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I also use window sash eights...in addition, I make my own 3 pounders, which work great for foamer dekes/Herters and even individually for large goose floaters (especially when ice and grasses come along with the dropping tides)

your concept is good, although I hunt from a boat for seaducks....collecting rocks seems like another chore to burn time (IMO), thanks for the tip though....thanks for sharing...you never know when in an emergency we need to fashion an anchor.

TIP: keep an onion sack in the cuddy box! They are very handy in a crunch!!!
 

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another option I have seen mentioned on other sites: 5 lb dumbells

I make three pounders out of mega sized muffin tins...really, get the largest aluminum tins at the market (BigLots has two tins of six muffins for a buck)....I get my lead from tweo sources....wheel weights and roofers. The wheel weights are not pure, but they are dense.....I melt the lead in a smelt pot I have (got it from Cabelas years ago for approx $35), 'skim off the paint and crud, and then pour six weights...I use heavy gauge wire from pants hangers for the loop (bent in on the ends to ensure it is secure) So, for a buck and a little time (about a half hour per six) I have anchors that will hold the heaviest goose decoy in tide and ice!!! They will also securely hold a string of foamers.
 

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those muffin tins are perfect...they peel away from the anchor with no effort, are cheap and disposable....I guess you could re-shape them for continued use, but they are so inexpensive, why bother...you do not need any grease or no-stick....that will only cause the lead to splatter
 

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Duckmann....I suppose they would work OK for awhile, but then I think they would tend to erode from the water exposure, bouncing around the boat etc. The lead that has become a toxicity issue is that ingested by fowl....a lead decoy weight sinking into the mud may have a long lasting effect, but would take a real long time to 'bleed' into the environment. Of course, I am no biological environmental scientist....just a common man's thought/logic.
 
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