Decoy Spreads


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By Jamers - 8/23/2009 10:07:22 PM
Hey guys, I hunt on private land that my family owns, is it legal to leave out decoys on our pond?
By Harlan - 8/23/2009 11:13:41 PM
yes
By Jamers - 8/23/2009 11:54:08 PM
So I can just leave them out from the start of the season?
By Teach Me - 8/24/2009 6:29:45 AM
you should check your regs to make sure but I know in MN you can leave them out as long as it's private. I don't know if I would leave them sitting on the water though...I guess I don't know if the paint would fade and make them look bad. But you can leave them out.
By mjwendorf - 8/24/2009 7:51:54 AM
Most of your private clubs will throw there decoys before the season starts and not pick them up until the season is over.  Makes for some easy hunting.
By Dmac681 - 8/25/2009 3:37:55 AM
In WI it would be Illegal.
By arkansashogs18 - 8/25/2009 9:56:10 AM
Thats legal probably anywhere, how would it be illegal to leave a plastic duck out on your property?
By Brd Hntr - 8/25/2009 10:43:37 AM
arkansashogs18 8/25/2009
Thats legal probably anywhere, how would it be illegal to leave a plastic duck out on your property?

In Wi you can't leave any decoys unattended on the water.  Even if it is on your own property. 

By TimberDuck - 8/25/2009 12:40:06 PM
Check the regulations like the other guys said. That will be your best bet. I actually don't like the thought of leaving decoys out since the ducks may get habituated to the sight of those decoys, but I have never hunted on club land or private land except for refuges, so I dunno. Sure would be harsh on your decoys leaving em out there in the weather like that. I would discourage it. Private land is special because you don't have to work as much as the public guys do, lol. I am jealous, I know.
By cwood - 8/25/2009 2:51:26 PM
Brd Hntr 8/25/2009
arkansashogs18 8/25/2009
Thats legal probably anywhere, how would it be illegal to leave a plastic duck out on your property?

In Wi you can't leave any decoys unattended on the water.  Even if it is on your own property. 

What doesn't make any sense to me is that you can leave field dekes out unattended (printed in this year's early goose regs).  Any ideas why?

By drake4 - 8/25/2009 7:42:59 PM
dont know where your located but here in missouri you can leave them out on private land all season. just not on public land.
By mjwendorf - 8/25/2009 8:01:01 PM
In TN you can leave your deks out for the whole season on some public waters.
By Luedy22 - 8/25/2009 8:12:28 PM
im not 100% but i do believe that you are not aloud to do this in wisconsin. me and a buddy of mine were on our pond and the dnr saw us setting deks and came and said we needed to wait 20 more minutes. idk maybe im wrong or the guy didnt know it ours
By Brd Hntr - 8/25/2009 10:19:22 PM
Luedy22 8/25/2009
im not 100% but i do believe that you are not aloud to do this in wisconsin. me and a buddy of mine were on our pond and the dnr saw us setting deks and came and said we needed to wait 20 more minutes. idk maybe im wrong or the guy didnt know it ours

In Wi it is fine to leave decoys on dry land unattended but it is illegal to leave them on the water unattended (you must be within a certin distance from them I think its 50 yards).  You also can't set your decoys out until within an hour of shooting in the morning and you must pick up your decoys within 20min after shooting in the afternoon. 

I don't know why the rules are like this but thats the way it is.