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Do you guys take all your decoys out of the decoy bags and clean them before putting them away for the season? I have about 9 dozen deeks and I want to store them best so that they can be ready for next year. Should I just wash them well and leave them in the bags or put them up on a shelfs out of the bags????

What do you guys do?

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Well I always have good intentions of cleaning them before putting them away but it doesn't happen as much as I plan. I just keep all my ducks in the bags and put them up in the rafters of the barn. The goose shells all get stacked up in some shelves in the rafters too. Usually during the summer we have a decoy day where the whole family takes them all down and we clean, repair and paint them. My wife will paint the touch ups and this year flock the heads and my son and I will redo anchor lines and weights. This year is going to be a big day as my Dad and his hunting buddies have been using my goose decoys and they are looking a bit worn. Just don't use a pressure washer as the paint doesn't do well as I learned the hard way.

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If its too cold I'll wait till spring and hose down the whole bag,then take them out and check them and store them.Meanwhile they stay in the bag in the shed.
 

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im kind of a fanatic when it comes to this. about may, ill get out all the dekes from the bags,wash em,check the lines,check for cracks, and repaint them. ive got shelves in my storage in my basement that separate all the different species of ducks, and a system to organize them that keeps different kinds apart-water keel,weighted keel,flambeau,horicon,etc. i clean the motors in all my shaker dekes, and take the old batteries out. i also rerig the rubber tubing on my jerklines, cuz it tends to get old and weak. Ive got about 9 dozen, so i want to keep everything separate. i use alot of hen mallard dekes and teal dekes early season, and more drakes and divers late season, so i like to be able to have em all ready at the drop of a hat. i also check all the decoy bag straps and strings, replacing what needs to be replaced, and sew up any holes in the mesh bags with parachute cord. its nice to have all this sorted in case we decide on a different destination saturday mornings because of weather, bird reports,etc. if i switch to a big lake at the last minute, its nice to be able to just dump the teal and load the divers.
 

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Heat can damage decoys--especially softer ones like Full body goose decoys (warps the body). Also high heat can split the body(high heat in a sealed body makes it expand) and paint on the hard plastic decoys.

Consider light colored (dark colors obsorb heat) and well ventilated sheds. A house basement is great, or a garage-but it seems the dirt is more in the garage than elsewhere. Also sunlight fades the colors faster, so out of the direct sunlight is better.
 

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i hose them off and put them up in the garage. about a mounth before the season opens i'll take them all out and cheack and paint them. keeps me from going crazy. i think i'll do like gilmore and make it a family deal. sounds fun.
 
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