Well, the quick and simple answer is somewhere between 15-30 yards. Preparing your decoy spread can be fun and straightforward as long as you keep a few basics in mind. You want your decoy spread to appear natural. You want the space between decoys to match how close actual ducks sit.
How close should duck decoys be?
Location of the decoy spread is critical for several reasons. The basic rule is to keep the sun, wind, and right amount of cover at your back. The spread must be close enough to the blind that ducks or geese are not prone to landing out of shotgun range. Decoys should not have any obstructions.
How many duck decoys should I use?
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.
How can I tell if my duck decoys are antique?
Vintage waterfowl decoys often have glass eyes. Check the bottom of the decoy. Some carvers carved their initials and date the decoy was made into the bottom of the decoy. Factory-made decoys almost always have this information stamped onto a metal tag on the bottom of the decoy.
How do you tell ducks apart when hunting?
Light conditions might make them look different, but their size and location are positive keys. The sound of their wings can help as much as their calls. Flying goldeneyes make a whistling sound; wood ducks move with a swish; canvasbacks make a steady rushing sound. Not all ducks quack; many whistle, squeal, or grunt.
Why are duck decoys so expensive?
“The reason valuable decoys are so valuable is because 90 percent of them were repainted or had their heads broken off, so the ones that are left in good condition are the best ones and go for high prices.” According to Guyette, most of the decoys he sees in appraisals are worth about $100.
Is it bad 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.
Will ducks come back after being spooked?
if they’re just resting while passing through, chances are they won’t come back in any event. once they get up, they’re gone to the next rest stop. regardless of how bad or how little they’re spooked. if they’re hungry, and it’s a good feeding spot, they won’t be gone too long.
Do ducks land in front or behind decoys?
Ducks come in from behind you and right over your head. This is tough shooting and tough decoying. If hunting a pothole or inland water, make the set with the closest decoys at about 45 yards distance, or if on a small pond, against the opposite side.
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.