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I thought about this and picked the shape but would have picked other if it had been there.

I hunt a lot of small lakes and ponds and most are pack ins so normally around a dozen goose or duck deks is all I take in. Being that they are small ponds I don't worry to much about the shape but think about the wind more than anything. If I can I'd rather have the wind to my back so that the birds are coming into me which makes for a better bust them head on type shots, normally that first bird shot is DEAD so then you can consentrate on the second one plus with the wind at my back I don't get as cold as quick. Other than the warmth of the sun on me I'd rather have it behind me but there again I go with the wind direction first. Most time I guess you could say I put them in a "J" or a "U" but mostly using small numbers of deks I really seem to end up with a clump. With the idea of having the birds more or less coming straight in I do kind of set the spread a little to one side or the other but that's about it. With a set up like this the placement of hens and drake to each other don't really come in to play a lot, number of drakes and hens might if hunting early season and using more hens to look like eciples birds and maybe more drakes late but there again I only have the dozen so for me the number of hens and drake don't change.
 
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