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07Tiger
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Duck decoys to stay away from
Which duck decoys brands should I stay away from? I hear so many times that the paint chips off or the plastic cracks and they don’t last on certain brands. Thanks


Bullredbf
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re: Duck decoys to stay away from
i have had a lot of problems with my greenhead gear paint chipping despite the price. My avian x have held up great.


snapper26
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re: Duck decoys to stay away from
Depends on the type of spread you hunt.

Some guys one use a dozen or two so they buy nice decoys.

Where I hunt its all numbers so your better buying more even if the paint falls off. Guys shoot ducks over jugs in certain areas.


bootlegger
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re: Duck decoys to stay away from
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problems with my greenhead gear




Just had two dozen come in the other day to try


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Redfish2010
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re: Duck decoys to stay away from
Game winner


Buy. Avian X


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Duckhammer_77
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Depends on the type of spread you hunt.

this. One spread we have is in the middle of 100ac flooded crop field. We have about 4-5 doz game winner decoys out there. Numbers matter, not quality IMO. Other place is a pond between levee & river, long and narrow, surrounded by acorn trees. I have 1 doz flocked Dakotas and 2 surface ripplers, no more. Small spread, tight hole, quality matters.
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Cmk07c
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re: Duck decoys to stay away from
Buy higdon, similar price to GHG but holds up better. GHG look good, but I hunt Texas rigs and they get abused, the heads start looking bad with flaked paint within a season or two. I have mostly GHG though. When I replace I buy higdon and the foam filed ones.


Marciano1
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re: Duck decoys to stay away from
I don't own Avian X decoys but they look damn good. Just a little pricey, especially for the mallards.


jimjackandjose
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re: Duck decoys to stay away from
Stay away from tanglefree.

And don't buy gamewinnee so i can snatch up the deals at end of season


dltigers3
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I will second to stay away from GHG. I have a dozen avian x that look awesome and are extremely durable


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The Last Coco
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re: Duck decoys to stay away from
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Stay away from tanglefree.


To clarify: stay away from the cheap tanglefrees. The pro series decoys and the flight series decoys are awesome. Some of my favorite decoys on the market.

Stay away from Hard Core. They are extremely brittle and the paint gets chipped easily.

Final Approach have been hit or miss. Their mallards have done me well; their pintail don't look good.


Boat Motor Bandit
Member since Jun 2016
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re: Duck decoys to stay away from
Just some FYI. Decoy's catch way more hunters wallets than they do the eyes of a duck. Your just trying to get them in close enough to shoot not find a life mate. Take a high dollar flocked decoy and a cheapo place both at 40 yds turn walk away and turn around and tell me what you see...... exactly its basically the same. you have to stop and focus in to notice the small differences. Ducks are flying by and notice zero difference. Stop letting the multi billion dollar hunting industry get the best of you. We Still hunt over painted 2 litter coke bottles more than I care to admit and we kill limits of every kind of duck. Yes we have decoys mixed in. I carry 2 bags. One is about 2 dozen faded mixed puddler decoys and coke bottle and the other is wore out diver decoys and painted coke bottles. Hunt every thing from big water, swamps, rice fields, flooded timber, and dry fields. Kill ducks on these dekes just like the guy 500 yds away with spinners, flocked decoys, and jerk string rigs.....sometimes more because we don't have all the movement and BS.


PolyPusher86
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re: Duck decoys to stay away from
Stay away from greenhead gear, ton of cracked keels thruout a 30 dozen spread


Clyde Tipton
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Duck decoys to stay away from


Mine!


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OGhunter777
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Foam filled higdons - can’t sink them when you mistake them for a duck.


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KABoss02
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Dallas
Member since Jul 2009
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re: Duck decoys to stay away from
Flambeau storm front are trash. I have great luck with gamewinner, avian x, and some magnum northern flights I randomly bought on sale (cabela's). These are all on texas rigs, hunt public land and tank ponds, so they get knocked around.


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gorillacoco
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re: Duck decoys to stay away from
I agree with you there are plenty situations where having a large qty of blocks out is more important than quality (flocked decoys etc) but there are plenty of situations where better decoys may make a difference (small water, in my opinion is a good example). You said yourself you use flocked decoys timber hunting...


jimjackandjose
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re: Duck decoys to stay away from
Mallards definitely react differently to a flockee decoy vs chipped paint trash

So i flocked my own vs pay


dltigers3
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re: Duck decoys to stay away from
I fully flocked all my GHG drake decoys since the paint was chipping bad anyway. They look incredible to me, and it is pretty inexpensive to do the flocking. I did mine a couple years ago, and now I just have to add some touch-up every year


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