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#6792527 - 06/13/17 07:49 PM Decoys
chaseh2003 Offline
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I'm planning to buy some new decoys this off season but I'm still pretty new to the game. I like the looks of the gig pro grade and avian x. Any opinions on those, especially durability? Also, recently heard a guy say he doesn't hunt without flocked decoys these days. Are they really that great? I haven't seen many for sale or many people using them. Thanks

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#6792885 - 06/14/17 07:50 AM Re: Decoys [Re: chaseh2003]
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Go with Avian X and never look back. GHG duck decoys are trash.
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#6792912 - 06/14/17 08:06 AM Re: Decoys [Re: chaseh2003]
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Avian X is prob your best bet with maybe some mojo' s thrown in. I've hunted my decoys for close to 7 years without any real issues. I have a few dozen Flocked but only because I used to hunt out west and up north in some icey conditions. Depending on your environment I don't think it's really nessacary.
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#6792927 - 06/14/17 08:19 AM Re: Decoys [Re: chaseh2003]
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I been using G&H for over 5 years now, I like the way they look and they are very durable. I'm hell on decoys I don't think I have any with chip paint, the decoys have a rough surface not sure it is possible for the paint to chip.

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#6793032 - 06/14/17 09:29 AM Re: Decoys [Re: Guy]
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Originally Posted By: Guy
I been using G&H for over 5 years now, I like the way they look and they are very durable. I'm hell on decoys I don't think I have any with chip paint, the decoys have a rough surface not sure it is possible for the paint to chip.


X2 Your grandkids will be hunting those decoys. All others are Chinese crap IMHO
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#6793040 - 06/14/17 09:43 AM Re: Decoys [Re: chaseh2003]
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If you're running plastic decoy and they arnt G&H then you're an armature that most likely shoots an 870

quit wasting your money and buy quality that lasts
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#6793150 - 06/14/17 11:11 AM Re: Decoys [Re: chaseh2003]
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If you want decoys that look like cartoon ducks, get G&H. If you want your decoys to look realistic, buy Avian X.
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#6793167 - 06/14/17 11:22 AM Re: Decoys [Re: chaseh2003]
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if birds get close enough to tell they are cartoon characters you missed the shot calling opportunity and are going to end up shooting at tail ends anyway
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#6793298 - 06/14/17 01:09 PM Re: Decoys [Re: TTUhunter4]
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Originally Posted By: TTUhunter4
If you want decoys that look like cartoon ducks, get G&H. If you want your decoys to look realistic, buy Avian X.


So if I read this right, you're saying the ducks are able to tell the difference between G and H and GHG decoys? Is this that correct or no?
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#6793322 - 06/14/17 01:25 PM Re: Decoys [Re: chaseh2003]
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFGB0L2MDx0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QpZ43xrmHk

I talked to this guy on the telephone. I had a paint issue with some decoys. He made it right immediately. You can’t call the Chinese and tell them their paint sucks. I will always be a G and H fan.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hhpXqWdyUs
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#6793572 - 06/14/17 06:08 PM Re: Decoys [Re: chaseh2003]
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Originally Posted By: chaseh2003
I'm planning to buy some new decoys this off season but I'm still pretty new to the game. I like the looks of the gig pro grade and avian x. Any opinions on those, especially durability? Also, recently heard a guy say he doesn't hunt without flocked decoys these days. Are they really that great? I haven't seen many for sale or many people using them. Thanks


Here's what I have learned in just a few short years of duck hunting.

- if your hunting where the ducks are or want to be you can have the most expensive or the most cheapest decoys...you will kill ducks if you can shoot.
- The actual looks of a decoy matter more to the guy who bought them than it does to the ducks.
- The consensus in the duck community on quality brands can be narrowed to 3...Avian X, Dakota and G&H...and in no particular order.
- You should spend your time concentrating on....where your hunting, EFFECTIVE calling...and that could encompass not calling at all, quality waders/gear, and learning how to cook duck meat.

all that said I spent my money on Avian X cause...I could afford them, they look good to me and there very durable.

