Iworkemintight16 wrote:I was just wanting to see if I could pick up any tips on here from you guys. I have hunted puddle ducks since I was 6 and have had great success. I was wondering about coot decoys on fresh bodies of water? how many you need? Also can you kill good numbers of puddle ducks out of lay out boats? And is it the more the merrier when it comes to decoys on open bodies of water?
Iworkemintight16 wrote:Haha no I am not talking about coots.. But where I hunt there are huge grassflats with thousands of coots with divers, gadwalls, and other puddles. I was seriously thinking about getting a layout boat to diver hunt on different sloughs on reservoirs. We luck up and have a flock of bluebills buzz the decoys, but they are always flying a hundred yards out along with cans, redheads, goldeneys, buffles, etc. Also we have mallards, gadwalls, and puddle ducks land out in the middle of the sloughs too!! Here are my questions. 1. SHould I put coot decoys in my spread to shoot ducks? not coots! 2. Will puddle ducks still decoy well with a layout boat made for divers? or does covering it up with fastgrass or some other camouflage work in big water? 3. Will divers still come in if you have it camouflaged with fastgrass? 4. How many decoys do you recommend to shoot divers?
ScaupHunter wrote:The layout boat will work fine for both kinds of ducks. Brush it up near shore, don't when you are in open water. We regularly shoot mixed bags over all diver spreads when we located in areas where both types of ducks like to travel or land. We have had divers work back into sloughs when we had diver spreads mixed with puddlers and vice a verse when we had the same spreads set up in open water.
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