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#7024718 - 01/04/18 12:25 PM Mixing decoy species question
DFWpublichunter Offline
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Registered: 01/31/17
Posts: 117
Loc: Dallas, TX
So I got some pintail decoys for Christmas. I'm very grateful, excited to use them, and looking forward to filling out my decoy spread a bit. But, I don't think I've seen a pintail while hunting, and my current small set of decoys includes teal and a few mallards.

My question - will adding pintails to teal and mallards look unnatural to real ducks? Would it be better to exchange the pintails for mallards, or something else to create a good general decoy set?

Thanks for the help!
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#7024722 - 01/04/18 12:27 PM Re: Mixing decoy species question [Re: DFWpublichunter]
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#7024727 - 01/04/18 12:30 PM Re: Mixing decoy species question [Re: DFWpublichunter]
Nitro27 Offline
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Registered: 11/06/12
Posts: 546
Loc: Terrell,TX
Your overthinking it. Use the pintail decoys. We have several species in our spread. We do sometimes keep them segregated. though i am not sure it makes a difference.

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#7024754 - 01/04/18 12:48 PM Re: Mixing decoy species question [Re: DFWpublichunter]
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This time of the year, try 2 pockets of 12 decoys each, real thight, with a pulsator in the middle of them. Works great


Edited by beaversnipe (01/04/18 12:48 PM)
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#7024759 - 01/04/18 12:54 PM Re: Mixing decoy species question [Re: DFWpublichunter]
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I like to use just a few pintail just because of the white on the decoys. I usually use mine to look like swimmers coming into the group.
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#7024831 - 01/04/18 01:35 PM Re: Mixing decoy species question [Re: DFWpublichunter]
mdryg1970 Offline
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Registered: 01/06/16
Posts: 156
Loc: Fort Worth
I always use a 1/2 dozen or so pintails on the outskirts of my mallards. Has worked for me.
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#7024894 - 01/04/18 02:28 PM Re: Mixing decoy species question [Re: DFWpublichunter]
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^^ What the last two guys said. For a duck that is primarily black and white they sure are racists. Unless I'm hunting the coast or somewhere else where I know they are stacked I put a few by themselves on the edge of the spread. Almost like a confidence decoy.
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#7024898 - 01/04/18 02:30 PM Re: Mixing decoy species question [Re: DFWpublichunter]
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Ducks look like ducks to ducks

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#7024939 - 01/04/18 03:02 PM Re: Mixing decoy species question [Re: DFWpublichunter]
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Confidence decoy. I think it’s good to mix a few in or throw a few on the outskirts of another group of dekes.
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#7025220 - 01/04/18 06:00 PM Re: Mixing decoy species question [Re: DFWpublichunter]
bentman Offline
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Do pintail swim with mallards?
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#7025271 - 01/04/18 06:26 PM Re: Mixing decoy species question [Re: bentman]
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Originally Posted By: bentman
Do pintail swim with mallards?


Shot a widgeon, mallard and sprig out of the same group two weeks ago. All came in as one group.

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#7025517 - 01/04/18 09:31 PM Re: Mixing decoy species question [Re: DFWpublichunter]
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#7026053 - 01/05/18 10:05 AM Re: Mixing decoy species question [Re: DFWpublichunter]
mdryg1970 Offline
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Loc: Fort Worth
Mallards will fly with anything it can mount up on at some point in time, got a Pintail/Mallard mix on the wall. The guy that mounted it said he had done several mixes of mallard and other ducks.
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#7026155 - 01/05/18 11:12 AM Re: Mixing decoy species question [Re: DFWpublichunter]
rickym Offline
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Registered: 06/14/15
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I never put out a spread of one type of duck.
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#7026370 - 01/05/18 02:21 PM Re: Mixing decoy species question [Re: mdryg1970]
Quackshack80 Offline
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Registered: 12/12/15
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Originally Posted By: mdryg1970
I always use a 1/2 dozen or so pintails on the outskirts of my mallards. Has worked for me.
Originally Posted By: mdryg1970
I always use a 1/2 dozen or so pintails on the outskirts of my mallards. Has worked for me.

I do the same

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