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  1. Billy Bob

    Billy Bob Elite Refuge Member

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    If I'm using standard size decoys on open water they're always spaced no more than 4 feet Normally a 3 decoy wide oval. My reasoning is that it creates a big dark spot at a distance to get attention and when they get close it looks like the decoys found good feed. Honestly I never spread out standard decoys much because everyone else does. 5-6 is maximum on smaller water. Be different. I space magnums about 4-8 feet, lets the big decoys work their magic.
     
  2. mister gadwall

    mister gadwall Senior Refuge Member

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    I spent a period of @30 years hunting a real hot bed for gadwalls. Learned a lot about effective decoys spreads for them The area I hunted had some widgeon and some "big ducks" but 90 per cent was gadwalls Thousands of gadwalls. I went through a coot experiment stage but finally ended up with a small spread that we found to be the most effective gadwall killing spread for the area we hunted--ten point ducks in the day, 30 bird days were legal and not uncommon for the the three of us in the day. .

    I experimented with coot decoys a lot early on because so often I would see gads in the coots. After awhile I found a dozen well painted gadwall and a couple of widgeon and maybe 3-5 mallards off 30 yards from the gads was about the perfect decoy spread, IF 75% of them were on some type of jerk string. I painted up several beautiful male gads using old plastic herters mallards from the 60s. The decoying gadwall would sit next to this type mallard- painted -gadwall almost every time they came to the water ( some flambeau gads completed the spread).
     
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  3. Tuleman

    Tuleman Elite Refuge Member

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    Why not indeed! I think that would make a great experiment....if live mallards were the size of teal.
    I think life-sized decoys are the best compromise between numbers and individual size; vary from the living norm and the less realistic the spread becomes.

    I'm not saying magnum decoys aren't effective; they can be. My position is that numbers of decoys (size of the spread) is far more important than size of the individual blocks. If you have a choice between 200 standard decoys and 200 mags, by all means go with the mags. But if you have a choice between 200 standard decoys and 75 mags (based on what you can afford and can transport), and the situation calls for a big spread, I'll go with the standard every time.
    If the situation calls for three decoys on jerk strings, it doesn't matter what size the decoys are: go with the big 'uns.
     
  4. freefall

    freefall Elite Refuge Member

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    I'd take 75 Super Mags over 200 standards anyday.
     

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