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#7048805 - 01/22/18 03:12 PM Ok how do ya'll get pintails down?
Exbellicus Offline
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Registered: 01/24/08
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Several days this season I've had lots of pintail high overhead but won't come down. Everywhere from singles to large groups. I don't have a ton of pintail decoys, but run around 70 decoys with a solid mix of mallard, teal, scattered puddle ducks, and divers. Tried with and without mojos and wonderducks. Tried not calling at all, giving them some quacks, and with and without a pin whistle. They just won't come commit! Over 150 ducks down this year, majority being GWT, Bluebill, Mallard, Gads. So whatever I'm doing isn't completely wrong. Are these just 'dumb ducks and I'm screwing something up?'

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#7048815 - 01/22/18 03:17 PM Re: Ok how do ya'll get pintails down? [Re: Exbellicus]
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I've shot quite a few pintails but in my limited experience they've got to come in early and if they are circling might as well forget it. Circle, circle, circle, circle...leave

Supposedly on the coast they decoy great.
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#7048834 - 01/22/18 03:31 PM Re: Ok how do ya'll get pintails down? [Re: Exbellicus]
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Loc: texas
More bluebill, redhead/canvasback, pintail decoys, less mallards and teal.
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#7048850 - 01/22/18 03:35 PM Re: Ok how do ya'll get pintails down? [Re: Exbellicus]
Triple7 Offline
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#7048864 - 01/22/18 03:42 PM Re: Ok how do ya'll get pintails down? [Re: Exbellicus]
KingHunter17 Offline
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Registered: 10/15/17
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I have shot 95% of my pintails over a dozen pintail decoys and 2-4 bluebill decoys. I rarely get pintails to come in with mallard decoys but do get a few to come in with widgeon and teal decoys. This year has been weird though as I have yet to shoot a pintail and have only seen a handful. I have also only shot 1 mallard this year where as I usually shoot quite a few.

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#7048873 - 01/22/18 03:47 PM Re: Ok how do ya'll get pintails down? [Re: Exbellicus]
Bluesea112 Offline
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Registered: 09/13/10
Posts: 209
Loc: West, TX
If pintails don't come in the moment they see your deeks, then they know something is up. They will circle your deeks many times while laughing and pointing, and then leave. I have never seen pintails circle a spread and then commit. It has always been circle, circle, circle, circle, gone.
However, I have had a group of pintails circling and then a separate pair of pintails shows up and comes right in.


Edited by Bluesea112 (01/22/18 03:49 PM)

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#7048881 - 01/22/18 03:53 PM Re: Ok how do ya'll get pintails down? [Re: Exbellicus]
Exbellicus Offline
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Kinghunter - do you still get other other ducks coming in with a pintail/Bluebill only setup?

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#7048891 - 01/22/18 03:58 PM Re: Ok how do ya'll get pintails down? [Re: Exbellicus]
KingHunter17 Offline
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Exbellicus- I do but they usually land near the bluebill decoys not the pintails. I put the pintails off to one side then a hole then the bluebills off to the other side. I have also put 4-5 widgeon decoys with the bluebills and the pintails still come in pretty good usually.

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#7048913 - 01/22/18 04:17 PM Re: Ok how do ya'll get pintails down? [Re: Exbellicus]
ZachW Offline
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Registered: 10/11/13
Posts: 223
Loc: Texas, TX
I've definitely had pintails come in, but like others said usually smaller groups or pairs. One of the best years for pintail for me was an area that was loaded with them- we would throw out a few pairs ~30 yards off from the main group of decoys and these lone pairs were pintail magnets.


Edited by ZachW (01/22/18 04:28 PM)

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#7048915 - 01/22/18 04:19 PM Re: Ok how do ya'll get pintails down? [Re: Exbellicus]
Exbellicus Offline
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Registered: 01/24/08
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Awesome, thanks guys. I'll add some pintail decoys to my off-season list.

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#7048951 - 01/22/18 04:53 PM Re: Ok how do ya'll get pintails down? [Re: Exbellicus]
Esh and Hattie Offline
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Registered: 01/05/14
Posts: 411
Loc: N Texas
I wonder how many opportunities I miss without pintail decoys. I'm N Tex too, not the coast or anything, seem to shoot plenty of pintails every year coming into mallard or gadwall decoys. I will agree with Bluesea, if they see something they will circle forever and then leave. 90% of the hunters I see don't hide well, can't hold still and call like a fool, and I think that has way more to do with it than having pintail decoys. Especially if it's a bigger group of them they do seem to be wary birds, but not impossible by any means. We've shot 2 on each of our last 3 hunts out, 1 pair, and the others out of groups 10-12.




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#7048961 - 01/22/18 04:57 PM Re: Ok how do ya'll get pintails down? [Re: Exbellicus]
noname124398 Offline
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Registered: 12/19/12
Posts: 33
Loc: Conroe
The ones that are a mile in the sky have their minds made up about where they want to go and there's not much you can do to change their minds. If they're flying low they're usually pretty easy to decoy but, like multiple people above have said, if they start circling and look pretty skeptical they will usually hit the road or land way outside your dekes. If that is the case you just have to wait and hope they'll circle directly in front of you / overhead and give you a clean shot.

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#7049064 - 01/22/18 06:22 PM Re: Ok how do ya'll get pintails down? [Re: Exbellicus]
beaversnipe Offline
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Registered: 01/17/10
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Loc: Uranus
spooney, teal and ringneck decoys, with 2 pintailbutts and 2 pulsators have been my drug of choice this season and it was highly effective. I like them small decoys as they show a bunch of white and they bounce around when less windy.

Barely used mallard, wigeon, red, or cans this season




Edited by beaversnipe (01/22/18 06:25 PM)
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#7049150 - 01/22/18 07:13 PM Re: Ok how do ya'll get pintails down? [Re: Exbellicus]
Randy H Offline
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Registered: 10/01/13
Posts: 34
https://youtu.be/RJhuieEgsSg

Try you one of these..

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#7049629 - 01/23/18 08:17 AM Re: Ok how do ya'll get pintails down? [Re: Esh and Hattie]
Charlie817 Offline
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Registered: 08/09/13
Posts: 227
Loc: NorthTarrant County
Originally Posted By: Esh and Hattie
I wonder how many opportunities I miss without pintail decoys. I'm N Tex too, not the coast or anything, seem to shoot plenty of pintails every year coming into mallard or gadwall decoys. I will agree with Bluesea, if they see something they will circle forever and then leave. 90% of the hunters I see don't hide well, can't hold still and call like a fool, and I think that has way more to do with it than having pintail decoys. Especially if it's a bigger group of them they do seem to be wary birds, but not impossible by any means. We've shot 2 on each of our last 3 hunts out, 1 pair, and the others out of groups 10-12.




^^^This^^^
Grandson and I went this weekend, very limited on time. Pulled a few dead trees to the shoreline to hide. LST ducks everywhere! Because no dog we were choosing our shots carefully. Ducks were pouring into the decoys, Pintails everywhere. When it became light enough to see well, they stopped. Then we saw the X on the X with a temp blind. Went there without decoys. Birds wouldn't land on X while standing in blind, they landed in our decoys. After kneeling in the blind at the X, they started landing on the X again. So concealment is very important, more so than we realized.

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