Decoys are overrated.

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  1. buck_master_2001

    buck_master_2001 Elite Refuge Member

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    Hunted the public drawing this am with 26 plastic bottles. Ended up with my mallards, a black and 2 geese. All birds were shot feet down over the bottles. In fact the lesser and the black landed in them. I guess they are right. Decoys are for the hunter not the birds!


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    buck_master_2001 Elite Refuge Member

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    camp0429 New Member

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    I've heard a lot of guys hunting over them around here back in the day. Never tried it myself. I remember in some hunting book I used to get in about the late 90's there was a company that made a kit for the 2 liter soda bottles I believe it came with a head and a keel and you had to paint the bottle. I also heard stories of the "old timers" using tires sawed in half for field decoys. Never tried that on either.
     
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  4. warrenwaterfowler

    warrenwaterfowler Senior Refuge Member

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    I saw that i. The local facebook group. Way to go- I always get crap about my decoys being cheap/old/beat up---I always say it doesn't matter.
     
  5. bill cooksey

    bill cooksey Elite Refuge Member

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    Hunter Specialties made the kit you are talking about. It included stickers for the body. I grew up hunting Reelfoot, and that's the center of the jug decoy world. I wouldn't be a bit afraid of putting out a full jug spread, but I never think of it early enough to save the bottles.
     
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    spg Senior Refuge Member

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    Bleach bottles make for a good filler for divers. Leave the center white and black in the front and back. With a nice wind they flop and have all kinds of action.
     
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    Dek Elite Refuge Member

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    I used to hunt some good quality flooded corn with decoys that belonged in the trash. Mashed the mallards. Good quality flooded corn being the important variable. Looks like a great day and a wonderful place to get to hunt!
     
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    buck_master_2001 Elite Refuge Member

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    The birds are eating the buckwheat in there now. The water isn’t high enough to reach the corn yet. But it will be soon.
     
  9. warrenwaterfowler

    warrenwaterfowler Senior Refuge Member

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    I wonder how good this would work for puddle ducks on a regular lake or river-not a (legally) baited hunt.
     
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    Best if sawed into 1/3rds, then pinch/bolt the tail together and add a wooden head. Very effective, especially with 1000+ of them out. A lot of people here still use them and leave them out for weeks on end, as thieves will typically not mess with them. Setting/Picking up 1000 of them is a tremendous effort.
     
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