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#6793861 - 06/14/17 10:47 PM Re: Decoys [Re: BDB]
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Originally Posted By: BDB
Originally Posted By: chaseh2003
I'm planning to buy some new decoys this off season but I'm still pretty new to the game. I like the looks of the gig pro grade and avian x. Any opinions on those, especially durability? Also, recently heard a guy say he doesn't hunt without flocked decoys these days. Are they really that great? I haven't seen many for sale or many people using them. Thanks


Here's what I have learned in just a few short years of duck hunting.

- if your hunting where the ducks are or want to be you can have the most expensive or the most cheapest decoys...you will kill ducks if you can shoot.
- The actual looks of a decoy matter more to the guy who bought them than it does to the ducks.
- The consensus in the duck community on quality brands can be narrowed to 3...Avian X, Dakota and G&H...and in no particular order.
- You should spend your time concentrating on....where your hunting, EFFECTIVE calling...and that could encompass not calling at all, quality waders/gear, and learning how to cook duck meat.

all that said I spent my money on Avian X cause...I could afford them, they look good to me and there very durable.


Hit the nail on the head here!

To the OP - Another vote for Avian X here

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#6793940 - 06/15/17 06:42 AM Re: Decoys [Re: wal1809]
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Originally Posted By: wal1809
Originally Posted By: TTUhunter4
If you want decoys that look like cartoon ducks, get G&H. If you want your decoys to look realistic, buy Avian X.


So if I read this right, you're saying the ducks are able to tell the difference between G and H and GHG decoys? Is this that correct or no?


How did I say that in any way? First of all, I never mention GHG in my post at all. Second, I never said anything about what the ducks think of the decoys. Read the post for what it says. G&H decoys look like cartoons, Avian X look realistic.

We know birds have much better vision than we do, but none of us know how much, if any, difference realistic vs fake looking decoys make in the eyes of the ducks. No way to know unless some big scientific study is done or we learn to speak duck.

I also think Garrett's post with the old cliche "if the birds are close enough to see the difference they should be dead anyway" is laughable. I guess Garrett hunts over painted coke bottles and milk jugs since birds can't tell the difference.

The reality is none of us know how much of a difference the realism of our decoys truly makes, but if the point of a decoy is to look like a duck, why wouldn't I buy decoys that look realistic?
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#6793981 - 06/15/17 07:47 AM Re: Decoys [Re: TTUhunter4]
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Originally Posted By: TTUhunter4
Originally Posted By: wal1809
Originally Posted By: TTUhunter4
If you want decoys that look like cartoon ducks, get G&H. If you want your decoys to look realistic, buy Avian X.


So if I read this right, you're saying the ducks are able to tell the difference between G and H and GHG decoys? Is this that correct or no?


How did I say that in any way? First of all, I never mention GHG in my post at all. Second, I never said anything about what the ducks think of the decoys. Read the post for what it says. G&H decoys look like cartoons, Avian X look realistic.
Ok Avian X then, still the same Chinese crap
We know birds have much better vision than we do, but none of us know how much, if any, difference realistic vs fake looking decoys make in the eyes of the ducks. No way to know unless some big scientific study is done or we learn to speak duck.

The only science needed here is asking oneself, did the birds decoy to my cartoon decoys? Yes. No more science needed.

I also think Garrett's post with the old cliche "if the birds are close enough to see the difference they should be dead anyway" is laughable. I guess Garrett hunts over painted coke bottles and milk jugs since birds can't tell the difference. Garret hunts over, shoots and loses my G and Hs.

The reality is none of us know how much of a difference the realism of our decoys truly makes, but if the point of a decoy is to look like a duck, why wouldn't I buy decoys that look realistic?

Because Avian and GHG and the likes are made in China cheers

I reckon that day we shot 4 limits of ducks that can't tell the difference between a cartoon and a chinese knock off.





Edited by wal1809 (06/15/17 08:04 AM)
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#6793989 - 06/15/17 07:56 AM Re: Decoys [Re: chaseh2003]
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I've killed limits of green over a couple inflatables. Literally like 5 and one had his head chewed off by a squirrel.

If I was to buy high end decoys I'd want durability and warranty. Also only one decoy is made in America. Choice is clear.
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