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Coot Decoys??

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  1. Wtm89

    Wtm89 New Member

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    Hey guys, new to the sight, and chomping at the bit waiting for the season. Thought I’d get some of y’all opinion on coot decoys. Y’all ever use them? Maybe to break up the spread a little or as a “confidence” decoy? Just curious to what y’all think of them.
     
  2. cholt

    cholt Senior Refuge Member

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    Yes I use about 5 coot to 1 duck I actually buy the mallard decoys after season at Walmart on clearance for like 12 bucks a dozen and rattle can them flat black fog them with primer grey and white on bills way cheaper than buying the coot decoys. I’m mainly diver hunting thou.
     
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  3. stevena198301

    stevena198301 Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Pretty common on the G, for diver hunters. I have never personally used them.
     
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  4. cootmeurer

    cootmeurer Elite Refuge Member

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    Depends - for diver spreads they are a great addition. For puddles they work especially well on public water where everyone else puts out the standard 2-4 doz mallards. I've watched plenty of birds shy away from live mallards in that situation.

    Downside is that if you have coots out you will attract coots. The motion in decoys is great, unless you have young or unsteady retrievers - in which case you get to spend a lot of time dealing with bad dog behavior
     
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  5. cholt

    cholt Senior Refuge Member

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    These are my homemade coots clearance mallards no since in paying to dollar for a black duck got about 50 bucks in about 5 dozen of them. C01F87BB-DA84-46E8-9E3C-3AC431ED31B0.jpeg
     
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