple mallards and geese in close. my questions are, do they decoy well? will they decoy into anything like buffleheads do? am i wasting my time? my buddy has only been duck hunting twice and we have only shot 2 geese so far so im trying to get him a good trip. the birds seem to have pretty much vanished around here lately. thanks
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help with ruddys

Postby Willie » Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:40 pm

Yeah they decoy pretty good. Have any hen teal decoys? Take them too.
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Re: help with ruddys

Postby rebelp74 » Sat Nov 24, 2012 3:29 pm

They decoy about the same as a bufflehead. I used catch a bunch em in gill nets when I used to commercial fish. they can dive suprisingly deep
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Re: help with ruddys

Postby slopestacker » Sun Nov 25, 2012 11:35 am

where i hunt ruddies r that duck that flies when its a bluebird sky and there is not a single big duck flying. they tend to land on the outside of the spread when they decide to come in. i dont try to decoy em because i dont shoot em, but throwing out a 2 - 4 hen teal, or hen ring neck decoys off to the side of the spread or just out side the pocket might work. they seem to rather buzz the outside line of the spread.
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Re: help with ruddys

Postby wanapasaki » Sun Nov 25, 2012 11:52 am

They usually hide in reeds all day so your best bet is to set some deeks out about 10 yards from their hiding ground. I never shoot them because they refuse to fly.
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Re: help with ruddys

Postby merganser murderer » Sun Nov 25, 2012 3:10 pm

if they fly they are fast, they like to come across our decoys often they are safe around me though
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Re: help with ruddys

Postby tmclaimerFL » Mon Nov 26, 2012 6:36 pm

Ive caught em swimming with coots often.
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