Mallard floaters in a field setup?

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Mallard floaters in a field setup?

Postby maverick340 » Sun Nov 12, 2006 9:04 pm

I'm fairly new to waterfowling so don't laugh. Has anyone out there ever used floating mallard dekes in a field setup? The corm stubble is high enough I can just lean them up against it along the one side of my goose decoys. I'm worried about the posture not being right. Anyone have advice? :withstupid:
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Postby casey_714 » Sun Nov 12, 2006 11:01 pm

Never done it before, but other people on this site have, and I think it worked out for them.. :thumbsup:
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Postby Mr. 16 gauge » Mon Nov 13, 2006 5:37 am

Probably better to use your foot and scuffle a little 'trough' in the dirt and put the decoy there instead of leaning it against another decoy.
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Postby maverick340 » Mon Nov 13, 2006 8:43 am

Guys, thanks for the advice. Mr 16 ga, I thought I'd lean them up against the corn stubble, but keep them groups over to one side of my spread, not against the dekes. Do you think it will work?
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Postby Mr. 16 gauge » Mon Nov 13, 2006 9:01 am

Mav;
It would probably work, but I guess I'm thinking that if they were more "free standing", any birds working would see them better.
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Postby Boomn4x4 » Mon Nov 13, 2006 9:20 am

I use the all the time..... I mostly field goose hunt, but I'll throw my mallard floaters out during duck season. I try to make sure they are upright. They definalty lack the visibility you get from field decoys. I'm really not sure if they do any good, EVERY duck I hae ever taken while field hunting were taken while they were committed to landing in my goose spread. But they sure don't seem to hurt
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Postby maverick340 » Mon Nov 13, 2006 9:50 am

Guys, Thanks!! I'll give it a shot and post some pics if it works!
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Postby WIBuckeye » Sun Nov 19, 2006 8:34 am

Segregate and put out a spinner with the ducks. We usually remove the spinner once the early flights of ducks have stopped and geese are flying.
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Postby REM1100 » Sun Nov 19, 2006 12:15 pm

I carry a dozen floaetrs and put them off to the side about 15 yards from the blind away from the geese dekes and they are usually propped up in the stubbble close together a fooot apart...or I use my heel to kick in the dirt for a depression to upright the mallards...I automatically set up this way because I want to warm up the barrels for the real deal.
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Postby maverick340 » Sun Nov 19, 2006 1:06 pm

Thanks for the advice. Wed I only had about 2 hrs to hunt before work, but 1 group of mallards commited. Too bad I'm such a loust shot! Didn't seem to bother the geese. The one that I actually shot fell into the spread and knocked some of the mallard dekes over.

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Postby Jim Broadbridge » Mon Nov 20, 2006 9:12 am

I have done this many times, the only problem I have found is the visiblilty is very poor, the hens can get lost in the stubble so it may help to use all drakes. It is certainly better than nothing. I made up a bunch of siloettes and they stand nice and tall and work great.
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Postby hound » Tue Dec 12, 2006 4:54 pm

Drive a six inch stake through a piece of wood screw two pieces onto the top leaving room to slide your keel in between the top two peices

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Postby Jim Broadbridge » Tue Dec 12, 2006 9:50 pm

Good idea Hound and it wouldn't cost much money, the uprights that form the slot could be made from 1/4 ply or discarded wall paneling, to keep the wieght down. :thumbsup:
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Postby derbyhillsranch » Wed Aug 29, 2007 6:05 pm

i know this post is old, but if your decoys dont have removable keels, carry along a clawed hammer with you and use that to easily dig a tiny trench just bigenough for the keels!
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Postby Duckslayer920 » Sun Oct 28, 2007 2:53 pm

I hunt with 2 dozen mallard floaters and i hardly ever hunt water. It works great and its a LOT less expensive. What Ive always done it unfolded a hanger and wrapped it around the keel, then after a few times when ive got about a foot of hanger left, i bend it in half and hook the end back on the keel. So the inches of the hanger thats bending out works as a supported and always has supported my dekes and stood them straight up. Never had a problem.
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Postby joel2362 » Sat Dec 15, 2007 4:23 am

thats a good idea :thumbsup: im gonna give it a try
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Postby extremehunter » Sun Jan 06, 2008 8:34 pm

this past fall i field hunted with duck and goose dekes both. all the ducks were floaters. i had about 2 1/2 doz. goose shells, 10 rags and 2 1/2-3 doz duck floats. also had 2 spinning wing dekes. the ducks that we called in decoyed great to the spread. i had all the dekes mixed in together. we were hunting on a corner of a corn field and harvested bean field. majority of the duck dekes were in the corn. so, in my opinion it works great. and i didn't even try to make them stand up right. we just threw them out and let them lie.
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Postby derbyhillsranch » Sun Jan 06, 2008 11:39 pm

lets just say 2 doz duck floaters + 2 mojos= 300+ mallards in yo face! -so yea, it'll work
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Postby duckcomanderJR. » Tue Jul 22, 2008 5:54 am

hey i use floater duck decoys in the field all the time and they work but.. i would sugest getting full body decoys only because the ducks can see them a lot better but if you cant get those just use the floaters. they do work. any other questions fell free to ask me
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