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Late season refuge spread

Postby diverduckduster » Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:53 pm

Going to delevan the last Saturday with my dad and brother. Here's my thinking on a decoy spread. Scale it down. 8 or so decoys. Widgeon, mallards, pintail, teal. Put a few on a jerk string. You think the ducks would be use to seeing large spreads, maybe they would commit to a smaller spread. You thoughts ? :wink:
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Re: Late season refuge spread

Postby nastynate » Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:53 pm

It doesn't matter do whatever makes you feel good your either at a descent spot or not. Haul a crap load or what you mentioned or less. Location is going to dictate it not the numbers.
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Re: Late season refuge spread

Postby friedcoot » Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:54 pm

got a (1) drake bufflehead ? throw that out too and leave the spinning wing in the truck.
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Re: Late season refuge spread

Postby slowshooter » Fri Jan 24, 2014 12:27 am

I'm going out with coot dekes and a canada goose deke. If that doesn't bring them in. Nothing will. :lol3:
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Re: Late season refuge spread

Postby ericwjennings » Fri Jan 24, 2014 12:42 am

Was there last Saturday. Birds wanted nothing to do with our spread. Been successfully using our decoy arrangement all year, but Saturday they avoided it like the plague. Picked up all the decoys, birds cupped coming into the pond the rest of the day, just had to move to where the birds wanted to land in the pond. Even put some decoys on far side of pond so they would skirt the decoys to the west, so it funneled them to where we were.

Long story short, pack out however many you want to, but be ready to change your setup if the birds don't like it. I take out 4 dozen on a cart every time. Put out my main 18, and wait and see what the birds do. Add more if I think it will help, pick some up if they are avoiding the decoys. Spinning wings are mostly flaring birds at this point in the season, but a properly done jerk string always seems to produce more committed birds for me. Just my 0.02c
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Re: Late season refuge spread

Postby coachbob » Fri Jan 24, 2014 2:20 am

Late season, I take 2 dozen coots, 2 pair of wigeon and 2 pair of gaddies. no robo-ducks. I group em tight away from the blind site. Then I sit and hope! sometimes they come in feet down, sometimes they spit at me from 100 up. :huh: :huh:
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Re: Late season refuge spread

Postby lcates » Fri Jan 24, 2014 11:24 am

they r definitely decoy shy we used 4 mallard decoys and 2 decoys on a jerk cord like others have said keep the decoys away from where u want them to land they don't want to fly over the decoys
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Re: Late season refuge spread

Postby ericwjennings » Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:16 pm

coachbob wrote:Late season, I take 2 dozen coots, 2 pair of wigeon and 2 pair of gaddies. no robo-ducks. I group em tight away from the blind site. Then I sit and hope! sometimes they come in feet down, sometimes they spit at me from 100 up. :huh: :huh:


You Delevan guys are all about your coot decoys. Guess I'll have to get some and try it out next season. Would have tried some out this year but Dons bad luck has rubbed off on me and I keep drawing in the last 5 in lotto. Best of luck this weekend!
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Re: Late season refuge spread

Postby slowshooter » Fri Jan 24, 2014 5:14 pm

The only thing coot decoys bring are more coots.

Hmmmm. I have two more days to get my 25.
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Re: Late season refuge spread

Postby ericwjennings » Fri Jan 24, 2014 5:40 pm

slowshooter wrote:The only thing coot decoys bring are more coots.

Hmmmm. I have two more days to get my 25.


All I have to say to that is pics or it didn't happen! :biggrin: I'd like to see a pic of you with your strap full of coots...
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Re: Late season refuge spread

Postby callinfowl » Fri Jan 24, 2014 5:56 pm

Two super mag hen mallards ! :yes:
Lifes to short to sweat the small crap !
Lighten up and have some fun ,before ya die !

Laugh at yourself and with others!!!!!
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Re: Late season refuge spread

Postby slowshooter » Fri Jan 24, 2014 6:14 pm

callinfowl wrote:Two super mag hen mallards ! :yes:



You seem to have a thing about two hens as indicated by your avatar. :lol3:
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Re: Late season refuge spread

Postby #4Buckshot » Fri Jan 24, 2014 6:55 pm

Last week I started grouping my small spread really tightly together and it's made all the difference in the world.
The only guess I have, as to why it seems to be working, is that the birds are flying so high this time of the season, and because of the weather, they are able to see tight groups better from that height than if the decoys are all spread out.
Like I said, it's just a guess.
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Re: Late season refuge spread

Postby ditchbanker » Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:02 pm

Lawn Chair, Weber Smokey Joe, real wood charcoal, Brats, Iced Lemonade (with a little vodka), Sunbrella
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