Hunters can save money assembling a massive spread by buying used decoys during the off-season. Also, check out eBay and “hot buy” decoys at the end of the season. Again, quantity is more important than quality.
Don’t worry about setting decoys close to each other. If you look at big concentrations of ducks, you’ll see that there’s often very little space between birds. Be sure to keep decoy lines untangled. If you don’t, it won’t be long until your spread will begin to look “clumpy.” Leave an open area in front of the blind where ducks can land. The hole in front of our pit measures about 20 yards across. We line the hole with the freshest decoys we have since this is where incoming ducks will focus their attention.
We add motion to our spread on calm days with jerk strings, a Mallard Machine, four Pulsators, and assorted “hockey puck” wobblers. This year we also plan to test two Ice Eaters to keep water open during a freeze and to provide decoy movement on calm days.
A massive decoy spread is a highly specialized rig for a particular hunting circumstance. It’s somewhat pricey to assemble and takes work to rig, set out, and maintain. But in the right place and time, it can be the best decoy option. And when the birds are pouring in, the cost and effort are easily forgotten.