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I've been looking into full bodies. Was wondering if you guys use the Lesser Decoys. I can see using the bigger ones for visibility or can i mix them up a bit. Also, was wondering if it hurt my goose hunting to buy like a dozen FB mallards to throw with the goose decoys. Even though i dont see ducks very often. Any advise would be great!
 

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I sure don't have a degree in decoyology or pretend to have all of the answers....but I will be happy to give my opinion on your questions, based upon experiences.

First, the lesser question. I just added a half dozen of the lessers and the guy I hunt with added a half dozen as well. They were on sale at a really good price so we each bought a box...came with the dekes (flocked heads) both motion bases and motion stakes and a slotted bag for $100.00....at first we didn't like them. Till we got them in the spread that is. They seemed pretty small - but they really added something to the spread. Good movement and they look realistic. So, I would say as a filler and for motion it is a good addition to a spread. Another plus is I keep all six in my layout blind...mine doesn't collapse - so I can shove them in the foot section and up under the head rest when I put the blind in the back of the truck and they don't take up any additional space.

Now to the duck question. A couple of different things with it.

First - I was on a scouting mission this evening. I saw two different spots where there was ice with geese standing on it.....both places had between 150 and 300 geese....but both places also had a dozen mallards mixed in with them too. So, I would say yes. It kind of surprised me they were mixed in like they were. I have a dozen full body mallards and use them when I am field hunting. I try and keep them separate from the geese though by about 30 yards and segregate them out to themselves...just always have. I also have robo's with remotes...so I can put a robo or two with them if I want birds to see the flash from a long ways off with the option of turning them off with the push of a button.....geese seem not to like the spin based upon my experience....while the ducks seem to use them as a magnet in a dry field....again, based upon my experiences.

I would end it with this....it isn't any different than fly fishing....use the fly that matches the water. In other words, if there are mallards dry field feeding in the area...like in most places right now....I think it is a good idea to use them as it looks natural....if it s a bit later when the smaller birds are pretty much pushed through...maybe not such a good idea.

There you go.....not enough merit to earn you a cup of coffee at a casino probably - but some thoughts based upon experiences.

Hope you smack em good.

dabs
 

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dabs I may know of a place close to you that you may be able to use a couple of those on Tuesday if there are no ducks SE of you.:rock:
 

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I got to thinkin bout that after we conversated this afternoon....I do have to be three blocks from your house Tuesday at 1ish anyways......I just might have to give you a call after tomorrows recon mission to see what is up.
 

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An 8am to 11:30 shoot would be just perfect:rock:
 

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Originally posted by hoyt7
I've been looking into full bodies. Was wondering if you guys use the Lesser Decoys. I can see using the bigger ones for visibility or can i mix them up a bit. Also, was wondering if it hurt my goose hunting to buy like a dozen FB mallards to throw with the goose decoys. Even though i dont see ducks very often. Any advise would be great!
Using lessor decoys will only help your spread. Big geese feel less threatned by the small geese and I use them in my kill hole. I also mix them in w/ the big decoys just to give realism. you can transport more lessors then big ones and they are cheaper.

I don't ever use duck decoys when field hunting for geese. Ducks feed VERY aggresively anf the geese know that. Geese are very greedy birds and they don't like to share much. I have seen ducks and geese in the same field hundreds of times but I don't think it helps at all.
 
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