SO.... I am a newbie a.k.a. duck hunting virgin. Haven't killed a duck in 40 years. But my new land on the coast has a several acre shallow pond so I am itching to break into the waterfowl world. My question is, just how important is the paint on a decoy. I picked up 5 dozen used decoys off craigslist, and they are showing some wear. I got a mixture of teal, bluebill, pintail, mallard, puddle type ducks. These are Flambeau decoys in photo. Do they need paint touch-ups or o.k. as they are?
Also, in setting them out on the water can I mix them, keep them separated, in circles, 4 corners of pond, What formation works best? Thanks for your advice!