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Decoys #7330672 10/29/18 06:40 PM
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It looks like Iím going to be getting another 65 acres down at my cabin with a nice size duck marsh on it. What are your guys recommendations for decoys. Not looking for super cheap but would instead like a quality decoy that will last a while.

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I have tried just about every brand. My two favorites for durability and non-chipping paint are avian x and dakotas. Mine still look pretty new after a few seasons. Stay away from greenhead gear unless you like paint thatís falling off straight out of the box.

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Flambeau decoys also chip straight out of the box. Have had good luck with higdon.

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Spend the money and get Avian X. We hunt hard and they still look fantastic after multiple seasons. G&H are probably the toughest though and American made. Just don't have the realism like Avian X

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Dakota decoys all the way.

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Canít speak on longevity but my cheap game winner decoys have done well and havenít had any paint chipping issues. This will be season #3 for most of them.


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Wingshooting is like sex for me - I love doing it but I'm just not that good at it.

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Good hunting leases are like good bird dogs. You donít have them forever, but they leave wonderful memories.

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Where have yíall found the best place to buy them. Mackís? Or is there another favorite.

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Originally Posted By: wburke2010
Where have yíall found the best place to buy them. Mackís? Or is there another favorite.


What decoys are you thinking of buying? Many places will have brand and sometimes species specific sales goin on.


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Wingshooting is like sex for me - I love doing it but I'm just not that good at it.

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Good hunting leases are like good bird dogs. You donít have them forever, but they leave wonderful memories.

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Rogers and Mackís usually have good deals that include free bags and rigs and stuff.

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Where have yíall found the best place to buy them. Mackís? Or is there another favorite.


What decoys are you thinking of buying? Many places will have brand and sometimes species specific sales goin on.


Was just going to start with a dozen avian x to start. Not really sure how many I need?

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I've had my Avian X for 3-4 years and they look brand new.


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Originally Posted by Grizz
Wingshooting is like sex for me - I love doing it but I'm just not that good at it.

Originally Posted by Nogalus Prairie
Good hunting leases are like good bird dogs. You donít have them forever, but they leave wonderful memories.

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Originally Posted By: wburke2010
It looks like Iím going to be getting another 65 acres down at my cabin with a nice size duck marsh on it. What are your guys recommendations for decoys. Not looking for super cheap but would instead like a quality decoy that will last a while.



I would say you have read some good answers already...Avians, Dakota, Higdon and G&H are all quality brands. I'm going on season 5 with my Avians and they look just about like they did when I bought them. Keep ion mind if your on the X Academy game winners are the Bomb! To me decoys come down to a mans personal budget. High school and college kids do just fine with the cheeps. Those who have some mint in the piggy bank can buy what they want. They all work on the X and they all suck when you got your finger up your a$$ wondering what you did wrong. I like a quality decoy so I just stick with avians as they fit my budget.

That said....guys hunting strictly public land tend to want every advantage they can get. Realistic dekes, face paint, extra cover, etc...maybe the better brands give a very slight advantage all els being equal compared to the private hunters can get away with. Just a thought though...maybe the more experienced guys can chime in and give their 2 cents

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Avian X and DD just bought 7 dozen to freshen up my spread



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Rogers sporting and avian x


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I run a few dozen between avian x and ghg. I know a lot of folks have a negative opinion of ghg but mine have held up well with no issues. Iíve got gadwalls of both brands and the color scheme of the ghg is more realistic than the avian.

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Avian X and DD just bought 7 dozen to freshen up my spread


Dam Greek I like your style....7 doz on a fresher upper. I'm waiting to see your complete overhaul up

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Will be ordering some this weekend after my birthday. Still havenít decided if I will get the avian x or the Dakotas. If I am hunting say a 10 acre marsh how many decoys would you throw out? I was going to start with buying a dozen and then go from there?

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Originally Posted By: wburke2010
Will be ordering some this weekend after my birthday. Still havenít decided if I will get the avian x or the Dakotas. If I am hunting say a 10 acre marsh how many decoys would you throw out? I was going to start with buying a dozen and then go from there?


18-24 in the early part of the season, see how they react. Less and less through the end of the season. I may only set out 3-6 the last 2-3 weeks. Match what you see as far as the size of groups coming in after the first couple weeks.


Originally Posted by Grizz
Wingshooting is like sex for me - I love doing it but I'm just not that good at it.

Originally Posted by Nogalus Prairie
Good hunting leases are like good bird dogs. You donít have them forever, but they leave wonderful memories.

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What I have been buying about 10 years now.

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Will be ordering some this weekend after my birthday. Still havenít decided if I will get the avian x or the Dakotas. If I am hunting say a 10 acre marsh how many decoys would you throw out? I was going to start with buying a dozen and then go from there?


18-24 in the early part of the season, see how they react. Less and less through the end of the season. I may only set out 3-6 the last 2-3 weeks. Match what you see as far as the size of groups coming in after the first couple weeks.


This^^^last year, the last 2-3 weeks, i set 6-8 decoys in the X and i set myself 100 yards away from the decoys.
They all avoided the decoys and landed on the opposite side of the pond right next to me, over and over and over again, 12 straight days. They had seen too many decoys, spinners, bubblers, fountains, or every other gadget by then.

I use dakotas too, i love em. On a muddy marsh i try not to throw em, just place em, as their flocked heads dont like mudd and its hard to get it off when it dries off. You can also order extra heads to change every 2-3 seasons


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I have 10-12 dozen Greenhead Gear decoys and they are many yrs old and they still look great. I have Avian X, and G&H and they look just as good as the day I bought them.


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All this worry about paint and decoys, I wonder how the boys east of us make do?



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Originally Posted By: David Maas
All this worry about paint and decoys, I wonder how the boys east of us make do?




They shoot Remington Hypersonic. rofl rofl rofl


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