... I'm moving to Kingston, ON later this summer. I'm fighting to bring both boats, as I'm hoping to hunt puddlers and divers. I'm also going to try to build a layout boat, but not sure that this will happen this year.
I'm about 1/4 of the way through the process of making about 265 burlap-over-foam dekes. For divers, I was making cans (20), bluebill (50), ringers (30), and redheads (50). Puddlers include blue and greenwing teal (40), black ducks (15), pintail (25), gadwall (15), woodies (10), and black-bellied whistling ducks (10). Obviously I can do without the whistlers, but I may gift these to the guys who have helped me out in FL over the years. I also own about 30 ringers, 6 bluebill, 12 black ducks (really mottled ducks), 12 BWT, 12 widgeon.
Would you make any changes to the collection? The foamers are still at the stage where I can change some species. Maybe add some oldsquaw, goldeneyes, buffleheads, mallards, others? How many of each and what would you do without? Thanks for the advice. After making all these dekes, the hope is I won't need to buy any more
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