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#5566825 - 01/27/15 07:47 AM GHG Pro-Grade Wigeon
jdk1985 Offline
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Not sure this will help anyone or not.

I think the GHG Pro-Grade wigeons are some of the best looking wigeons on the market. Just my two cents.

I picked some up last year and used them this year. Upon first inspection, the only thing I did not like about them was that a small tip of the wing or tail feathers was glued on to the body. I figured oh well, the ducks won't care. The problem with the glued on section, however, was not what I imagine most would expect... they didn't come lose, break off, or anything like that. The problem with the design is that for some reason, some how, water is able to leak into the decoy body at the juncture between the body and the glued on piece. For most hunts, this did not cause any problems. If it was raining, however, and water was constantly hitting the top of the decoy, it would slowly take on water (I do mean slowly... never enough to actually tell a difference on the water).

Macks is happy to exchange / refund them for me. I called GHG as well, and they apparently have had a lot of people complain about this. They suggested just to caulk around the glued on feathers. The good thing is that they have changed the design for next year. They have done away with the glued on piece and are going with a one piece design.... why they did not do this to begin with is baffling to me... something must have been cheaper or easier or who knows.

In any case, if you have the Pro-grade wigeons, you might check to see if they take on water at this point. As for me, I'm returning mine to Macks and I will replace them next year, once GHG puts out the new and improved design.

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#5566832 - 01/27/15 07:51 AM Re: GHG Pro-Grade Wigeon [Re: jdk1985]
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What did you think of the new paint scheme?
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#5566836 - 01/27/15 07:53 AM Re: GHG Pro-Grade Wigeon [Re: jdk1985]
jdk1985 Offline
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I did not see any pictures or anything. This was just a phone conversation with GHG. My guess is that the new model will look the exact same as the old one as far as paint goes, and that the only difference will be the construction of the decoy without the glued on piece. That is just my guess / assumption.

So, I think / hope the new ones will looks just as good as the previous model.

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#5566890 - 01/27/15 08:28 AM Re: GHG Pro-Grade Wigeon [Re: jdk1985]
wal1809 Offline
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Did they not offer a replacement dozen?
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#5566910 - 01/27/15 08:38 AM Re: GHG Pro-Grade Wigeon [Re: jdk1985]
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G & H would have
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#5566920 - 01/27/15 08:46 AM Re: GHG Pro-Grade Wigeon [Re: jdk1985]
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GHG did not offer any replacements, my guess is because they know there is a problem and they are phasing out of the old ones. Maybe this is just their policy, I don't know. Macks was happy to exchange / refund.

Wal, I know you are a G & H fan. Frankly, since they are an OK company, I wish I was too. Unfortunately, I like the looks of the Pro-Grades about 10x better than any of the G & H decoys, though I am certain the ducks don't care. I had hoped GHG would have done something about the problem. GHG should have done something about it, especially since they know it is a common deficiency. I know G & H would have and Higdon would have.

Fact is, GHG Pro-grades look a lot better in my opinion. If Mack's were not so accommodating, I'm certain I would be more upset with GHG's failure to do anything about it.

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#5566957 - 01/27/15 09:12 AM Re: GHG Pro-Grade Wigeon [Re: jdk1985]
aerangis Offline
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I've never found a paycheck on any of the wigeons I've killed. Must be the darn amateur grade decoys I'm using.

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#5566966 - 01/27/15 09:18 AM Re: GHG Pro-Grade Wigeon [Re: aerangis]
jdk1985 Offline
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Originally Posted By: aerangis
I've never found a paycheck on any of the wigeons I've killed. Must be the darn amateur grade decoys I'm using.


Think of how many you could have killed with "pro-grade" decoys.

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#5566990 - 01/27/15 09:32 AM Re: GHG Pro-Grade Wigeon [Re: jdk1985]
aerangis Offline
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Originally Posted By: jdk1985
Originally Posted By: aerangis
I've never found a paycheck on any of the wigeons I've killed. Must be the darn amateur grade decoys I'm using.


Think of how many you could have killed with "pro-grade" decoys.


Pro-grade all the way, cause I want to be a pro duck hunter!!!

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#5566996 - 01/27/15 09:33 AM Re: GHG Pro-Grade Wigeon [Re: jdk1985]
jdk1985 Offline
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cheers

But joking aside, the decoys do look pretty dang good.

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#5567027 - 01/27/15 09:48 AM Re: GHG Pro-Grade Wigeon [Re: jdk1985]
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I second the part about Higdon standing behind their product. I had a pulsator short out because the wires broke and they sent me a new bilge and timer for it with just a phone call.
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#5567071 - 01/27/15 10:11 AM Re: GHG Pro-Grade Wigeon [Re: jdk1985]
wal1809 Offline
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Originally Posted By: jdk1985
GHG did not offer any replacements, my guess is because they know there is a problem and they are phasing out of the old ones. Maybe this is just their policy, I don't know. Macks was happy to exchange / refund.

Wal, I know you are a G & H fan. Frankly, since they are an OK company, I wish I was too. Unfortunately, I like the looks of the Pro-Grades about 10x better than any of the G & H decoys, though I am certain the ducks don't care. I had hoped GHG would have done something about the problem. GHG should have done something about it, especially since they know it is a common deficiency. I know G & H would have and Higdon would have.

Fact is, GHG Pro-grades look a lot better in my opinion. If Mack's were not so accommodating, I'm certain I would be more upset with GHG's failure to do anything about it.


Have you seen the G and H widgeons. I think they are the cats arse so far as realism. The other plus for me is you can buy all drakes. I would rather have the bright white and colors of 12 drakes than half of them being dull hens. I noticed this last trip to the coast at how much more visible the widgeon heads were compared to the others.
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#5567100 - 01/27/15 10:22 AM Re: GHG Pro-Grade Wigeon [Re: jdk1985]
Ben Lilly Offline
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http://www.fowlfoolers.com/
http://www.stockerdecoy.com/

If your looking for quality decoys with great paint, check these out.

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#5567110 - 01/27/15 10:26 AM Re: GHG Pro-Grade Wigeon [Re: Ben Lilly]
wal1809 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Ben Lilly
http://www.fowlfoolers.com/
http://www.stockerdecoy.com/

If your looking for quality decoys with great paint, check these out.


Those are pretty cool. I like the fact they are American made. At least the outllet is in Ohio, I am assuming they are Murica amde.
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#5567121 - 01/27/15 10:29 AM Re: GHG Pro-Grade Wigeon [Re: jdk1985]
Ben Lilly Offline
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Both are made in Ohio, I used the fowlfoolers this year and heard a lot of good stuff about Steve Stocker's decoys from other hunters.

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