Lettin em touch?

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Lettin em touch?

Postby chrispbrown27 » Sun Aug 21, 2005 9:51 am

When I got into this God awful addictive sport I was always told never to let the decoys touch. So I still to this day am anal about placing the decoys far enough apart so as to not allow them to knock together. But I have hunted with others spreads and watched vidoes and it doesn't seem to matter. What do ya'll think?
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Postby ks_waterfowler » Sun Aug 21, 2005 10:44 am

they can make alot of noise and get beat up on a windy day touching.
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Postby texasduckblaster » Sun Aug 21, 2005 12:09 pm

ks_waterfowler wrote:they can make alot of noise and get beat up on a windy day touching.

that and when ducks are bunched up together it means there nervous and getting ready to take off.
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Postby doane25 » Sun Aug 21, 2005 4:04 pm

it all depends. if the weather is bitter and cold, the birds will be sitting alot tighter. the same thing goes for birds if they just land. but i agree with the noise factor
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Postby Ducksbeus » Sun Aug 21, 2005 5:26 pm

I keep em atleast a foot or three apart :yes: :yes: :yes:
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Postby Quackcephus » Sun Aug 21, 2005 6:27 pm

I don't want to hear 'em clangin' & bangin' into one another :yes:
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Postby Cobra » Sun Aug 21, 2005 8:48 pm

Puddlers - Always liked groups of 3-4, 2 or 3 feet apart with these spaced 10 - 15 feet with one between them, usualy a big fat lonely hen. Works with 1 dz or as many as need to be put out. Bumping is a PIA, not natural except in city parks and really don't need to mention the tangled lines in moderately deep water when the wind changes directions or picks up suddenly.
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Postby duckhunter25 » Thu Sep 22, 2005 4:21 pm

Im with ya on that eh. I like tight groups but the closest i let mine get is about 6 inches from bill to tail feathers. And thats usually in a pair swiming in or loafing out by themselves.
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Postby duckman1106 » Sun Sep 25, 2005 12:23 am

Don't worry about it so much. Ever seen ducks sitting together, or for that matter feeding? They actually climb over top of one another sometimes if they are in a big feeding frenzy. As a general rule, they will sit tighter when it is cold, but if you just stand there and throw 'em out, it will be more natural than if you try to place each decoy a certain distance apart. The only time it matters is if they are knocking and making thumping sounds.
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Postby SwampHunter » Sun Sep 25, 2005 11:53 am

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Postby JPS » Thu Nov 03, 2005 11:24 am

Space between living birds means a lot. They have a personal safety distance, if they come closer it signalizes something, eg courtship, aggression or fear.

Decoys placed with unnatural spaces, appear unnatural.
My decoys never, ever touch, and are placed at least 2 feet apart.
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Postby Gooseboy » Sat Nov 05, 2005 4:07 pm

We keep them at least 2 feet apart.
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Postby kiwismakebetterhunters » Sat Nov 05, 2005 4:23 pm

It doesnt matter if youve got the odd pair touching. Its when they are all bunched up together unnaturally that signifies danger.
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