Some decoys better than no decoys?


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By jwinders - 11/14/2012 1:37:41 PM
I have recently moved from Virginia to Oklahoma and my buddy always had plenty of decoys. Now that I am in Oklahoma I am starting to acquire my own decoys. So my question is if I just buy a set of mallard decoys right now (money is tight) and use those will that be sufficient for this season? or should I go ahead and spend the money on a set of coot decoys or something like that?
By Critter - 11/16/2012 6:06:16 PM
I would use what you have, and when money allows you to, buy some teal, gadwalls, pintial, widgeon, mallard, woodduck decoys.  What ever duck you have that flys in you flyway, I would buy those kind of decoys.  Have manly mallards.   just my 2 cents.
By JoJer - 7/24/2013 10:50:29 PM
Don't forget to look around for used decoys. They can help stretch your budget. Look new? $2.00 ea. Show wear? $1.00 per.
By NJ217bands - 8/3/2013 12:00:11 PM
If you jump shoot or pass shoot you don't need decoys. You can get good, cheap decoys at yard sales, Craigslist or EBay. I made 84 hunts last season and downed 176 waterfowl with no decoys.
By TexasPublicDucks - 8/23/2013 10:47:08 AM
In my experience, small numbers of decoys can actually be better in certain circumstances (early season especially).  You don't need 3 dozen decoys to have a good hunt.  The most important thing is to be where the birds want to be.  Get out there and do the necessary scouting and then set-up your small spread on the X.

I also disagree with the comment that most of your decoys need to be mallards.  I'm a big proponent of a mixed spread that represents the types of ducks that are in your hunting area.  I use a lot of teal decoys myself, and they tend to be a little less expensive than the full-size mallards.  I've heard some hunters swear by coot decoys as well, but I've never used them myself.

Good luck this season!



By Honker-Konker - 8/28/2013 3:21:54 PM
If you are where the ducks want to be you can get by with a minimal spread of decoys. Me and a buddy shot 4 woodies and 4 mallards on a little farm pond by using 3 woody decoys and 3 mallard decoys. 6 total decoys and we had a great hunt for our location.
By Ducky192 - 8/30/2013 1:42:51 PM
I usually use no more than 8 to 10 decoys and like many here mostly Mallards. Ebay is the palce to go
By Team870 - 9/12/2013 2:32:01 PM
I use mainly mallards, with on pair each of teal, gadwall, widgeon. Just bought a 6 pack of coot this off season, haven't had them out yet.
By Sbrinlee - 9/21/2013 9:34:48 PM
I live in Southeast Oklahoma and what we mainly see down here are Mallards Gads Teal woodies on the creeks Ring Necks on the lakes. Can't go wrong with mallard deeks in this part of the state. I will agree that you should learn what ducks are in your area the most and go from there.Also when it comes to geese canadians are the norm. Very seldom do I see snows or specks.