setting decoys for divers

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setting decoys for divers

Postby LBeinhaur » Sun Oct 04, 2009 5:07 am

I haven't hunted for divers out on the big lake yet and am wondering how you guys set your decoys.

I have some bluebill dekes and a ton of mallards, plus some black duck dekes. Do you use a gang rig or just throw them out individually? I have read about the gang rigs but am a little confused on how to set them.
Do you use a single anchor in fairly deep water or two and then hook deks up in a line or what.

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Re: setting decoys for divers

Postby ronvt » Sun Oct 04, 2009 1:41 pm

I try to hunt divers when the puddle ducks are gone. Some years they are here to the end. Usually, i am in deeper water off shore. Although we have hunted them a few feet from the shore where there are some points projecting into the lake. We always use a gang line with around 12 dekes per line. We usually set a minimum of 36 and sometimes more. We use two anchors at the end of each of the gangline. You can get away with one if you only use one line, but if the wind shifts and you have more, they can get tangled. Happy hunting!
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Re: setting decoys for divers

Postby magogwhacker » Tue Oct 06, 2009 6:50 am

If you hunt with a dog, make sure that the lines from each decoy t the mainline are long enough to get the mainline deep enough that the dog can swim over it. A dog tangled in cold water is an ugly thing....
What? There's open water? Its not cold enough.
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Re: setting decoys for divers

Postby drake1271 » Tue Oct 06, 2009 5:55 pm

I have a ton of goldeneye deeks and boat, if you know where there is some birds later on I will show you the ropes im about 2 hours away? I don't get many here but I would rather hunt divers than any other bird.
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Re: setting decoys for divers

Postby ronvt » Fri Oct 09, 2009 10:03 am

Good point about the dog. I put around 24'' of decoy rope on each decoy so the gangline will not get caught on the dogs legs.
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