3200 man wrote:You are so right FS , now Spoonies are king !...........I'll wait for Flocked Spoonie decoys , Gene ?
Plain old Mallard decoys seem to do the job here , flocked that is !
woodduck31 wrote:I won't put any species of decoys out for birds that I'm not targeting, except maybe mallards. I usually have a pair of mallard decoys out with whatever decoys reflect the species I want to target. We will change the spread depending on what we are seeing on the river, be it ringers, redheads, wigeon, gadwall, goldeneye or geese. Of course I've shot a lot of species of ducks over mallard decoys over the past 47 years, but I've done way better with each species, especially divers by using their own kind of decoys. Mallards are the least likely to care from my experience. I've had more mallards in my goldeneye and wigeon decoys than in my mallard decoys on the river. I won't use a decoy that's not flocked, I don't see the point. I would just as soon no one else used flocked decoys however. I've flocked just about every species of duck we have. 3200, we've even flocked shovelers.
I won't put any species of decoys out for birds that I'm not targeting
Fsbirdhouse wrote:What exactly is rice breast, I've only seen one bird with it that I can recall.
Mean Gene wrote:Fsbirdhouse wrote:What exactly is rice breast, I've only seen one bird with it that I can recall.
Parasites in the breast meat. When you skin the bird it looks like rice kernals in the meat. From what I've read if you cook the meat good it's no big deal. Very seldom get anything like that here. It's always grossed me out though, so any time I've seen it I chuck the bird. It's common down in the Sacramento Valley, but not up here. I've only learned a little about it from a small amount of reading. Just a lesson learned. Lots of lessons learned in life, some matter, some don't. I tend to learn more by "doing" than "seeing". Have had times though, even in the recent past, where folks have warned me about something, but I didn't listen. Figured it couldn't be that bad. Then something happened, and I learned my lesson. Should have listened to the warnings and saved myself some grief I guess.
Speaking of lessons, it's gonna be interesting dow here this year when folks don't have their usual watering holes to hunt. We'll see how many of them have been paying attention to what kind of "alternative methods" are out there for chasing birds. Problem with most folks is they do one thing for so long it becomes ingrained in them and that's all they know. I like to experiment and think outside the box. [color=#FF0000]The lessons I've learned by doing that just might come in real handy this year. [/color]
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