Buying decoys

Discussion in 'Decoy Forum' started by Cedarlakeforge, Sep 23, 2017.

  1. Cedarlakeforge

    Cedarlakeforge Refuge Member

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    im looking to buy a couple dozen more decoys. I need your alls input. I will be hunting my own spots so I'm planning on leaving them in the water during season. What do you all think about leaving them out and what are the best decoys for that. No one can get to my spots so I'm not worried about getting them stolen. Kinda leaning toward avian x. But want your input.
     
  2. CA Birdman

    CA Birdman Elite Refuge Member

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    I hunt flooded rice and leave them out all season out here in CA. I bought some Avian Xs and Higdon foam filled last year - teal and widgeon. I clear coat mine before I put them out. The Higdon decoys held up a little better than the Avian decoys. Mine are out about late October and get picked up by 1st weekend in February. I hope for 4 to 5 years for the paint to hold up but on my decoys like pintails I spray paint the white every year.
     
  3. Cedarlakeforge

    Cedarlakeforge Refuge Member

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    Thanks , I'll try the clear coat. I was looking at the Higdon also , I may get a dozen of each.
     
  4. Billy Bob

    Billy Bob Elite Refuge Member

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    Be sure to read up on applying clear coat or you can end up with it looking cloudy and some can even shine if done wrong. LOTS of info here. The basics are low humidity and several light dustings.
     
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  5. Rubberhead

    Rubberhead Elite Refuge Member

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    Yep. I've gotten the best results by putting decoys in the August sun and letting them get so hot you can hardly touch them, then spraying light coatings of matte clear coat from about 12" away. I'm guessing here but I think the principle at the microscopic level is to create a coating of tiny droplets rather than a smooth, flat film. The dry air and hot surface allows the sprayed droplets to dry before creating a surface tension. The droplets make a rough surface that will diffuse the light better than a completely smooth surface.
     
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    81arnghunter Refuge Member

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    Higdon foam filled if your gonna leave them out!
     
  7. Cedarlakeforge

    Cedarlakeforge Refuge Member

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    Does that matte clear coat come in a spray can? Like rustoleum or something.
     
  8. SPOONKILR

    SPOONKILR Elite Refuge Member

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    yes at most hardware stores.
     
  9. Cedarlakeforge

    Cedarlakeforge Refuge Member

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    this man is serious about his clear coat. I like it.
     

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