havent seen the red head decoys but a friend of mine bought the brand Greenhead decoys also with a removable keel. Good looking decoy but I can't either figure out why they would have a removable keel we dropped a couple of the keels when picking up the decoys so he ended up gluing them on.
I would assume that the removable keel provides two uses....field and movement. Primarily I think they are making the decoys for use on the field and on the water....overall comments/results are rather mixed, but the consensus seems to be that more keels are lost than utilized....and anyways, the field use is limited ....how many groups of ducks in a cornfield are all resting? Not many. In a field you can use a few, but most ducks are standing while feeding! You need some ful bodies for that (I have a dozen Eberhart that are great for field use and as a shore decoy. They really offer a realistic set-up on a tidal flat or sandbar!
I am glad that others were just as confused as I was. I thought that maybe you could buy extra keels for them and attach the keel that best matched your hunting water depths. I know I hunt in anywhere from 2 feet to 40 feet of water and managing lines is always a huge pain.
Does anyone have a suggestion on how to best manges my rigging issue?
Redleg, your post about the warning label cracked me up!
I KEEP MY EIDERS ON A 6 DECOY RIG WITH ANCHORS AT BOTH ENDS. I WIND THE STRING FIGURE 8 AROUND A HARDWOOD PLYWOOD CUT OUT WITH A HANDLE CUT OUT . IT WORKS WELL AND SAVES TIME. I KEEP DECOY LINE , 8 TO 10 FEET ON EACH OF MY BLACKS, MALLARDS, AND WHISTLERS. BUT I KEEP MY ANCHORS FOR THOSE SEPERATE ATTACHED TO THE BIG SS SNAPS AND REMOVE WHEN NOT IN USE, TOSS THEM INTO A MILK CRATE. AND STORE MY EIDER RIGS INTO AMILK CRATE TO. DUCKMAN : IT WAS TRUE ON THAT WARNING LABLE, PRETTY FUNNY . IT ALSO SAID REMOVING KEEL WILL WEAR OUT SNAP LOCKS.
Thanks for the info on the riggin' I keep my Eiders and Buffle decoys on a rig similar to what you mentioned BUT I do not keep my Mallards and Blacks organized as you describe. Sounds like a great idea! I usually tie my lines off and when it is 32 degrees and you are rushing to get set-up in the morning this has not been the best part of my day. Over the off season I am going to make an "investment" in some quality rigging.
That "snap lock" warning continues to crack me up! I swear the manufacturers try to come up with a NEW idea every year just so people like us will spend more $$ on the latest and greatest. . . damn those salespeople at Cabelas they SUCK me in every year!
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