Mark, it depends on the decoy, I had cheap carrylites that just had little holes, I actually filled them with sand, and hot glued them. If they leak a tad of water its no big deal. If they are the new flammys that are just a pip you would have to probably find another way. silicone or hotglue will usually do the trick though..
If hunting deep water use weighted keel. if your going hunt pot hole and have to carry decks use water keel. i have use both for year depends on situation. the hot glue gun is the best way to go if capping of keels you don't have to wait very long for it to dry and is not messy. hot glue is a great way to patch shot hole in deck also just drain the decoy and cover hole with glue. " take a kid hunting you'll never regret it" :thumbsup:
Another thing about water keels is that they aren't very good in the wind. I figured this out a few weeks ago. If a strong gust of wind comes along and catches the decoy just right it will flip it over out of the water. This happened about 3 or 4 times. So for the windy, rough waters stick with weighted keel. And for small protected waters, use water keel because they won't weigh you down as much if you have to walk in.
The wind definitely is terrible on water keels. I was using a friends dekes and I put out a couple dozen weighted mallards and a dozen pintails with water weighted keels. When it got light out I saw six or so pintails on their sides, while all the weighted keels were sittin pretty.
I think that weighted keels are better all around decoys. If you already own some water keel, then do like everyone else (including me) and fill them or do like I did and drill small holes in the keel and attach heavy lead fishing weights. Hey, it sounds pretty ******* but it works like a charm.
I also put some BIG snap swivels so I can take the weights off if I need to.
I turned all my decoys into water keels. Makes them much much lighter when you have the mile and a half walk in. Wighted keels are useful, and if I hunted out of a boat and weight wasn't an issue then I would have them. FOr me I would rather take it easy on the walk in and just walk around in the 10 yard circle the decoys are in to flip a few back over. Never had them roll over like some talk about and we get alot of wind in Kansas. Everyone has a reason to like every one. Its just kinda up to you.
I like weighted keel, because I can simply throw them out, and the ride the wind better. I've had water feel duck decoys flip, but I have had water keel goose floaters layup on their sides in high wind.
It kind of depends on what type of hunting I am doing, If I am using a boat I usually take weighted keels but if i have to hike in to the spot I will only take water keels due to the weight difference. But still packing 6 dozen water keels is alot to pack between 2 people.
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