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decoy spread

Postby skimerhorn » Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:40 am

I'm trying to get enough decoys to make a spread. I'm still getting into the sport, one of the last things I need are decoys. So much to choose from I'm not sure what to get. I saw a 18 pack at bass pro that had 2 magnum mallards 6 regular mallards, 2 woodies, 2 pintail, 2 surgeon,4 teal is this a decent set? I'm gonna be doin all puddle duck huntin. Should I just get mallards and a few teal and woodies? Just not quite sure. Also is it worth it to get a mojo? Once I get a basic idea of what I should start out with, then I can start looking at spreads. I've read that you need motion to make it look real. Will a mojo work for that, or do they mean motion on the water like a jerk string or something? I'm sure these are dumb questions, but I'm just tryin to learn.
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Re: decoy spread

Postby old1neck » Wed Oct 16, 2013 11:30 am

All I use is a dozen good quality mallard decoys and yes you should use some sort of motion.
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Re: decoy spread

Postby gooosehunter » Wed Oct 16, 2013 11:44 am

Depending on where you are hunting, that could be a good spread. Most of us who have been hunting for years have hundreds of decoys for every situation and probably too many (Just dont tell my wife). I always say match the hatch. A fly fishing term meaning match what you have been seeing while scouting as related to duck hunting. If you are on a small pond, only a few. If hunting the marsh on a larger section of water, you may need a few more and add some geese too. Add decoys each year as you learn what is in your area. Ringneck (Divers) do hit small ponds. If you are seeing them, put out a few to draw them in range.

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Re: decoy spread

Postby skimerhorn » Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:11 pm

If I threw in some ringnecks or something like that to increase a spread, would it keep mallards or other puddle ducks from wanting to come in?
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Re: decoy spread

Postby gooosehunter » Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:15 pm

not at all
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Re: decoy spread

Postby skimerhorn » Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:22 pm

I've heard of putting decoys in a j or w shape to leave gaps for ducks to land in, is this sorta right or is there another way?
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Re: decoy spread

Postby gooosehunter » Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:43 pm

again, it depends on where you are hunting. So, where are you hunting? Small pond...scattered about. Deepwater blind in the middle of the bay, j-hook (divers) or horseshoe pattern with 4 dozen geese up wind and puddle ducks on the backside.

There are many book on the market for decoy placement. Also visit the Ducks Unlimited site for more details.
http://www.ducks.org/hunting/decoys/cre ... ies-spread
http://www.ducks.org/hunting/decoys/fiv ... -unlimited
http://www.ducks.org/hunting/decoys/

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Re: decoy spread

Postby skimerhorn » Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:57 pm

I'm hunting in beaver ponds, and swampy standing timber is the best way to describe it.
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Re: decoy spread

Postby gooosehunter » Wed Oct 16, 2013 1:07 pm

Mallard and woodduck decoys. scattered. Later in the season pair them up (drake and hen)
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Re: decoy spread

Postby fowl mouth » Wed Oct 16, 2013 1:10 pm

a jerk string on a couple of the coys will work wonders
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Re: decoy spread

Postby G3duck » Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:12 am

Unless you enjoy repainting decoys, stay away from the Bass Pro stuff. Same with Storm Front.
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Re: decoy spread

Postby skimerhorn » Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:22 am

What's the best way to rig them up?
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Re: decoy spread

Postby Have Gun Will Travel » Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:10 am

On timber or smaller bodies of water put the decoys where you dont want them to land. As long as they are visible to the flying birds dont worry about a pattern. Just leave a hole where they can easily land and you can shoot.
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Re: decoy spread

Postby kahunna » Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:34 am

I tend to use the cutting edge same-sex couple approach to pairs of decoys, especially those cute little teal and dapper male wood ducks!
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Re: decoy spread

Postby fowl mouth » Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:33 am

kahunna wrote:I tend to use the cutting edge same-sex couple approach to pairs of decoys, especially those cute little teal and dapper male wood ducks!


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Re: decoy spread

Postby lbhansford » Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:30 am

kahunna wrote:I tend to use the cutting edge same-sex couple approach to pairs of decoys, especially those cute little teal and dapper male wood ducks!



Hey mods can we get this moved to the California State Forum please....
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Re: decoy spread

Postby gooosehunter » Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:53 am

best two post of the day! :lol:

I use some 1970's decoys (think disco duck). Sideburns, bell bottoms, roller skates and ducks piled on top of each other in a drug crazed bird orgy
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Re: decoy spread

Postby Have Gun Will Travel » Fri Oct 18, 2013 1:21 pm

kahunna wrote:I tend to use the cutting edge same-sex couple approach to pairs of decoys, especially those cute little teal and dapper male wood ducks!


I know I carve decoys and all but please dont send me anymore pics of your blocks. :lol3:
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Re: decoy spread

Postby lbhansford » Fri Oct 18, 2013 1:51 pm

Have Gun Will Travel wrote:
kahunna wrote:I tend to use the cutting edge same-sex couple approach to pairs of decoys, especially those cute little teal and dapper male wood ducks!


I know I carve decoys and all but please dont send me anymore pics of your blocks. :lol3:


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Re: decoy spread

Postby gooosehunter » Fri Oct 18, 2013 2:15 pm

I have a dozen of those from Bass Pro with the "flocked" heads. :lol:
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Re: decoy spread

Postby Minneguy » Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:33 pm

I have two dozen hand me down duck decoys I've hunted over since I was so little I couldn't even shoot. Still work for me. Nothing fancy, just your typical flambeaus. I'd like a mojo or two but I don't wanna fork out the money just yet


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