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Decoy spread

Any of you guys have a favorite decoy spread that you would like to share? For either ducks or turkeys.

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I like to mix blacks with mallards. I rarely place any more than 3 dozen decoys at a time. I like the put them in groups of 8-10 birds to the left and right of my blind and then put a couple of singles in front. the small flocks seem to be attracted to the singles and easily come in range. I also like to put 4 Canada geese in the pond away from the ducks as confidence boosters.

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Hey CheasterGolf, what is your bag limit on ducks up were you live?
I like your idea of your spread.
I mix mine also but I don't use as many.

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We have a 5 duck per day limit with 10 in possession (freezer)at any given time. The geese are 2 per day and 5 in possession. It doesn't take long to get your bag limit. My brother and I take a couple of rookies along so we can stretch the hunt time a little. The extra hands don't hurt for dragging the decoys around either. :smile:

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We have a 1 black duck limit, can't take any the first 4 days. 2 woodies or 2 mallards or 4 teal but no more than 4 total in any 1 day.

Divers we can take 7 a day

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I like to use two dozen Greenwing teals, a dozen mallards, a half dozen wigeon and a half dozen sprig. I like mixing the spread so it looks different from everyone elses in the area.

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that's a bunch of dekes. i pack mine in so i like to keep it light. 20 Mallards and 4 Pintail (two drakes/hens) just for something a little different.

odd thing today as i was out though. i was setting up on a point with the wind blowing across it to create a widward and a leeward side. i set up most of the dekes on the sheltered leeward side with just a couple set up straight off the point. birds flew by that set up for a couple of hours without so much as a second look. out of desperation i moved about 10 of the mallards out of the sheltered side and into the wind. immediately (literally before i could get back to the blind) birds started dropping in like paratroopers. Mallards and Wigeons all over the place. my only fault was not setting them out far enough off of the point. the birds were landing on the far side of the dekes making for some fairly long shots. oh well, live and learn.

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Location: Texarkana, AR USA
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HI!!!!!

We usually put out 3 or 4 doz mallards...in two groups as someone else has stated.

Sometimes we use the J-hook pattern....other times the ol horseshoe pattern.

We have a few teal we throw in, also some pintails.....we have some wood duck decoys but rarely use them.......

Gonna add some blacks this year and some ringnecks.......maybe some geese.

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Has anyone use a remote control decoys? One that will swim around?

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