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#6615104 - 01/03/17 07:20 PM How many decoys is too many?
Jacob645 Offline


Registered: 07/19/09
Posts: 1464
Loc: East Tx
What is your rule of thumb for number of decoys to put out? Me and my hunting buddy have been hunting small water lately (less than 2 acres) and only put out a couple teal on a jerk rig and a mojo. Had some ok hunts, but mainly coming in at first light. Ducks that come by later just pass us by. A lot of the problem is it's mostly wood ducks where we hunt, but we've had big ducks come through and not give us a look.

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#6615115 - 01/03/17 07:33 PM Re: How many decoys is too many? [Re: Jacob645]
brandon f Offline
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Registered: 12/02/08
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Loc: Tyler
Ive been doing a lot of walk in hunting here lately and carry about 30.

Mixture of mallard, teal and pintail.

I think at a minimum I would take at least 18-24.

If I can drive close to where im hunting or have a 4 wheeler or something besides me being the pack-mule I take 5-7 dozen.

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#6615117 - 01/03/17 07:34 PM Re: How many decoys is too many? [Re: Jacob645]
Moe #2 Offline
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Registered: 02/13/05
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Loc: dallas
Put out way more than you think and see if you still get passed by big ducks. If you do you can always pull them.

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#6615145 - 01/03/17 07:50 PM Re: How many decoys is too many? [Re: Jacob645]
pintail_ag Offline
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Registered: 11/28/16
Posts: 17
Loc: Somewhere on the water
Pull the mojo. Try 6 or so pintail or wigeon and see what happens.

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#6615171 - 01/03/17 08:04 PM Re: How many decoys is too many? [Re: pintail_ag]
john paul Offline
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I've used anywhere from 3 decoys on small water and up to 12-14 dozen on the stuff we usually hunt where we are trafficking ducks.
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#6615188 - 01/03/17 08:11 PM Re: How many decoys is too many? [Re: Jacob645]
Tru2lifetaxidermy Offline
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We put out 2600-3400, but that's for snow geese. Ducks maybe 4-8 on small tanks that we have scouted. 24-36 on big water running traffic.

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#6615282 - 01/03/17 08:50 PM Re: How many decoys is too many? [Re: Jacob645]
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We run 10-13 dozen on the coast

Pintails
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#6615401 - 01/03/17 10:21 PM Re: How many decoys is too many? [Re: Jacob645]
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Originally Posted By: Jacob645
What is your rule of thumb for number of decoys to put out? Me and my hunting buddy have been hunting small water lately (less than 2 acres) and only put out a couple teal on a jerk rig and a mojo. Had some ok hunts, but mainly coming in at first light. Ducks that come by later just pass us by. A lot of the problem is it's mostly wood ducks where we hunt, but we've had big ducks come through and not give us a look.


2 acres is pretty good size. Might run a couple dozen at least
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#6615482 - 01/04/17 12:22 AM Re: How many decoys is too many? [Re: Jacob645]
sallysue Offline
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Registered: 02/21/06
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A bag of corn works better than deks

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#6615488 - 01/04/17 12:44 AM Re: How many decoys is too many? [Re: sallysue]
Team Porkchop Offline
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Registered: 01/25/12
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Loc: Alvin, TX.
Originally Posted By: sallysue
A bag of corn works better than deks


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#6615546 - 01/04/17 06:25 AM Re: How many decoys is too many? [Re: Jacob645]
BradyBuck Online   content
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Registered: 10/18/07
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Loc: Abilene, TX
With a good wind 2 dozen or more....with little to no wind 6-12 and a jerk rig.





That way it doesn't look suspicious when your hunting over baited corn...

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#6615562 - 01/04/17 06:37 AM Re: How many decoys is too many? [Re: Jacob645]
DPirates80 Offline
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I do a lot of walk-ins as well, and we usually set up around 24 or 12...

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#6615678 - 01/04/17 07:39 AM Re: How many decoys is too many? [Re: Jacob645]
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We used 18-20 dozen last weekend. Ended with 95 mallard drakes at the end of 5 days hunting. I think the extra decoys helped.
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#6615679 - 01/04/17 07:39 AM Re: How many decoys is too many? [Re: FowlDreams]
john paul Offline
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Originally Posted By: FowlDreams


2 acres is pretty good size. Might run a couple dozen at least


Thats a good point right there. When we use 3 decoys we are hunting a 1/4 acre pothole probably. 2 acres is 2 football fields side by side.
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#6615700 - 01/04/17 07:49 AM Re: How many decoys is too many? [Re: Jacob645]
Napa Offline
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Registered: 02/19/11
Posts: 42
Loc: McKinney, Tx
We hunt a small pond ( around 2 acres ). I start out with a couple of dozen early on, but will drop down to a pair on a jerk line now that it's later in the season.

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