Painting working decoys

Discussion in 'Decoy Forum' started by FowlLanguage, Sep 14, 2017.

  1. FowlLanguage

    FowlLanguage New Member

    Messages:
    19
    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2017
    Location:
    Deal Island Md
    IMG_3772.JPG What are thoughts on having to do detail work on the blue bill decoys? Should I add feathering on the backs of the drakes? Any info would be great.
     
  2. Glades Ranger

    Glades Ranger Elite Refuge Member

    Messages:
    1,508
    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2011
    Location:
    Florida
    I think the black-white effect should suffice, bluebills are not too savvy!
     
    WHUP ! Hen likes this.
  3. Moosechop

    Moosechop Refuge Member

    Messages:
    34
    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2016
    image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg Do you need it? I don't know ,but why not put a little detail,,,can't hurt
     
    Ringbill and WHUP ! Hen like this.
  4. Billy Bob

    Billy Bob Elite Refuge Member

    Messages:
    5,094
    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2007
    Location:
    Washington
    Black and white with a gray bill and solid brown hens is all you need for bluebills. They can't see the detail any farther than you can when they're apraoching at mach 5. If you are hunting puddlers over the same spread it may matter, may.
     
  5. Rick Hall

    Rick Hall Elite Refuge Member

    Messages:
    8,419
    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2002
    Location:
    Klondike, Louisiana
    Wouldn't be dos gris without gray backs.
     
    jhallmark5841 and bullpinnie like this.
  6. Mean Gene

    Mean Gene Elite Refuge Member Flyway Manager

    Messages:
    19,968
    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2000
    Location:
    Finally in a free state.
    You don't "need" the fine details, but paint them into what you want, not what someone else wants.
     
    Ringbill likes this.
  7. creedsduckman

    creedsduckman Elite Refuge Member

    Messages:
    1,320
    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2005
    Location:
    Virginia
    This ^. Detail in a working decoy is for the hunter not the duck. I've got a rig of cork puddle ducks I made 8-9 years ago that are big and blocky with simple paint jobs. I'd hate to see the pile of ducks that have been killed over them. The last day I hunted last year, the last week of the season, we killed a limit over them all feet down decoying shots. If I made another rig would I paint them with more detail? Sure, because I can paint alot better now. Am I concerned about them not drawing ducks now? Nope
     
    markd and dog duck gun like this.
  8. FowlLanguage

    FowlLanguage New Member

    Messages:
    19
    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2017
    Location:
    Deal Island Md
    I appreciate all the comments. I was not sure about it it's only my third year hunting divers and only my first time painting them. So in saying that any info I can get will be of great help.

    Thanks
     
  9. Native NV Ducker

    Native NV Ducker Mod-Duck Hunters Forum, Classifieds, and 2 others Moderator Flyway Manager

    Messages:
    17,165
    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2003
    Location:
    Sula, MT
    If you want to, it is quick and easy. In the pic below, to get that effect, just dip the edge of a foam brush and lightly drag it WITH the grain across the back. 2 or 3 swipes, and you are done. You could do that to a doz dekes in 5 minutes.
    If you were thinking about painting actual feather outlines, individually, I would say 'No'. Not worth it. (Unless, like Gene said, that is what you want. Kinda like my flocked decoys. May not be a difference maker, but they are what I 'want' to use.)

    [​IMG]
     
    Ringbill and Billy Bob like this.
  10. Woodduck31

    Woodduck31 Elite Refuge Member Sponsor

    Messages:
    6,846
    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2003
    Location:
    Idaho
    caleb and I have been known to put a little detail into our decoys, but I don't do much more than flock block colors into my own personal decoys. I feel like black is the most important in the color scheme of things. I have a pair of wigeons, one is painted to the last detail, the other is just flocked black, white and that weird beige/purple color, at 10 yards you can't tell which is which. My mallard hens are flocked as black ducks, they are just more effective in my stretch of the river than a typical painted mallard hen.
     
    Billy Bob likes this.

Share This Page