Help with Diver Spreads!!

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Help with Diver Spreads!!

Postby PatCies83 » Wed Nov 01, 2006 10:55 am

I’m fairly new to diver hunting and need some help with setting my decoys for best results. I was on the Mississippi this past weekend hunting divers and was unable to getting any good shooting opportunituints. Between myself and another guy we are running around 7-8 dozen divers, mostly bluebills with some cans and golden eyes. We have another 5-6 dozen mallards that we run.
I was wondering if anybody could give me a few ideas on how to set all these decoys up for the best results. I’m going back down to pool 9 next week for 4 days, and some info on spreads would be a great help!!!
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Postby MattKenzer » Wed Nov 01, 2006 12:23 pm

Hi....What divers are you hunting? Which is the most abundant?
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Postby PatCies83 » Wed Nov 01, 2006 2:07 pm

The area is now holding around 100,000 cans. But this past weekend when I was down there it was holding bluebills, buffel, Redheads, and Mallards. The area holds a mix of everything for spoon bill to gray ducks. The area just holds a real mix of everything. Divers are the most abundant
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Postby NickCies80 » Wed Nov 01, 2006 3:13 pm

You clowns should not throw out any decoys. First you should learn to shoot. Pat, if you are going to shore hunt I would try a "J" with the bills and then put some puddlers off to the side.

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Postby Whistlerwhittler » Wed Nov 01, 2006 3:40 pm

You two sound like brothers... :umm: 100,000 cans, I wish I could see that!
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Postby PatCies83 » Wed Nov 01, 2006 5:42 pm

Sorry to say...One of the Wisconsin Mods is my brother...He thinks he can hunt!! :thumbsdown: Yea, the area on the Miss holds 90% of the Worlds Cans before that move south down the Miss and East to the Atlantic.
Any ideas guys??!?!?!!?
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Postby 870 » Wed Nov 01, 2006 6:17 pm

the only idea I can come up with is... you sending some of those Can's my way :toofunny:
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Postby Erik Olsen » Wed Nov 01, 2006 9:46 pm

so your on pool 9 of the miss and i believe the ratio is figured more at 2/3rds or the cans. keep in mind you are agianst alot of people out there so sometimes its important to have your own little refuge of plastic ducks to be succesful
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Postby Whistlerwhittler » Thu Nov 02, 2006 5:21 am

It's hard to say without seeing the situation. But the "J" does sound like a good bet, we've had luck with it when hunting divers off of a point.
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