Lettin em touch?

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Lettin em touch?

Postby chrispbrown27 » Sun Aug 21, 2005 9:53 am

I posted this in the puddlerforum and thought I'd post it here too.
What do you guys think? Do you mind if the decoys touch when they're on the water or not?
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Postby Mike M. » Sun Aug 21, 2005 10:56 am

I would prefer they do not touch. I think it makes your spread look fake when the decoys are touching.
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Postby diverduck » Sun Aug 21, 2005 11:32 am

And when hunting divers in rough water it can make a lot of noise.
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Postby donell67 » Sun Aug 21, 2005 12:22 pm

i dont like them to touch at all. very annoying noise. specially when its windy.
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Postby bluebilldays » Sun Aug 21, 2005 12:46 pm

That is one of my many petpeaves(I know I can't spell)!!! I would rather have my wife nagging me all day than have them touch. OH well!!
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Postby Cobra » Sun Aug 21, 2005 2:01 pm

Liked to keep them at least 5' apart, usually pushing 10'. Makes the spread look bigger and more relaxed with plenty of room to try and land.
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Postby Layout » Tue Aug 23, 2005 6:06 pm

As far as touching goes from my experience with divers is doesn't even matter.. Touching puddlers is a totally different hunting situation. Puddlers are smarter for some reason?

The majority of my gunning is done in open water from a layout and if the divers are around they are coming in no matter what. Divers in open water feel "safe" and are usually dumber that a box of broken rubber hammers.

But if it is calm water, I would prefer them not to touch, because it makes the blocks look really fake. I've had blocks smacking against the layout in rough water and the birds never even flaired, just bombed right in.
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Postby Admin2 » Tue Aug 23, 2005 10:42 pm

Foam decoys do not make noise like the hollow plastic ones do.

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Postby suskiedrake » Thu Aug 25, 2005 9:13 pm

Spread them on long lines it make the set easier to put out and pick up I keep mine an arm spand away about 4.5 to 5ft (yeah I am a short guy) it also gives the impression that there are more birds in the spread and gives better visibilty
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Postby widgeon1013 » Fri Sep 02, 2005 4:51 pm

Ideally I definitely don't like em touching...If fact if you watch rafts of birds work when they knot up tight (touching) they are about to take flight...granted 1/2 birds to 50-80 but I still don't want any reason to have birds flare. I have success with dekes touching and would have to say I feel more comfortable and have more success with dekes on long lines with comfort space around each!
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