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Decoy Anchors

Does any body have any suggestions for homemade decoy anchors. Being 22 and a college student doesnt provide extroidinary funds for such things as decoy anchors. I was able to pick up 3 dozen standard mallard decoys for $12.50 a doz at Academy Sports & Outdoors since they were on sale. I had thought about making my own mold and melting down some lead that I have lying around, I had also thought about simply cutting up a 10 ft piece of 3"x3" angle iron into 1" strips and drilling holes in the end. But any other suggestions?

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Use large washers. I have used them everywhere, even the ocean on windy days. My washers are about 2.5" across. Just about anything with a little weight will work.

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I like something that easily slips over the head of the decoy. Wrap line around decoy, put weight over neck. Done. Reverse is simple too. One thing I don' t like is a bag of decoys with tangled lines. I say `easily' because easy comes in handy in bad weather or short time frames.

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The large washer hook over the beaks after you wrap the line around the counter-weight so there is no tangle ups. They work really well but it may take some trial and error to find the right size for your decoys.

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Haven't hunted ducks in years and never over decoy's. Wondering what's wrong with a used wheel weight? They make great handgun bullet's, fishing weight's and a tomato paste can full of lead tied to an mty plastic milk carton makes a great marker bouy.

I believe that if women knew how versitle wheel weights were they would give up on bobby pins! Big smile

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Wheel weights would work just fine and you could melt them to make any weight you want.

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Thats what I was thinkin about. (wheel weights are the lead that I have lying around). I thought a bout making a mold out of some lumber and make the strap type anchors just like the store bought.

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Figure out how heavy you want them and weigh out that much lead to melt. Melt it and pour it in a tomato paste can with a heavy wire to tie to. What ever part of the can isn't full, just cut it away. Instent anchor! Make my anchors for marker bouy's that way.

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Save a little money as you can and when you get a little stashed away, set up your decoys right. Use the method in the link and you'll never go back to wrapping cord around the head. It's called "Texas Rigged" and I changed over all my dekes to this set up two years ago and I'll never go back to wrapping. I can put out and pick up 4 dozen decoys in less than 10 minutes. No tangle to worry about either if you do it right. Good Luck.
http://www.txwaterfowler.com/html_pages/duck_hunting/texas_rigged_decoys/index.htm

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