i have to agree 100% with oldman on everything he said I do the same thing he does only i never start till dec. when its good and cold. colder the better. that right there gets rid of half of the skybuster. i dont hunt weekends. just a few hours at a time and never never hunt the x. always off to the side. one tactic i have tried that might help as far as when you said the would not decoy to you. i have found that at some point the season the birds dislike my decoys. full bodys, floater, shells doesnt mater. i can not explain why but they dont like the decoys no matter how what type i try or pattern. when this happens i set the decoys were i dont want the birds to be and simply he away from them, generally were the wind will take them once the flare. even when i use this tactic, it goes back to what the oldman said pass on big flocks get your birds killed and get out.