If you are going to hunt ducks in a serious manner, you’ll usually need at least two dozen decoys to start out. And more is better, since for waterfowl there is safety in numbers. Unless you throw your decoys in a boat and haul them around that way, you’ll need a good decoy bag or two for carrying them.
How many duck decoys do you need?
On smaller, confined waters, a spread of six to 36 decoys should be sufficient. On larger waters or dry fields, hunters should put out as many decoys as practical. I never heard of anybody scaring ducks or geese away because they used too many decoys. Typically, the more, the merrier.
Can you have too many duck decoys?
But generally, large spreads work best for big-water ducks or high-volume mallard and honker field shoots. A spread with 200 decoys isn’t out of the question in either situation. Conversely, when hunting streams or small potholes, a dozen or fewer suffice. Packing too many blocks in a small area won’t look natural.
Is a dozen decoys enough?
“Two dozen decoys are more than enough,” he says. “I use Greenhead Gear pro-grade mallards in a variety of body postures, including swimmers, butt-up feeders, surface feeders, and no-head feeders.”
Is it OK to leave duck decoys out?
The birds will wise up over time and realize the decoys are not real. Depending what brand decoys you have leaving them out will be real tough on the paint, GHGs have a tendency to fade and discolor. IMO it is better for you to just pick them up and reset them if at all possible.
When’s the best time to duck hunt?
Time of Day: It is believed that the best time to hunt for waterfowl is during the first hours of the morning after dawn. However that belief has been challenged by hunters who find their most successful hunts happen in the afternoon or early evening.
How long do duck decoys last?
How long do your decoys last before you have to paint them or buy new ones? Either because they leak or the paint is chipping. I would say mine usually last 3 seasons give or take.
Do wood ducks and mallards get along?
The Wood Duck stuck out from the larger Mallards, but seemed comfortable within the flock. The Mallards, likewise, seemed to have no problem with the Wood Duck. Wood Ducks and Mallards sometime cross breed and have hybrid Mallard X Wood Duck offspring.
How do you get high flying ducks to decoy?
Try placing the spinning wing decoys at the front edge of your decoy spread with the head pointing into the wind and towards the rest of your decoy spread. This will make it look like a duck is just preparing to land which can add some comfort to the incoming ducks.
Are black duck decoys worth it?
Most will be mallards, but one dozen will be black duck decoys for extra visibility. Black or dark-colored decoys stand out better. They’re easier for passing ducks to see, so I add these in to increase my spread’s visibility. … “This spread is especially effective in the late season, when ducks are getting decoy shy.
How many decoys do you need for a rice field?
Re: Huge spread in flooded rice? imo.. 6-12 decoys,a good caller and a good blind is all you really need.. no matter if you hunt a big lake or open field.
How many dozen goose decoys do I need?
I’ve done great with 12 decoys per hunter. It takes this many to conceal a hunter in a layout blind. Cochran echoes Bartz’s advice: “You’ve got to be in the center of the bullseye—right where the geese want to go—when you’re hunting with three dozen or fewer decoys.