I need help--staking decoys in frozen ground

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I need help--staking decoys in frozen ground

Postby goosedowner » Thu Feb 09, 2006 9:45 am

I am going snow goose hunting this weekend and it is supposed to be real cold and there is snow on the ground and we are supposed to get more. What i need help with is how am i going to get the stakes for my decoys in the ground. :help:
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Postby spencerusmc » Thu Feb 09, 2006 9:50 am

Get heavy duty stakes and a hammer, what r your stakes made out of now??? as long as they are somewhat sharp and sturdy it shouldn't be a problem putting them in the ground
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Postby ACEBLDRS » Thu Feb 09, 2006 10:20 am

DEWALT. :yes: :yes:

Or get a bigger hammer.

Ahh what the heck do i know. I live in California, its probably going to be 75 today. :mrgreen:
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Postby Fowlercon » Thu Feb 09, 2006 12:24 pm

ACEBLDRS wrote:DEWALT. :yes: :yes:

Or get a bigger hammer.

Ahh what the heck do i know. I live in California, its probably going to be 75 today. :mrgreen:


Ace isnt too far off there..........take a cordless drill fitted with a bit the same size as your stakes about 8" long, drill your hole...TAADAAA!!! I've done it, it works. If your concerned about packability, dont be. If your willing to take a hammer you can jolly well take a drill.
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Postby goosedowner » Thu Feb 09, 2006 12:33 pm

Thanks for the help. Thats what i was thinking but you never know someone might know something you don't.
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Postby h2ofwlr » Thu Feb 09, 2006 6:46 pm

There are 6 options.

1st as mentioned, use cordless drills, they use the agressive auger style bit. Make sure you have extra batteries and that they are kept warm(not cold in the truck overnight).

Use a "puncher" Basically it is a 8" point with a flat horizontal piece that your foot goes onto to step down on, and there is a vertical metal that goes up about 8" and comes back together and goes upwards a ways and then Ts out for handles.

There is the "slammer" which is punch. You use special hardened steel for it, it is about 3' long and another hollow pipe goes over it and has the end welded with hardened steel. You lift up the outer sleeve and then slam it down on the steel punch so it drive the point into the soil.

And there is the old, find a small crack in the ground, this works well on small dia. stakes like 3/16" alum. wind sock stakes.



Then there is the full bodies--no need to stake them.

Or shells, just do not use the stake--but they just don't look right.
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