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Re: Dakota Decoys

Postby ByersFarm » Wed Oct 16, 2013 3:02 pm

We got our new pintails in. I wasn't sure about the color based on pictures I've seen online, but they look really good in person.
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Re: Dakota Decoys

Postby TheConservationOfficer » Fri Oct 18, 2013 6:58 am

Are Dakota's as good as everyone says they are?
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Re: Dakota Decoys

Postby Westtennduckhunter » Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:05 am

TheConservationOfficer wrote:Are Dakota's as good as everyone says they are?


They look amazing.
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Re: Dakota Decoys

Postby ByersFarm » Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:15 am

TheConservationOfficer wrote:Are Dakota's as good as everyone says they are?

I really can't speak to their quality in the field yet, but I can say that they look great. They seem very well made, and well thought out as far as the keel design and anchor points.
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Re: Dakota Decoys

Postby TheConservationOfficer » Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:41 am

In your opinion, are they worth the high price?
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Re: Dakota Decoys

Postby Westtennduckhunter » Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:22 am

TheConservationOfficer wrote:In your opinion, are they worth the high price?


I think that just depends if you're able to spend that money. Their quality is very good. I can't speak for the longevity of them as I've only had mine for a season.
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Re: Dakota Decoys

Postby TheConservationOfficer » Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:39 am

I might pick up some canada floaters and some snow goose floaters. Are they worth picking up? Would they help boost the realisim of my spread?
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Re: Dakota Decoys

Postby Westtennduckhunter » Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:43 am

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Re: Dakota Decoys

Postby ByersFarm » Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:58 am

I think westie got it right. Only you can decide if they're worth it. I think they may be the most realistic decoy on the market. Is the paint, flocking, and nearly endless varieties of head position necessary? Maybe not, but if we all weren't interested in a competitive advantage then we would all still be mouth calling while wearing red plaid.
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Re: Dakota Decoys

Postby TheConservationOfficer » Fri Oct 18, 2013 2:55 pm

Thanks for the imput! :smile:
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Re: Dakota Decoys

Postby beretta24 » Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:00 pm

I haven't been overly impressed with the paint durability on dakota mallards. My dekes rub in the bag but I don't throw them in a boat, and never throw anchors around the neck. I have seen a lot of wear on the head and bills.
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Re: Dakota Decoys

Postby ByersFarm » Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:16 pm

That's discouraging to hear. Have you contacted them about it?
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Re: Dakota Decoys

Postby BuckCreek » Sat Oct 19, 2013 1:08 am

I bought dakotas because not matter where I'm hunting I can guarantee that the person next to me will not have a better looking spread unless they were all stuffers (highly unlikely). Does the dakotas kill more than G&H maybe but maybe not but at the end of the day I know I've done my best in the decoy department. Once less thing to worry about.
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Re: Dakota Decoys

Postby beretta24 » Sat Oct 19, 2013 2:35 am

ByersFarm wrote:That's discouraging to hear. Have you contacted them about it?

No, I pretty much am considering it to be normal wear. Outside of the mold material being colored I am not sure you will get much better. I really only posted because I don't think there is anything special about their paint compared to Greenhead gear or some of the other brands.
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Re: Dakota Decoys

Postby Tipsntails7 » Sat Oct 19, 2013 5:34 pm

I've run 2 dozen Dakotas for 2 years and the only sign of wear I seeks on the heads.. And they are replaceable so the point is moot. The bodies are incredibly durable. I've had stormfronts, GHG and some older higdons. These have greatly exceded all those decoys, they have never been bagged and are not treated with kid gloves. Not only do they look so much better, but the body posture and the way they ride are far superior. I cannot wait to get a dozen of the pinnies. Byers in my opinion you have the best desks on the market, are they necessary to kill ducks? No. Will you kill more ducks because of them? Probably but who knows. But I guarantee that ducks will never flair because of your blocks again. Good luck this year.
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Re: Dakota Decoys

Postby shawn_c992001 » Mon Oct 28, 2013 12:58 am

I have a dozen that I bought second hand a couple years ago and have used them ever since. Busted the bottom on a high head hen and lost a drake. Flocking on the heads is starting to lighten but that is my fault for leaving them in the sun. All in all a great decoy! Wanting another dozen some time this year. These decoys seem to move better than other brands of decoys too.
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Re: Dakota Decoys

Postby beretta24 » Mon Oct 28, 2013 6:11 am

shawn_c992001 wrote:I have a dozen that I bought second hand a couple years ago and have used them ever since. Busted the bottom on a high head hen and lost a drake. Flocking on the heads is starting to lighten but that is my fault for leaving them in the sun. All in all a great decoy! Wanting another dozen some time this year. These decoys seem to move better than other brands of decoys too.


Had to bottom break out of one of my hens too, but so far I have myself convinced it was due to water freezing inside of it after someone decided to shoot a duck in the middle of my decoys.
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