What's the best decoy set up for open water?

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What's the best decoy set up for open water?

Postby Td2466 » Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:56 pm

I've done some scouting and came up with three very promising spots for next season. All spots are open water.

The first spot is on a fairly large lake and it is located in a medium sized cove.
The second spot is across the street from the first spot and is a decent sized pond mixed with some swampy marshy areas.
The third spot is on a pond that is half open water and half swampy marsh with a highway about 300ft away.

What kind of decoy setup would work best?
Would the same decoy setup work for each location or should I switch it up?
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Re: What's the best decoy set up for open water?

Postby slaysession » Fri Jan 31, 2014 11:18 am

When we hunt big lakes and stuff like that it's really a play and go put the best spread you can out and read the birds and reposition decoys according to the birds. There's no one set up that works just read the birds. They will tell you if you have the right set up that day!


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Re: What's the best decoy set up for open water?

Postby Hbnel5on » Fri Jan 31, 2014 12:32 pm

Put what you see. Most of
The time ducks are just a massive wad.. That's why I like to use a crosswind and you can put a wad of decoys to one side of you, maybe with a slight tail on top to help them land close, but that way it looks normal and positions the birds where you want them to. Not to mention a cross wind keeps the ducks looking at the decoys when you're off to the side so less likely that there's gonna be birds flaring. Just make it as natural as you can


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Re: What's the best decoy set up for open water?

Postby aunt betty » Mon Feb 24, 2014 8:09 am

Cover the entire lake in decoys that are tightly packed together.
The idea is to cover every square inch of water except where you want ducks to land.
It may take thousands, millions, or billions of decoys but will work.
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Re: What's the best decoy set up for open water?

Postby aunt betty » Mon Feb 24, 2014 8:11 am

Like this.
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Re: What's the best decoy set up for open water?

Postby brian tierno » Mon Feb 24, 2014 8:41 am

the secret is out!!!!
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Re: What's the best decoy set up for open water?

Postby neon58 » Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:21 pm

Aunt Betty's spread is the exact opposite of what i mainly see on the public grounds I hunt. Most of them choose to cover all water within shotgun range and then complain cuz the ducks work by JUST OUT OF RANGE. :fingerhead: year in and year out some of the same guys!
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Re: What's the best decoy set up for open water?

Postby Mike657 » Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:10 pm

When I hunt land like that I like to use 14 canada geese, 8 mallards, and 4 ringnecks and maybe a golden eye or two in the late season. Most of my ducks land with the geese. In my area canadas are very prevalent. This year we harvested more geese than ducks. That is why I use so many goose decoys.Take a good look and see what is out on your lake then you can create a spread according what is by you. That will probably work the best. :thumbsup: Good luck in the field-mike
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