Best Diver Duck Decoys?

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Best Diver Duck Decoys?

Postby Diver Danner » Thu Jul 03, 2003 3:28 pm

I'm thinking about ditching all of my cheapo diver decoys and go to a smaller more realistic spread. Any suggestions?
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Cork Duck Decoys

Postby AddictedtoQuack » Fri Jul 11, 2003 7:53 pm

If you want to have decoys that last, you gotta go with cork. They hold up forever and look nice when painted.
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Canvasback

Postby AddictedtoQuack » Fri Jul 11, 2003 8:28 pm

Does anyone know which states allow shooting canvasbacks?
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Postby Mallard Man » Thu Jul 17, 2003 9:21 pm

I would go with G&H they are the best!!
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Re: Canvasback

Postby KP » Fri Jul 18, 2003 12:31 pm

AddictedtoQuack wrote:Does anyone know which states allow shooting canvasbacks?


If I recall they have a 30-day season in Iowa.
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diver dekes

Postby CANEMAN » Mon Aug 18, 2003 7:51 pm

I agree with Mallard Man. G&H or nothing. I wouldn't even consider Herters. I've had trouble keeping heads on em. :wink:
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Re: Canvasback

Postby waterfowlfool » Mon Sep 22, 2003 11:34 pm

AddictedtoQuack wrote:Does anyone know which states allow shooting canvasbacks?
I think here in florida it will be opened aaina nd Im going to Md. and the guide says theres a great chance there as well ...Good luck
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Re: Best Diver Duck Decoys?

Postby waterfowlfool » Mon Sep 22, 2003 11:37 pm

Diver Danner wrote:I'm thinking about ditching all of my cheap diver decoys and go to a smaller more realistic spread. Any suggestions?
Go cork, Herters fall apart and simply dont hold up. Greenbhead gear.com came out with cheap but great looking plastic deeks with removable keels I got some their nice, G&H are awesome PLASTIC deeks but man plastic...but with the plastics you shoot them their gone. Save up and go cork ..cant go wrong ! Later
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Diver Decoys

Postby Ohio Guest » Wed Sep 24, 2003 5:45 am

I just bought a layout boat for hunting divers this fall. Does anyone have suggestions on what size decoys to use. I bought some of the lifesize though some people seem to be getting the magnum and super magnum. I thought the larger ones would spook the duck at close range. Please send any ideas. Thanks
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Re: Canvasback

Postby Guest » Tue Sep 30, 2003 10:07 am

AddictedtoQuack wrote:Does anyone know which states allow shooting canvasbacks?
You can shoot 1 per day in Michigan, provided you eat it quickly as you cannot have more than a couple in possesion.
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Re: Canvasback

Postby michgnhntr » Wed Oct 01, 2003 6:45 am

AddictedtoQuack wrote:Does anyone know which states allow shooting canvasbacks?
"YOU CAN SHOOT 1 PER DAY IN MICHIGAN"
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Re: Best Diver Duck Decoys?

Postby michgnhntr » Wed Oct 01, 2003 6:47 am

Diver Danner wrote:I'm thinking about ditching all of my cheapo diver decoys and go to a smaller more realistic spread. Any suggestions?
I USE HERTERS DECOYS, THE MAGNUM SIZE AND ARE MADE OF SOLID STYROFOAM, I HUNT THE OPEN WATERS OF SAGINAW BAY IN MICHIGAN AND THEY HAVE PERFORMED FANTASTIC FOR ME.
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Postby Blockduck » Sat Oct 18, 2003 5:37 pm

The bottom line is that a piece of wood panted with a black-white-black paint scheme will pull divers. I personally don't worry too much about what my decoys look like as I have been pulling ducks with them for years. Looks are mostly for the hunters' liking. JMHO
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Best diver decoy

