Full Bodies in Water

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Full Bodies in Water

Postby Black Smoke » Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:31 am

What is everyone's take on getting extension stakes for your full bodies and mixing them in with your floaters?
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Re: Full Bodies in Water

Postby Rick Hall » Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:12 am

Great for geese, but I long ago quit bothering with it for ducks. That's not to say it's a bad idea, just that I've not seen real advantage to it.
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Re: Full Bodies in Water

Postby Trent_Rivers » Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:30 am

I read that doing this can give ducks the idea that the water near your spread is shallow. Shallow usually means food. And they have a much fuller presence than a floater. Couldn't hurt to bring a few along.


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Re: Full Bodies in Water

Postby BBK » Thu Oct 03, 2013 10:42 am

Seems like a heck of a hassle to me. The only time I could see that being useful is if you are hunting a flooded crop field. Otherwise, in a marsh, lake, or river ducks will swim in 4" of water. They typically don't stand in the water unless its an inch or so deep.

We use fullbodies on the sand bars were we hunt, then floaters in the water.
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Re: Full Bodies in Water

Postby callinfowl » Fri Oct 04, 2013 1:05 am

You can see FB decoys twice as far away as floaters.
So I'm guessing so can the ducks.
Giving the impression of ankle deep water is a good thing as well.
I helped a local guide set his rice spread.......100% fB's on stakes , he claimed he almost doubled his yearly take the years he used FB's on water.
A really cheap way of doing this is by using those cheap green hollow 4' garden stakes ...........that you can find in any hardware store. :yes:
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Re: Full Bodies in Water

Postby Black Smoke » Fri Oct 04, 2013 7:01 am

cheap green garden stakes? I'm trying to think of what you are talking about but nothing comes to mind. Btw thanks everyone for the responses. Callin Fowl can you explain just a little better thanks!
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Re: Full Bodies in Water

Postby Blackcloud870 » Fri Oct 04, 2013 7:25 am

Rick Hall wrote:I long ago quit bothering with it for ducks. That's not to say it's a bad idea, just that I've not seen real advantage to it.

Interesting Rick, I've found the exact opposite to be true for the ducks in my neck of the woods. Especially if there is a wayward log that I can place 2 or 3 on. The ducks really key in on them from a distance and set rather nicely by them as well :thumbsup:
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Re: Full Bodies in Water

Postby callinfowl » Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:38 pm

Black Smoke wrote:cheap green garden stakes? I'm trying to think of what you are talking about but nothing comes to mind. Btw thanks everyone for the responses. Callin Fowl can you explain just a little better thanks!


Here is a link...........they are hollow so the field stakes will fit right into them.
Wrap a little electrical tape around them if it's windy so they won't spin like a top.
http://www.lowes.com/pd_93169-16418-831 ... facetInfo=
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Re: Full Bodies in Water

Postby Rick Hall » Sat Oct 05, 2013 8:22 am

Blackcloud870 wrote:
Rick Hall wrote:I long ago quit bothering with it for ducks. That's not to say it's a bad idea, just that I've not seen real advantage to it.

Interesting Rick, I've found the exact opposite to be true for the ducks in my neck of the woods. Especially if there is a wayward log that I can place 2 or 3 on. The ducks really key in on them from a distance and set rather nicely by them as well :thumbsup:


I've probably a dozen or so GHG FB mallards, with and without movement stands/stakes, feeding and resting, that I've used both in rice and the marsh, and they've been resting at the house the past few seasons. Seemed to me I was waaay ahead replacing them with geese. Perhaps if my situations were different that observation might be, as well.
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Re: Full Bodies in Water

Postby muskyduck » Sun Oct 06, 2013 4:16 pm

....Are awesome! 4 ft. fiberglass driveway markers. Sorry for the poor pick. I have enough for a dozen geese and two dozen mallard shells/full-bodies.
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Re: Full Bodies in Water

Postby Black Smoke » Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:18 am

Thanks callinfowl I will check them out!
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Re: Full Bodies in Water

Postby sehunter1 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:08 pm

Blackcloud870 wrote:
Rick Hall wrote:I long ago quit bothering with it for ducks. That's not to say it's a bad idea, just that I've not seen real advantage to it.

Interesting Rick, I've found the exact opposite to be true for the ducks in my neck of the woods. Especially if there is a wayward log that I can place 2 or 3 on. The ducks really key in on them from a distance and set rather nicely by them as well :thumbsup:


:clapping: The log idea works excellent! I made my own "log" and keep it in the boat. Its a 10 foot 2x10, wrapped in burlap, spraypainted flat brown and gray mixed, and i threw splatters of mud on for good measure. Drilled a hole in each in and tied a weight with a depth adjuster to it. I put 6 or so sleepers on it and the ducks seem so much less cautious. Not to say I havent had bad days with it out, I have....but they tend to circle alot less and commit quicker when they see it.
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Re: Full Bodies in Water

Postby muskyduck » Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:47 pm

BBK wrote:Seems like a heck of a hassle to me. The only time I could see that being useful is if you are hunting a flooded crop field. Otherwise, in a marsh, lake, or river ducks will swim in 4" of water. They typically don't stand in the water unless its an inch or so deep.

We use fullbodies on the sand bars were we hunt, then floaters in the water.



This is why you give the deception. Works unbelieveable in marshes and rivers. That's not saying you don't have to set your spread to make it still appear natural. They also stand out from a lot further away than floaters. It sounds silly as well, but take a few tops of corn stalks and attach them to 6 or so stakes. Add them around the decoys like grass clumps coming out of the water. Foliage is a decoy too. :thumbsup: Where ever you want the ducks to land, you put the full-bodies :wink:
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