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I was wondering how many decoys you guys run? I'm asking because I'm wondering how many decoys I should get. I'm planning on getting 3-4 dozen again x decoys next month. I normally hunt small ponds but do venture out onto the snake a few tikes a yr and have a few spots on the Columbia I used to hunt and will be going back. Thanks guys
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There is a thread just a couple below that really has some great info on it. I think everyone has their own preference. Small ponds you shouldn't really need that many, especially if you have to pack them a ways. That being said I love decoys so I own more than I will ever need haha.
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It really depends on the setting and time of year. There are times I will toss out a few dozen and there are other times where we have done really well over 6. Its more about being where the birds want to be and also adding motion to your spread. I would rather only have a few decoys that I can add motion to then 6 dozen that are stagnant of a still pond.
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I usually hunt over a couple dozen mallard decoys with a couple dozen canada decoys even on big water. And will adjust accordingly depending on location. I always have at least a half dozen Canada's with my duck spread regardless how small of a hole im hunting. They are highly visible from down low or up high and ducks seem to find safety in geese. You can also hear geese way further then you can hear ducks. My best duck decoy is goose decoys and my best long range duck call is my goose call. If they are looking for a place to sit down you just need to grab their attention. You can run a half dozen decoys if you are in the right spot. If you are running traffic you need to be seen and heard and hope they are interested enough to take a look. They won't come if they don't know your spread is there unless you are on the X.
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For Divers I hunt over 36 to 72 depending on where I hunt and what part of season it is. All on long lines by the way.
For ducks I often hunt over 12 to 24 decoys on larger water spots. Small water like a pond, 1 to 8 decoys.
If I am mixing geese in on non-goose days it will be no more than 6. If it is a goose day you might see 12 to 24 geese depending on what I am seeing in my area at the time.
Late in the season I dramatically reduce the number of decoys I use and do very well.
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