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Five Spreads for Late-Season Waterfowl

Heat up your winter waterfowling action with these expert decoy strategies

Weather-Driven Decoy Tactics

Changing conditions means that one decoy strategy may not be the best option day in and day out. Modifying decoy spreads based on weather conditions mimics lifelike waterfowl behavior and may improve your odds. These five expert tips will allow you to know when, and how, to give your decoys a new look.

Why You Should Go Bottoms Up

Today's decoy manufacturers have taken realism to the extreme. Here are some useful tips from three veteran waterfowlers on how to use these decoys to bag more birds.

Field Notes: Decoy Spreads and Retrievers

Dog trainer Mike Stewart explains how to train your dog to deal with distractions like decoy spreads, motion decoys, and jerk strings. Visit ducks.org/DUTV for other DU TV Better Waterfowling Tips and more.

Field Notes: Open-Water Decoy Spreads

Captain Bob Wetherald of Maryland's Mid River Guide Service talks about setting decoys for diving ducks and sea ducks in open water. Visit ducks.org/DUTV for other DU TV Better Waterfowling Tips and more.

Big Decoy Spread Yields Big Results

So, how many decoys are enough? According to veteran hunter Crispin Powley of Paris, Tennessee, more is always better.

Bring Old Decoys Back to Life

Worn-out decoys can ruin an otherwise good waterfowl hunt. After all, when ducks and geese lock up and drop toward your spread, it's because they believe your decoys are the real thing.

Five Small Spreads for Ducks

Here's how to make the most of a limited number of decoys in five common waterfowl habitats. Illustrations by Kevin Hand.

Create a Mixed-Species Decoy Spread

Learn a Texas guide's approach to decoying several species with one, well-placed decoy spread.

Secrets for Early Geese

Hunting resident Canada geese during the early season can be feast or famine. Great opportunities exist for goose hunters who are willing to do the work necessary to put themselves on the X. See 10 tips from members of the Avery Outdoors pro staff that will help you bag more geese now and later in the season.

Texas Rigging Decoys

If you hunt mostly in shallow water, you might want to Texas-rig your decoys. Tim Soderquist, a former waterfowl guide who now works for Ducks Unlimited in Texas, rigs all his decoys this way. "A big advantage of Texas-rigging is how quickly it allows you to put out and pick up your decoys," he says. "But it also really cuts down on tangles."

Create a Landing Zone for Ducks

Use specific decoy patterns to get duck to land on the 'X'.

How to make a jerk string

A jerk string provides realistic movement to any decoy spread without having to mess with batter-powered machines.

Making Waves

Motion is crucial when dealing with decoy-shy birds. Here's a sampling of cutting-edge motion decoys to help shake up your spread


A complete listing of our decoy strategy articles

3 Decoy Strategies for Ducks

The saying goes that if your decoy spread ain't broke, don't fix it. But if birds are starting to become wary of your setup, it might be time to mix things up a bit. We have some tips from one of the nation's top duck hunters to keep the birds guessing this fall.

Super-Natural Spreads

Create an ultra-realistic decoy spread that imitates the behavior and body language of live waterfowl

Freshwater Marsh Decoy Spread

Tips to create an effective spread on a freshwater marsh

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