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So i have hunted bay systems and salt marshes all my life and everything i have learned from hunting that stuff is big water=big decoy spread. I have never lake hunted so im giving it a shot this weekend, i would think the same rule would apply? Big water=big spread? Im thinking 4-5 dozen.
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I agree with that theory.... Others may not but IMO 4-5 dozen shouldn't be overkill. Opening day we hunted a shallow flat on an open lake and we run 7 dozen decoys with 2 jerk cords. Then again we were seeing near 1000 or more birds feeding in this area so I felt a big spread was the right move. If I'm seeing smaller numbers of birds I will downsize the spread... Just my thoughts, I'm sure others will agree and more will disagree lol
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I think that general rule works for most setups... Though I have had days when the birds wouldn't commit to a big spread, at which I'll downsize to 12-20 decoys and 3 of them on a jerk cord.
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