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Mixing decoy species question #7024718
01/04/18 06:25 PM
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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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Re: Mixing decoy species question [Re: DFWpublichunter] #7024722
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Re: Mixing decoy species question [Re: DFWpublichunter] #7024727
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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.

Re: Mixing decoy species question [Re: DFWpublichunter] #7024754
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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

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Re: Mixing decoy species question [Re: DFWpublichunter] #7024759
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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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Re: Mixing decoy species question [Re: DFWpublichunter] #7024831
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I always use a 1/2 dozen or so pintails on the outskirts of my mallards. Has worked for me.


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Re: Mixing decoy species question [Re: DFWpublichunter] #7024894
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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.


Re: Mixing decoy species question [Re: DFWpublichunter] #7024898
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Re: Mixing decoy species question [Re: DFWpublichunter] #7024939
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Confidence decoy. I think itís good to mix a few in or throw a few on the outskirts of another group of dekes.


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Re: Mixing decoy species question [Re: DFWpublichunter] #7025220
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Do pintail swim with mallards?


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Re: Mixing decoy species question [Re: bentman] #7025271
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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.

Re: Mixing decoy species question [Re: DFWpublichunter] #7025517
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Re: Mixing decoy species question [Re: DFWpublichunter] #7026053
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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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Re: Mixing decoy species question [Re: DFWpublichunter] #7026155
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I never put out a spread of one type of duck.


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Re: Mixing decoy species question [Re: mdryg1970] #7026370
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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

Re: Mixing decoy species question [Re: DFWpublichunter] #7026487
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Thanks for the info guys. Hopefully I'll get out next week to try these new dekes out.


My pack is usually heavier when I leave. I really need to stop collecting rocks.
Re: Mixing decoy species question [Re: DFWpublichunter] #7027775
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Now that we are on a thread like this, letís say that you throw out a dozen mallard dekes but you only know how to use the pintail/teal whistle. Will the ducks see that there are only mallards and flare on the whistle?



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Re: Mixing decoy species question [Re: DFWpublichunter] #7027802
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Re: Mixing decoy species question [Re: DFWpublichunter] #7027810
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Mixing is fine

Re: Mixing decoy species question [Re: DFWpublichunter] #7027894
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