diver spreads

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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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