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diver spreads

Postby duckslayer72 » Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:35 pm

how many decoys do you need for a diver spread. I hunt southern md . we mostly see bluebills, buffleheads, canvasbacks, the occasional merganser, and mallards. just started getting into diver hunting.
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Re: diver spreads

Postby Tealer » Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:25 pm

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Re: diver spreads

Postby ScaupHunter » Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:00 pm

I ran 3 to 4 longlines with 8 birds per line most of the season and hammered the birds. I had one day where I drug a single longline out by hand at low tide and pulled it with the boat a couple hours later after we shot a couple limits of birds. 8 decoys worked great that day.

I know Tealer was using a lot less decoys than I was this season. He hammered the divers.
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Re: diver spreads

Postby Tealer » Thu Mar 21, 2013 4:03 pm

I can run 150 if I set them all. However most of the time I run one line or two. 12 to a line. My best hunt the last day of the season I used 4 decoys.
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Re: diver spreads

Postby bluesclues » Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:30 am

Over the last couple seasons I have had good success running 3 strings of 10 decoys with 3-4 singles near the blind.
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Re: diver spreads

Postby ohioboy » Sat Mar 23, 2013 1:21 am

I agree with 4.
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Re: diver spreads

Postby Frank Lopez » Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:07 am

You need to take notice of what the birds in your area are doing. Sometimes they like huge spreads. Other times they'll toll to half dozen blocks. We've had broadbill come in to half dozen decoys at times like flies to honey. Other times we couldn't get them to give us a second look with 4 dozen blocks.

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Re: diver spreads

Postby don novicki » Wed Mar 27, 2013 1:59 pm

Four dzn. G&H super mag BB's seem to work awfully well from the layout............. :thumbsup:
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Re: diver spreads

Postby boney fingers » Thu Mar 28, 2013 6:46 pm

duckslayer72 wrote:how many decoys do you need for a diver spread. I hunt southern md . we mostly see bluebills, buffleheads, canvasbacks, the occasional merganser, and mallards. just started getting into diver hunting.



As many as the wife will let you buy.
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Re: diver spreads

Postby ohioboy » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:36 pm

boney fingers wrote:
duckslayer72 wrote:how many decoys do you need for a diver spread. I hunt southern md . we mostly see bluebills, buffleheads, canvasbacks, the occasional merganser, and mallards. just started getting into diver hunting.



As many as the wife will let you buy.


This.


Forget my post. I have way more. :beer:
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Re: diver spreads

Postby loon » Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:48 am

I think as many as you can put out the more the better pretty much all the time for divers. There is a small lake I hunt in Northern Wisconsin and a group of us go out and put out 150 decoys. We used to put out a couple dozen and did okay once we switched to the big spread it is absolutely amazing all the ducks that see the spread commit. Nobody else I know that hunts the small lakes up there bothers to put that many decoys out but again it's been absolutely amazing once we started to do that
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Re: diver spreads

Postby Justin Weber » Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:11 pm

I am gonna be getting my rig up to around 300 or so decoys. 200 of those being divers. I hunt shorelines dont pive near a lake where open water hunting is allowed. You need to grab their attention though. If your on a spot they use a lot a couple dozen is fine.
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Re: diver spreads

Postby Rick.B » Thu Sep 04, 2014 7:02 pm

When you guys run 3-4 lines, do you mix the species on the lines? Or do you run 3 lines with one species on each?

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Re: diver spreads

Postby ohioboy » Sun Sep 07, 2014 5:59 am

Rick.B wrote:When you guys run 3-4 lines, do you mix the species on the lines? Or do you run 3 lines with one species on each?

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do not mix
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Re: diver spreads

Postby jehler » Sun Sep 07, 2014 9:46 am

ohioboy wrote:
Rick.B wrote:When you guys run 3-4 lines, do you mix the species on the lines? Or do you run 3 lines with one species on each?

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do not mix

Mix
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Re: diver spreads

Postby Rick.B » Sun Sep 07, 2014 6:02 pm

jehler wrote:
ohioboy wrote:
Rick.B wrote:When you guys run 3-4 lines, do you mix the species on the lines? Or do you run 3 lines with one species on each?

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do not mix

Mix


Are there certain species you put on the same line? like cans and redheads together, etc?
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Re: diver spreads

Postby GoosinNoVa » Sun Sep 07, 2014 6:56 pm

I hunt lower md area as well, my best results is when I run around 8 dozen decoys. Birds around where i hunt stay in large rafts and simulating that is what works for me.
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Re: diver spreads

Postby jehler » Sun Sep 07, 2014 7:15 pm

Bills, redheads and ringnecks all get mixed.
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Re: diver spreads

Postby jehler » Sun Sep 07, 2014 7:16 pm

I don't shoot many cans
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Re: diver spreads

Postby jehler » Sun Sep 07, 2014 7:16 pm

Buffies and eyes get their own lines
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Re: diver spreads

Postby jehler » Sun Sep 07, 2014 7:16 pm

Don't mix sea ducks either
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Re: diver spreads

Postby ohioboy » Mon Sep 08, 2014 6:14 pm

jehler wrote:Don't mix sea ducks either

so you do mix when you dont. all clear.
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Re: diver spreads

Postby jehler » Mon Sep 08, 2014 7:28 pm

ohioboy wrote:
jehler wrote:Don't mix sea ducks either

so you do mix when you dont. all clear.

Get on my level boy
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Re: diver spreads

Postby Rendy » Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:51 pm

Where I hunt, its all individually rigged dekes. When they are in lines they don't look like a natural raft of birds and in areas where lines are used a lot the birds can get educated. Individual dekes can be set out to look just like a raft with a pocket. Little more time consuming but it looks natural.
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Re: diver spreads

Postby ohioboy » Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:00 pm

jehler wrote:
ohioboy wrote:
jehler wrote:Don't mix sea ducks either

so you do mix when you dont. all clear.

Get on my level boy

not sure if i can go that low. and yes i do think you are one of my elders.

thanks for the talk pops.
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