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Re: what brand decoys do you use? [Re: Phoneman] #7935702 07/28/13
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I have used mainly Herter's decoys since the 1960's and have only had to retire the few that got soaked in gasoline spraying out of a leak in an old two hose pressurized portable gasoline tank. That was a bad morning. The rest of the Herter's decoys I have seem to be quite durable with reasonable care.

Some of their largest goose decoys painted as swans work wonders on those big birds.

I have used some G&H duck and goose decoys with good success but have had a few of them crumble. I made several dozen out of a Decoys Unlimited mold that will still be around after all the roaches die.

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Re: what brand decoys do you use? [Re: Notropis] #7936277 07/28/13
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Don't be such a wuss phoneman..


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Re: what brand decoys do you use? [Re: quackaddict] #7937333 07/28/13
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I've used Carry-Lite, Flambeau, Herters, G&H, and GHG. Of these the GHG are by far the nicest. There will always be pros and cons to any decoy that you choose, but for the money, GHG is my hands down favorite. I haven't had any trouble with the paint on mine, I have had a couple of heads break on my full body geese, however. A little Gorilla Glue and they were back in action the next day.

Re: what brand decoys do you use? [Re: ranger1] #7947234 08/01/13
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none float like the herters.

Re: what brand decoys do you use? [Re: Phoneman] #7973839 08/11/13
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Got a chance to lok at the avian X mallards today. By far the best looking decoy i have seen


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Re: what brand decoys do you use? [Re: gitem_12] #7975206 08/12/13
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Currently, I make my own.....in the past I have used Flambeau and Carry-lite. Would recommend Flambeau; carrylites I've used have had paint problems.
I have a friend that uses GHG....they seem like a good decoy.


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Re: what brand decoys do you use? [Re: 16gauge] #7977702 08/13/13
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I have a dozen of the "body language" fully flocked mallards and a dozen "drake" branded mallards that body language repainted for me. they look amazing!
If I went to cabelas to buy decoys, i'd get the avian X - dakota - ghg pro series, in that order.

http://www.bodylanguagedecoys.com/decoys.html


I've used cheap ones and killed ducks, do I think these decoys will help me kill 2x as many? probably not but it can't hurt!

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Re: what brand decoys do you use? [Re: splattermatic] #15735144 02/02/21
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Dakota ducks, look amazing. only downfall is weight in my opinion

Re: what brand decoys do you use? [Re: splattermatic] #15735511 02/02/21
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Anything with flat or no keel, unless I hunt big water. Movement trumps artistry, any day.

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Seems to be a resurrection.

We've got 40+ dozen in our club. Favorites are avian X and Higdon. Your mileage may vary.

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Bunch of old threads up tonight, breathing life into this sub forum. Good stuff.

I frequently brought but never once deployed a dozen or more mallard decoys and a half dozen wood duck decoys. All my shooting this season was jump shooting. Never got the dekes wet.

For geese I've been having pretty good luck with a few dozen Divebomb silhouettes. Easy to pack, inexpensive, and they work... particularly if you know where the geese want to be.

Re: what brand decoys do you use? [Re: splattermatic] #15740622 02/03/21
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I don't know the answer, I'm a rookie duck hunter so to speak, but have always wondered.....

Is the ultra-realistic decoy, the paint, the flocking, the ride on the water, does that really bring in more ducks, or is that just to bring in more dollars for the manufacturer?

Re: what brand decoys do you use? [Re: splattermatic] #15742358 02/03/21
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I don't know much about duck hunting but used second-hand this year. Left them on the lake for a 8-10 weeks. A few ended upside down. Ducks still consistently came in the last weekend of the season. Not sure of the brand.

Re: what brand decoys do you use? [Re: splattermatic] #15743489 02/04/21
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Thirty five years ago Cabela's used to sell a Cabela's branded foam filled decoy. They were terrific. I have a few mallards and a few pintails left of those. I also have those cheap Flambeaus and a few odds and ends accumulated over the last fifty years.

I am done waterfowl hunting and ought to sell my duck decoys and goose shells some time.

Re: what brand decoys do you use? [Re: hh4whiskey] #15743740 02/04/21
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Originally Posted by hh4whiskey
Anything with flat or no keel, unless I hunt big water. Movement trumps artistry, any day.


You'd probably like the 50 year old Victors that I have. A very shallow x-shaped "keel" that won't hold much line. I drilled some holes in them and filled them up with Great Stuff foam, then epoxied the cracks and re-painted. Am not going to spend money on new decoys until Biden reverses the climate and more ducks start showing up here than I've been seeing in the last decade or two.

My buddy has some G & H decoys that have held up well for him.

Re: what brand decoys do you use? [Re: splattermatic] #15745908 02/04/21
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https://lifetimedecoys.com

None better! I use them in water, on ice, and on Land. Try them I guarantee you won't be disappointed.


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Re: what brand decoys do you use? [Re: splattermatic] #15826213 02/23/21
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I run G&H ducks. Probably 2 dozen puddlers and 3 dozen divers. I do admit there are more realistic puddlers on the market but the G&H still work for me. Their divers are top notch IMHO.

Just sold my old Bigfoot goose floaters. Looking at the Dakota and Hard Core lessers to replace them.


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Re: what brand decoys do you use? [Re: splattermatic] #15829369 02/23/21
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Currently a mix. I bought some flocked head Higdon foam filled that I really like. My full body dekes are Dakota fully flocked. I have a few older GHG and FA decoys but will probably replace them next year. The Lifetime decoys mentioned above look very nice.

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