Postby blacklab25 » Mon Nov 17, 2003 6:03 pm

I would strongly suggest using Herter's Ultimate or Burlap decoys. They are alot cheaper than cork and lighter. The paint holds up pretty good. I bought 2 dozen plain and painted them myself for about $115 a dozen for the ultimate magnums. They are solid styrofoam with a hard plastic shell. As with any diver hunter, the decoys will get shot, and they hold up extremely well. The advantage of painting yourself is you can make more drakes than hens which works out alot better. Look into Cabela's for the prices.
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Re: Canvasback

Postby remington man » Wed Nov 26, 2003 9:28 pm

AddictedtoQuack wrote:Does anyone know which states allow shooting canvasbacks?


yes.. Loiusiana allows one MALE per year
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decoys

Postby diver danner » Fri Dec 05, 2003 8:47 am

I sugeest that u buy a brand of decoys called green head gear they are not expenseive and there durabule
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Postby noway » Mon Dec 15, 2003 10:04 am

Does anyone know which states allow shooting canvasbacks?


You can hunt Canvasbacks until Dec26 in the state of FL quanity of 1.
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Postby quackerkiller » Tue Dec 16, 2003 8:48 pm

i would go with the armored herter decoy or the burlap thats the way to go but if u got the money it seems that everyone says that the corks are the best
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Re: Canvasback

Postby montanaquackers » Wed Jan 28, 2004 7:26 pm

KP wrote:
AddictedtoQuack wrote:Does anyone know which states allow shooting canvasbacks?


If I recall they have a 30-day season in Iowa.


Montana allows the harvest of one canvasback from opening weekend (last weekend in sept. or first weekend in oct.) until the very beginning of december. this past season cans closed dec. 2, and opening day was oct 4. these dates were good for the part of the state the falls into the Pacific flyway. The portion of the state in the central flyway opened oct 4 and closed nov. 11 allowing the harvest of one canvasback also. The same dates and limits held for pintails.
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Postby Anatidae » Fri Feb 27, 2004 8:09 pm

Although G&H makes a puddle duck decoy, their divers don't have the right proportions. (Width/height vs. length) In heavy wind they blow over. So do Carrylites which are rounded on the bottom. Foam or cork decoys have the edge when it comes to divers. You can shoot the birds when they are flying through the decoys without sinking them.

We have moved to super Mag foam decoys and foam filled plastic decoys. The greenhead Gear decoys are the best looking production decoy on the market, but they are too small for big water hunting. Fred Zink did a great job on the paint this time. Foreget those who say use all drakes. Market hunters used 50/50 ratio.

We hunt the Great Lakes from boat blinds and layout boats and have learned what has been best for us over the years.

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Postby Jeepman:-) » Wed Jun 09, 2004 3:05 pm

WA allows killin Cans, as for the dekes I have to agree with the Herters. I have about 3 doz divers and love the burlaps but cant seem to find them anymore. The other armored herters are also nice but stay away from the photo enhanced ones, they are not very durable
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Postby 20gauge24 » Wed Sep 29, 2004 6:09 pm

CA alows canvasback killing only one though
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Postby rivrduk » Thu Sep 30, 2004 2:31 pm

For an inexpensive diver decoy pant a black wing patch on a white bleach jug. I have had the best luck with using the 2.5 qt jug. I don't know if the cap comes in any other color than red. My wife only buys the red cap blech jug, pant it white. After jugging for Divers in the Winter, I take the jugs to the Catfish in the Spring.
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Postby Layout » Wed Oct 06, 2004 9:36 pm

I use herters, McCords, and Toledo's. :thumbsup: The Toledo's are bulletproof litterally speaking. Use as many blocks as you can. Sometimes you can get away with 60 or so and still bring in divers. We usually go with around 90. What kind of layout did ya buy?

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More White showing the better

Postby MinnDuck » Fri Oct 08, 2004 10:07 pm

I have experienced dekes with more white especially on the back off the deke like bluebill dekes with a good patch of white or canvasbacks are great.
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