Goose decoys will draw mallards and other puddlers, but in my experience the opposite is not consistent. If your focus is on ducks, just have some goose dekes as confidence decoys off to the side a bit. If after geese and the mallards are bonus birds, mix 'em in. , but don't worry about the ducks coming in anyhow.
I principally hunt Geese in the field, so yes the ducks love those goose decoys. Up in CA the ducks are bonus birds while you shoot for the geese. Just set the duck decoys a little upwind of the goose decoys and get ready to have some fun!
Man, we have been busting geese all year in corn fields. Nothing but goose decoys all year, and suddenly the mallards have been comming in like crazy since things began to freeze up around here. Last weekedn we had no less that 400 mallards drop in the spread and all over the field. Unfortunatly duck season went out the week before so the ducks are safe in VA for now. Its an awesome thing to watch ducks drop into a field like that.....hope you have some luck!
Been using a couple hundred Snow/Blue rags along with a couple dozen Mallard shells for migrating ducks here for years. Flight birds will come down to check out what the geese are doing. Does a number on the shy locals also, even manage a couple of the light geese which is very rare. Canadians even pour in, but we can't touch them until Dec.
the ducks will come into goose decoys but if u use both ur best bet is to put the geese behind ur blinds and then if using duck decoys stick them bout 2 feet off the front of ur blind it keeps them apart and they for some reason like that.
we just use a dozen goose wind socks as confidence builders. we place them about ten yards from our robo ducks. but the funny thing is one day we had just the robos and no decoys and we had a small group of geese come in and land.
duckbuster and I found a spread that works you set all you duck decoys up however you want, then we put 4 bigfeet up about 5yds. from the duck decoys and then we put our blinds right in between the duck and goose decs. The ducks wanted to land right where out blinds were, so if I was you I would do the same spread, but just put your blind close to your goose decoys :thumbsup:
We have hunted ducks with just goose decoys and a couple robo ducks. When we have duck decoys in the field the ducks seem to land in the goose decoys anyways. Also in early goose season we have had ducks in our goose decoys.
My buddy has a few goose wind socks that he painted the heads up as mallard heads and painted the sock up as a body. I was kind of weary of them at first but then once we tried them out in the field they seemed to work fine.
I have been set up strickly for geese in the corn fields and have gone home with a hand full of mallards that tried to land in my goose decoys. I currently use goose decoys in the water and on shore when I set up on the local rivers hunting for ducks as well. It really seems to make a difference.
I always try to mix it up a little when hunting late season fields. I've always had more success with ducks when I've got a goose spread out also. When hunting water, I usually just add a pair of goose decoys to the outside of my duck decoys.
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