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Postby alwayshuntin » Thu Oct 05, 2006 12:00 pm

has anyone tooken old decoys and cut the keels off to use in the field or just leave them on? any suggestions help.
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Postby Boomn4x4 » Thu Oct 05, 2006 12:34 pm

I leave em on. Just make sure they are sitting upright by leaning them up against something or put a little pile of dirt under them.
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Postby sdgr8wthnter » Thu Oct 05, 2006 2:05 pm

I have done it. Just use the wood dowles used for snow goose decoys(texas rags) and I think its a 3/8's drill bit works perfectly. I used some GHG decoys that were leaking. And they looked pretty good.
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Postby Cobra » Thu Oct 05, 2006 4:31 pm

Done it both ways and either will work. Now use some 70's era Herters fiberglass goose shells repainted as Mallards, instant stackable super mags. They were a PIA as honkers, killers as mallards in the field now.
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Postby Boomn4x4 » Thu Oct 05, 2006 5:17 pm

well now, you have brought up somethign I have never seen nor thought of before..... Drill a hole and put them on dowl rods..... It'll give you visibility and motion all at the same time!
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Postby Billblue » Thu Oct 05, 2006 6:04 pm

I've purchased wire in 10ft lengthes from a supplier that handles suspended ceilings.

The wire is about the gauge of a coat hanger.

Measure the length of th keel,double it plus thirteen inches. .

find the center of the wire bend it half an inch each way from center.

slip over the keel,then bend each leg at a 90% at the back of the keel to make the legs.

When hunting push them in the groud giving the decoy a little backwards tilt.

You should have keelx2+1"+2/6" legs

Shot a lot of ducks doing this.
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Postby QuackerTracker » Fri Oct 06, 2006 10:31 am

I justed made a dozen out of old decoys. I use the metal rods that you can put bolts on. screw a big hole in the bottom (1 inch hole) Use a nut to keep the decoy on from the top (3/8 or what ever size the rod is small hole). That way if it is windy i can put a nut on top of the decoy, tighten it down and keep them from spinning in circles.
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Postby goosetalk » Mon Oct 09, 2006 8:32 am

We cut off the keels. That way, you can use them on ice as well. Works good when it freezes tight.
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Postby Daisycuttin » Sun Nov 05, 2006 3:22 pm

We do that to all our old floaters. Take and cut the bottoms off completely (leaves just a hollow shell). Then take and drill a 1/4 hole through the back (from the top). Take and cut 24 inch long pieces of 1/4 all-thread (get it at lowes $3 for 6ft). IMPORTANT!!! Paint the all-thread khaki or brown (its shiny steel to start with). Attatch the allthread to the deke by placing the deke ontop of the all-thread and secure it with painted wing-nuts. Push the stick in the ground to desired height. They will have great motion that is controllable by tightening or loosening the wing-nuts.
For added realism, buy a roll of orange surveyors tape (plastic ribbon @ lowes for 2.50for 100yrds) and cut into strips and glue to the inside of the decoys where the legs should be. The motion of the deke and the legs makes them seem as if they are walking around feeding.
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Postby The Cat Island Drake » Sun Nov 05, 2006 9:49 pm

Never thought of that befor great idea ole boy. :thumbsup:
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