flightcancelled wrote:Obviously, you want to match the ducks you are seeing to those in your spread. Are you hunting further up the Pax or are you hunting big water farther downriver? Are you seeing puddlers, or divers? That will give you an indication of what type of dekes you want out in front of you.
Bay Bob wrote:I would not use mallards in an open water set up, they just do not have the visibility.
My favorite decoy is the old. swivel head, big eye, mallard size, Flambeau bufflehead. I have three dozen and wish I had ten !
I have had my best luck over the years (25 hunting the Patuxent) using bufflehead or bluebill decoys - - - the white shows up a long way off, and mallards come to them readily - - -
I would haunt e-bay for old Flambeaus with the big replaceable eye, the paint on these is stellar and I have some that are 30 years old - - -
My second choice would be the GHG Oversized Buffleheads - - - nothing shows as much white - - -
Bay Bob wrote:" see you are in Solomons. I am in Dunkirk. I will be hunting mostly public land because my farm is about a 1/4 mile off the river and dont usually see too many ducks up that way, although me and my dad did see two on Thanksgiving morning. Will be hunting out of Kings Landing public land and maybe the public land off of Ferry Landing Road, but I've heard that it is an absolute ***** to get to the blind at that site."
I would kill to have a farm 1/4 mile from the river - - -
If you would leave some standing corn and build a pond or an impoundment you would easily pull birds that 1/4 mile - - -
We leased a little pond for a while, left some standing corn and killed a lot of birds - - and we were a lot farther than a 1/4 mile from the Potomac.
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