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#6158467 - 01/27/16 07:29 PM If you had to pick one decoy brand what would it be?
TrackQuack Offline
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I know this has been talked about multiple times. My main criteria is realism and durability.

From research I am thinking Dakota Decoys. I have heard good things on Avian X and I get a good deal on Tanglefree but no exposure to them. Opinions? Looking at floaters and full body duck decoys

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#6158484 - 01/27/16 07:36 PM Re: If you had to pick one decoy brand what would it be? [Re: TrackQuack]
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G and H for durability for sure.


Edited by wal1809 (01/27/16 07:37 PM)
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#6158498 - 01/27/16 07:42 PM Re: If you had to pick one decoy brand what would it be? [Re: TrackQuack]
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I like the Avian X stuff and the Tanglefree mallards

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#6158506 - 01/27/16 07:46 PM Re: If you had to pick one decoy brand what would it be? [Re: TrackQuack]
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Plastic i like Flambeau, first choice is cork.

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#6158522 - 01/27/16 07:52 PM Re: If you had to pick one decoy brand what would it be? [Re: TrackQuack]
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Realism is an over rated and over thought out issue for duck decoys. Geese and cranes are an entirely different game.

G&H for the longevity out of current market plastic deeks. I have some 25 year old flambeaus that are still ticking. The new breed of chinese junk is just junk


Edited by Elpatoloco (01/27/16 07:53 PM)

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#6158525 - 01/27/16 07:55 PM Re: If you had to pick one decoy brand what would it be? [Re: Elpatoloco]
wal1809 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Elpatoloco
Realism is an over rated and over thought out issue for duck decoys. Geese and cranes are an entirely different game.

G&H for the longevity out of current market plastic deeks. I have some 25 year old flambeaus that are still ticking. The new breed of chinese junk is just junk


Agreed
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#6158535 - 01/27/16 08:01 PM Re: If you had to pick one decoy brand what would it be? [Re: TrackQuack]
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#6158729 - 01/27/16 09:44 PM Re: If you had to pick one decoy brand what would it be? [Re: TrackQuack]
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Why higdon?

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#6158731 - 01/27/16 09:45 PM Re: If you had to pick one decoy brand what would it be? [Re: TrackQuack]
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G and H are durable and American made. I've hunted over them when I was a guest on a hunt. We hammered the birds, but I kept thinking how goofy they looked.

However, I stopped and talked to some other hunters on my walk back in one morning and they had avian x decoys out, and I couldn't stop staring at them because they looked so good, and rode perfectly in the water.

I won a bunch of Greenhead Gear decoys so that's what I use and they are ok, but I'm not sure I would recommend them
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#6158751 - 01/27/16 09:54 PM Re: If you had to pick one decoy brand what would it be? [Re: TrackQuack]
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I think realism is overrated so durability is what i go for. I went with avian x. Very durable. (but they do look good also) 2 seasons slinging them around and they are fine. I do not use slot bags either. Your budget will determine what brand you go with. I know of some guides who detest the latest and greatest in decoys because of the price now days. But $60 to them for a half dozen is not the same for me or you....or maybe it is for you. Like I said, your budget is different than mine or someone's else. If price is no concern Avian or dakota will be hard to beat.

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#6158766 - 01/27/16 10:06 PM Re: If you had to pick one decoy brand what would it be? [Re: TrackQuack]
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Avian X

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#6158832 - 01/27/16 11:00 PM Re: If you had to pick one decoy brand what would it be? [Re: TrackQuack]
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I've got both Dakota and AvianX and without a doubt Dakotas are far more realistic in both looks and movement with wind. AvianX decoys look pretty good (not as good as Dakota) but they don't seem to react to wind as well. I'm sold on Dakotas.

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#6158929 - 01/28/16 06:29 AM Re: If you had to pick one decoy brand what would it be? [Re: TrackQuack]
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G & H hands down!
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#6159006 - 01/28/16 07:39 AM Re: If you had to pick one decoy brand what would it be? [Re: TrackQuack]
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In the last two years I have sold off some 300-400 decoys. Some I have had for 30 years. I am switching to all G and H. The realism part is what I don't really understand. I see a little of what your talking about in the mallards. The redheads, pintails and widgeon are outstanding looking. I think the pintails and widgeons are some of the best looking on the market. Honestly it doesn't matter. A bird coming in at 40 miles per hour will not be able to distinguish the little details.
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#6159021 - 01/28/16 07:50 AM Re: If you had to pick one decoy brand what would it be? [Re: TrackQuack]
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