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Inexperienced hunter with a decoy question...

Postby SandPiper » Wed Aug 30, 2006 12:38 pm

Sorry to keep up with the inexperienced questions :oops: , but...

As I mentioned in the other thread (about STA5), I am pretty much brand, spanking new to duck hunting. What advice can you all give me concerning decoys. I don't mind putting in the time, but I'd like to avoid reinventing the wheel any more than I have to. I know there's no magic formula for decoy numbers and placement, but where do I start? I guess my first field scenario will be the early season (Sept. 24) at STA5, for teal (I don't imagine there'll be too many wood ducks down there). Any suggestions for number and placement? Thanks in advance.

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Postby kg4yus » Wed Aug 30, 2006 1:45 pm

I would think that a dozen or so Teal decoys, Bluewing or Greenwing or both mixed would do just fine. If you have a chance to do any scouting there try to place your decoys as you see the birds loafing. Try to mimic the birds with your decoy spread.
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Postby snipeshooter » Wed Aug 30, 2006 4:40 pm

I would also add half dozen black duck dekes withe the teal because they look like mottles and even if you can't shoot mottles right now. Most of the time the mottles and teal are using the same areas.
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Postby kg4yus » Wed Aug 30, 2006 5:16 pm

snipeshooter wrote:I would also add half dozen black duck dekes withe the teal because they look like mottles and even if you can't shoot mottles right now. Most of the time the mottles and teal are using the same areas.

True, True. PLus the Teal are used to hanging around the mallards up north. You could even throw in one or two Mallard drakes just for fun.
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Postby SandPiper » Wed Aug 30, 2006 5:25 pm

Thanks, guys, for the replies so far. I am moving up that learning curve, ever so slowly.

snipeshooter wrote:I would also add half dozen black duck dekes withe the teal because they look like mottles and even if you can't shoot mottles right now. Most of the time the mottles and teal are using the same areas.


How about mallard hens instead of the black duck? I happen to have a few around. They look a little like the mottles, too, right?
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Postby kg4yus » Wed Aug 30, 2006 5:40 pm

Absolutely!
See your getting the hang of it.
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Postby titangoober » Wed Aug 30, 2006 7:20 pm

ok kg4yus is absolutly correct on his advice for you. also i think it depends on location such as the area i hunt in. smaller and skinny water and medium to small swamp lands these areas are loaded with woodys and ringers .try pairing up woodys (drake and hens) scatterd with ringers. Yes i have heard that those 2 types of ducks dont hang out together BULL****** . throw in a hooded mergans. and your set.
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Postby kg4yus » Wed Aug 30, 2006 7:23 pm

Goob, its a lil early for the ringers.
Were talking Early Teal Season here bro. :thumbsup:
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Postby titangoober » Thu Aug 31, 2006 10:11 am

yea i know my bad. just tryn to help :oops:
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