Decoy Bag Vs. Decoy Sled

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Decoy Bag Vs. Decoy Sled

Postby Lcso61 » Thu Nov 01, 2012 9:48 pm

I currently have a small decoy bag, holds less than two dozen. It holds the amount of duck decoys I currently use but leaves no room for anything extra. I am debating between getting a larger decoy bag or spending a little extra for a decoy sled and use it in conjunction with my current bag. I am not sure on the durability of the sleds since I would be using it mainly, but not exclusively, on level hard surfaces to and from my blinds such as across a field or down old logging or tractor paths. I really like the idea of dragging a sled opposed to piling more on my back but also wonder how easy it would be to pull since it appears to be designed for muddy/snowy areas. I also considered a wheeled game cart but I would think the wheels would greatly reduce its usefulness in a lot of areas. And ideas or suggestions? I am new to this and quickly learning how expensive it can get so I am trying to reduce costs by only buying something once instead of multiple items until I find one I like.
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Re: Decoy Bag Vs. Decoy Sled

Postby vertical_edge_800 » Thu Nov 01, 2012 9:53 pm

Depends how far you gotta walk... if your hiking in swamp and the sled floats then it isnt so bad..
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Re: Decoy Bag Vs. Decoy Sled

Postby 707tothe907 » Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:16 pm

I'm using a sled for the first time this season. My reasoning behind it is I can bring out twice as much gear. It's awesome going through water, since it is holding the 50-75lbs of gear that is normally straddled all over my body... Which gives you much better ability to not fall in and get soaked. It also pulls great down gravel/muddy roads and even asphalt... It's very durable. The only thing that it sucks to drag in is grass... Especially tall grass/pickleweed. At that point i try to tell myself I'm not duck hunting, I'm just getting a great workout.
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Re: Decoy Bag Vs. Decoy Sled

Postby PowDuck » Fri Nov 02, 2012 6:37 am

The sleds are really great for carrying gear and getting it off your back. They pull fairly easily and float well. I prefer only to pull one in shallow water (they're not a boat) and short grass for dry land.

Here's the thing though, IMHO the larger your container the more you'll carry. I mean, face it, if I get a bigger blind bag I'm going to fill it up and wonder why I didn't buy one size larger. I do have a sled and use it some. Not often but some. It's indispensable when you need it.
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Re: Decoy Bag Vs. Decoy Sled

Postby Takeem406 » Fri Nov 02, 2012 7:59 am

Out here all the farmers let you on but you have to walk in.

We put the dekes in bags then the bags on a big ice fishing sled. Probably going to get another sled actually this year.

The first year I field hunted I didn't have a sled. One cold morning my buddy and I shot our first double limit of eight geese total.... Luckily we had a tarp with us we rigged into a sled on the way out of the field.

Also use a game cart on dry ground.
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Re: Decoy Bag Vs. Decoy Sled

Postby delisle » Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:15 pm

Sled all the way. I am using one this year, I use it over ground, mud, and water. My average trek is about 300 yards one way, the sled plus a cart is the real winner. Also what helped tremdously was reducing our gear load out to one trip.
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Re: Decoy Bag Vs. Decoy Sled

Postby LanceM » Sun Nov 18, 2012 3:55 pm

Sled. Just started using them this year and they are awesome. Had been hunting with about a half mile walk in and couldn't have done it without the sleds. They really suck if you have to pull them through mud though. But they make up for it when you pull them through water. That being said, this is in Nebraska... If I was back home in Missouri, I'd probably go for bags because of the hills, hollers, bluffs, rocks, etc.
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