Made some field mallards.

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Made some field mallards.

Postby huntall6 » Fri Mar 25, 2011 1:00 am

i saw this idea here sometime last year and decided i would give it a try.
i started with flamaeu mallards that i got two dozen for $25. i cut the keels off, cut a 2" by 1" rectangle hole in it, drilled a hole in the top at the balance point, and attached some legs.
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these are the "motion" bases:
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they move pretty good in just a light breeze. i havent made the feet yet but when said and done, i have a total of $1.80 in each decoy!
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Re: Made some field mallards.

Postby Mallard Cutter » Fri Mar 25, 2011 1:11 am

By God that right there is a winner !!!!!!!!!! :thumbsup:
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Re: Made some field mallards.

Postby huntall6 » Fri Mar 25, 2011 1:23 am

thanks man! i am tryin to find the thread that i saw the plans but i dont think i posted on it so i probly wont be able to find it. :fingerhead:
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Postby Indaswamp » Fri Mar 25, 2011 2:08 am

huntall6 wrote:thanks man! i am tryin to find the thread that i saw the plans but i dont think i posted on it so i probly wont be able to find it. :fingerhead:

tenfingergrip posted that up a while back in the decoy forum...definitely one of the coolest ideas I've seen! I'll see if I can find the thread..
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Postby Indaswamp » Fri Mar 25, 2011 2:30 am

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Re: Made some field mallards.

Postby Botiz630 » Fri Mar 25, 2011 4:05 am

What did you use for a base? The same stuff tenfingergrip used in his how to?
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Postby don taylor » Fri Mar 25, 2011 4:46 am

I don't have a use for the 3 dozen featherlight DC ones I have, but if I was in need of some field mallards, I'd do that to the flambeau's I have. They'd get the job done, for sure. Very nice.
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Re: Made some field mallards.

Postby grizz18 » Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:08 am

Good work man. I love saving money, and at the same time accomplishing something cool/useful.
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Postby goodkarmarising » Fri Mar 25, 2011 7:28 am

Looking good...no need to buy those expensive fullbodies.
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Re: Made some field mallards.

Postby huntall6 » Fri Mar 25, 2011 10:30 am

Botiz630 wrote:What did you use for a base? The same stuff tenfingergrip used in his how to?


basically the same thing but, instead of political signs i had some 3/16" wire layin around the garage. and instead of welding the top tip on, i just used duct tape. now that i look back on it, i should have used florecent duct tape to help me see them better. as for the feet, i am still waiting for the jug of laundry detergent to run out :lol3: .

thanks for finding the link Swamp :thumbsup:
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Postby MallrdKillr » Fri Mar 25, 2011 2:39 pm

AMAZING post!! i love the idea and think dang i new buying some more floaters would be a good thing!! because i got way to many mallard floaters but now i have a great idea!! thanks man!!!!!
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Postby Coleman24 » Fri Mar 25, 2011 3:21 pm

Was looking for a few off season projects, definitely will be one. great post!!
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Re: Made some field mallards.

Postby huntall6 » Fri Mar 25, 2011 4:49 pm

thanks guys. i only have a couple of hours in labor as well. :thumbsup:
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Re: Made some field mallards.

Postby Botiz630 » Fri Mar 25, 2011 5:52 pm

Ah, I just now clicked on the link Swamp posted, it is definitely not the thread I remembered. I can't remember who it was, but someone did a how to on this same thing, and made a round base a lot like you did.

Let me see if I can find it, I have it bookmarked on my other computer but I won't be back to it until Sunday night.
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Postby flightstopper » Fri Mar 25, 2011 7:24 pm

Botiz630 wrote:Ah, I just now clicked on the link Swamp posted, it is definitely not the thread I remembered. I can't remember who it was, but someone did a how to on this same thing, and made a round base a lot like you did.

Let me see if I can find it, I have it bookmarked on my other computer but I won't be back to it until Sunday night.


This it tits? Seems like i might remember one more but not sure still looking
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Postby duckkillerclyde » Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:02 pm

did you make those stands or are they old hardcore stands?? they look good.
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Re: Made some field mallards.

Postby Botiz630 » Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:12 pm

flightstopper wrote:
Botiz630 wrote:Ah, I just now clicked on the link Swamp posted, it is definitely not the thread I remembered. I can't remember who it was, but someone did a how to on this same thing, and made a round base a lot like you did.

Let me see if I can find it, I have it bookmarked on my other computer but I won't be back to it until Sunday night.


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Did you mean to include a link in this post?
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Re: Made some field mallards.

Postby flightstopper » Fri Mar 25, 2011 9:01 pm

My bad screwed that one up...

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Re: Made some field mallards.

Postby huntall6 » Sat Mar 26, 2011 1:10 am

duckkillerclyde wrote:did you make those stands or are they old hardcore stands?? they look good.


those are hordcore stands, i just wrapped some duct tape around them about 2" down. i figure i can use them when i hunt ice, but i made the stands in the bottom pic for warmer weather and fields when i use the goose decoys too.
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Re: Made some field mallards.

Postby huntall6 » Sat Mar 26, 2011 1:36 am

Side note: i just added regular bailing wire to the inside of the air hose/legs. it allows you to bend them in which ever way you want. before they would curl from the line being wound up but, the wire fixed the issue.
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Postby Botiz630 » Sat Mar 26, 2011 5:34 am

flightstopper wrote:My bad screwed that one up...

viewtopic.php?f=15&t=141676

Yes! That's the one!
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Re: Made some field mallards.

Postby tenfingergrip » Sat Mar 26, 2011 6:18 am

Nice work, Huntall!

Glad I could share a little of my "piddling" with someone and have it put to use.!

I hunted over them this past season up in Saskatchewan and they worked perfectly. After I posted that thread back in April, last year, I made another dozen for a friend that lives in Thunder Bay and travels to the area where we hunt (we stay a month) and he stays the entire season (Sept thru Nov). He loved them and hunted 'em every day. Paint from those discontinued Mother Nature's has held up very well.

By the way, the full set of pics of the project is on photobucket. If some pics don't show on the main screen, you can just click on them and get a big pic:

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Re: Made some field mallards.

Postby lyrikz » Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:49 pm

huntall6 wrote:i saw this idea here sometime last year and decided i would give it a try.
i started with flamaeu mallards that i got two dozen for $25. i cut the keels off, cut a 2" by 1" rectangle hole in it, drilled a hole in the top at the balance point, and attached some legs.
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these are the "motion" bases:
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they move pretty good in just a light breeze. i havent made the feet yet but when said and done, i have a total of $1.80 in each decoy!



Anyone make something cheap that will work without making the floating ducks not float anymore???
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Re: Made some field mallards.

Postby goldfish » Tue Dec 11, 2012 1:44 pm

If you want to keep them floating, there are companies that make slide on "feet" for your floaters. Or you could adapt that concept and make something with wire coat hanger or any other wire that is strong enough. Bend a U to cradle the keel, turn it down, and stab into the ground or bend a base.
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