decoy distance?

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decoy distance?

Postby skagit » Sun Sep 03, 2006 2:01 pm

When hunting open water, how far do you set your boat away from spread? Mostly hunting Scoter's and Oldsquaw. In some of the pictures I see, it looks as if they are pretty close. Thanks for your help.
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Postby Billblue » Mon Sep 04, 2006 7:49 am

When hunting from a boat blind in open water for divers I try to keep my decoys at 15-20 yards,25max.

Don't have any problems getting them in close. It also makes for cleaner
kills. Have shot scoter and old squaw over this set up also.

Hope this helps I'v been doing this for close to 50 years works for me.
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Postby Major Woods » Tue Sep 05, 2006 11:29 am

Oldsquaw are not the smartest duck out there. We set up decoys 5-30 yards from the boat.
At times they come to close and we have to shoot them as they are peeling away.
You can see the intended landing area in front of the flapper decoy.
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Postby skagit » Tue Sep 05, 2006 10:47 pm

Hey thanks for your help and the pics. Last year was my first year hunting sea ducks. We did OK, but it always seemed we were too far from the spread. I guess in fear of spooking them. As you say though, they aren't the smartest out there! This year I will be setting up much closer. I like the spinning wing deke, what is it? Once again thanks for your help.
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Postby goosehunter64 » Wed Sep 06, 2006 5:55 am

Ya'll have to remember.....that being seasducks and all....they are just use to being around boats. Be it wide open water, bays, rivers, lakes, and what not. Shoot at them a few times, and they aren't so dumb.....JMHO. :yes: :yes:
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Postby Major Woods » Wed Sep 06, 2006 12:25 pm

I like the spinning wing deke, what is it?


It's an oldsquaw wind powered spinner. The ducks really like it as they practically land right on top of it.

The brand name is "Ure-a-Duck Decoy's", the quality of the decoy is dicey at best. It is a expanded foam decoy with steel wing bearings that rust very easily. I have to clean & oil them up after every use. The decoys head also came in cracked and I had to do exstensive repairs then repaint.
If I had to do it again I would make sure the body was plastic with stainless steel bearings.
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Postby budsbud66 » Thu Sep 07, 2006 1:16 pm

I tie one string to the back of the boat and drift around... and those dumb birds come right in.. no blind.. no camo.. nothing.. they are by far the funnest duck out there!!. i love em! Better yet, bust out your 19-21ft walleye boat and hunt in 4-6ft waves in comfort..

Good luck!


Where can i pick up that spinning wing??
Any other good places for cheap squaw deeks????
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Postby skagit » Thu Sep 07, 2006 9:23 pm

I just got my new Herters model 72's. They look good, but there not that cheap. Not many company's offer Oldsquaw decoys.
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Postby 10 ga. » Fri Sep 08, 2006 5:19 pm

On the west coast divers see very little pressure. We have hunted them out of 30' boats that are white and blue and not had any problems killing our limits on a daily basis. We dont even need that many decoys here but we use them any ways just because its nice to look atb a nice spread.
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Postby on duck call » Tue Sep 19, 2006 6:39 pm

What size boat is that. Looks like you have a quite a few garbage cans.
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Postby Major Woods » Wed Sep 20, 2006 12:53 pm

on duck call wrote:What size boat is that. Looks like you have a quite a few garbage cans.


It's a G3 model 2072.
20' long by 8' wide with 31" sides powered with a 90hp motor. Huge boat that can hunt 4 with comfort & safety in the ocean.
I had enough scarry times with my 17' low gunnel boat :eek:
Better picture to show how wide it really is, Pops looks like a small guy standing in the boat.
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