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#5588598 - 02/07/15 10:48 PM decoys
river bottom Offline
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I was wondering if anybody uses final approach mallard decoys and if they like them or not, I'm about to buy some decoys and just some input, thanks

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#5589118 - 02/08/15 12:51 PM Re: decoys [Re: river bottom]
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River, I don't have the mallards but I do have some pintail & gadwalls and they are ok. I like GHG better, they seem more life like to me in their colors and positions. I use a 1/2 dozen GHG over sized mallards and really like how they look on the water. From what I have seen paint wear is about the same on both brands.
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#5589244 - 02/08/15 02:56 PM Re: decoys [Re: river bottom]
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Storm Fronts..... Inexpensive, durable, and very well made.
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#5589250 - 02/08/15 03:02 PM Re: decoys [Re: river bottom]
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G and H. Murican manufacturing. Tough and lifelike decoys. What else is there? Chinese is you other choice.
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#5589563 - 02/08/15 06:32 PM Re: decoys [Re: wal1809]
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Originally Posted By: wal1809
G and H. Murican manufacturing. Tough and lifelike decoys. What else is there? Chinese is you other choice.


G and H are probably the most durable plastic decoys you can buy, but are some of the least realistic decoys on the market IMO. They are also on the higher end of the price range. I like GHG and Avian X. I own some G&H decoys (2 dozen or so), but I just think they look very cartoonish compared to the rest of my decoys.

GHG has had paint adhesion issues in the past, but none of the 12 dozen or so that I have purchased in the last 5 years have had paint issues, and I have all of them Texas rigged or in a standard decoy bag so they are not babied. Some of my older GHG decoys did have issues with paint flaking off, though.

Final Approach decoys are ok, but I would get some GHG or Avian X if I were you.


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#5589610 - 02/08/15 06:54 PM Re: decoys [Re: river bottom]
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I have some teal and cans, never had a problem with them.
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#5589619 - 02/08/15 06:57 PM Re: decoys [Re: river bottom]
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Lol. My brother was all proud of his ghg decoys this season. End of season he asked me where all the paint went. I told him back to china you dumb bastage 😄
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#5589700 - 02/08/15 07:43 PM Re: decoys [Re: wal1809]
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Originally Posted By: wal1809
Lol. My brother was all proud of his ghg decoys this season. End of season he asked me where all the paint went. I told him back to china you dumb bastage 😄


Nothing dumb about buying good-looking decoys.


What is a duck decoy's job? To look like a duck. Which of these looks more like a pintail?





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#5589743 - 02/08/15 08:00 PM Re: decoys [Re: river bottom]
shea.mcphail Offline
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I've been trying to figure out which decoys I want to get. I've seen people that are die hard GHG and those who despise all GHG/Avery.

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#5589810 - 02/08/15 08:37 PM Re: decoys [Re: river bottom]
river bottom Offline
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Thanks for the help

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#5589822 - 02/08/15 08:40 PM Re: decoys [Re: river bottom]
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#5589902 - 02/08/15 09:04 PM Re: decoys [Re: river bottom]
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Registered: 04/15/09
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I had a mix of G&H and GHG till about five years ago when my then 12 YO son told me, "Dad, the GHG decoys look like ducks. The G&H decoys look like decoys." Did have paint issues on the first batch of GHG but had no paint issues with anything bought in the last few years.


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#5590015 - 02/08/15 10:06 PM Re: decoys [Re: river bottom]
Cole P Offline
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I don't know why everyone thinks G&H is so expensive. For Avian-x and GHG ("Economy" brand decoys) you're paying $60-$80 per half dozen decoys. For a dozen that's $120-$160 which is no more expensive than G&H decoys. Look for good deals, I picked up a dozen G&H Magnum Swivel Mallards on sale for $30 less than retail + free ship.

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#5590039 - 02/08/15 10:23 PM Re: decoys [Re: Cole P]
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Originally Posted By: Cole P
I don't know why everyone thinks G&H is so expensive. For Avian-x and GHG ("Economy" brand decoys) you're paying $60-$80 per half dozen decoys. For a dozen that's $120-$160 which is no more expensive than G&H decoys. Look for good deals, I picked up a dozen G&H Magnum Swivel Mallards on sale for $30 less than retail + free ship.


Full retail for GHG hot buy mallards is $60 a DOZEN and they look more like a mallard than the G&H mallards. Yes, the GHG pro-grade decoys are usually around $60 a half dozen depending on species but that is still less than a dozen G&H decoys and they look WAY more like a duck.

I own some G&H decoys, so obviously I don't hate them. I just think the blind fan-boy love for G&H is funny on this forum. They are pricy for how cheesy they look. You can get better looking decoys for less.

Dakotas are expensive, yeah, but they look like dang works of art so I can see the price as justified. I guess my point is that IMO G&H decoys should look better than they do since they are on the higher end price wise.
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#5590050 - 02/08/15 10:32 PM Re: decoys [Re: river bottom]
Cole P Offline
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I shoot just as many ducks over G&H, as I have Dakota, Flambeau, GHG, Carry-Lites etc. What it comes down to me is; what can I pay for ONE time, and be sure it will last as long as possible. I could really care less who makes the decoy.

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