Magnum vs standard decoys

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Magnum vs standard decoys

Postby Cul D' Canard » Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:51 am

Is there any real advantage to magnum-sized decoys? This late in the season I alway have trouble getting mallards to decoy on public land, and a friend said to buy a dozen magnum decoys and add them to my spread. Is it worth the money?

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Re: Magnum vs standard decoys

Postby imboray » Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:51 pm

I like bigger dekes because they are more visable. That being said, I am not sure what your buddy was basing the idea on though, its typically harder to finish late season birds so I don't know why mags would make a difference. Try a jerk string or add some canada floaters to your spread, & most of all make sure you are hid & lay off the calling.
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Re: Magnum vs standard decoys

Postby sloth » Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:16 pm

a smaller spred with more hens helps this time of year to IMO. Drakes are looking to pair up with all the single ladies. if you watch the birds around you will see some hen/drake pairs alredy and they will not like large flocks. just my 2 cents.
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Re: Magnum vs standard decoys

Postby Frank Lopez » Fri Jan 25, 2013 10:36 am

There are times when magnums are beneficial and there are times when standards are a better choice. For example, when the birds are working to smaller spreads, magnums are good in that they are visible from a longer distance. But on those occasions (this morning was one here) when the birds are congregating in larger groups, standard sized blocks are a better choice simply because you can carry more of them. This is particularly true of walk in hunts, but it also applies to boats, to an extent.

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Re: Magnum vs standard decoys

Postby Cul D' Canard » Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:19 pm

Good advice ... yes, I have to pack gear into the river about a 1/4 mile, and the mallards here are in large flocks this time of the year: I think I will stick with the standards. Too bad the season closes this weekend here. Much obliged.
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