Circular stand full body replacements?

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  1. nick b

    nick b Senior Refuge Member

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    I recently acquired a dozen full body Higdon mallards in a trade, but their replacement circular stands are $60 per dozen! Does anybody have any suggestions on places to find cheaper or used stands?

    I can cut stakes out of 1/8 inch steel rods pretty easily, but wouldn't be able to use them on ice (not too big a deal - have goose shells also)
     
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    GUNNERX2 Elite Refuge Member

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    There was a fellow selling circular stands in the classifieds not too long ago. Might do a search. Seems that they were pretty dang cheap.
     
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    Billy Bob Elite Refuge Member

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    Maybe try getting a local shop to make some for you. Would probably be much cheaper than the cost of the stand plus shipping costs.
     
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    Tuleman Elite Refuge Member

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    Nick, I'd make those stands and put a short crossbar on them to keep them from going through the ice. Then, take a battery-powered drill with you on your hunts (with the correct size drill bit chucked up) and drill holes in the ice for the stake. That's how I do it after freeze-up. This way the decoys don't blow downwind, the bases are lighter and pack more handily, and they look a lot better than the circular bases on the ice, too.
     
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    negooseman Elite Refuge Member

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    Yep, Avery/GHG bases. I bought a bunch from him. I think they were $1/base unless you bought alot. He is in South Dakota.
     
  6. nick b

    nick b Senior Refuge Member

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    Good looking out! I've got a PM sent over his way.

    That's a good idea, I don't know how to weld though. I imagine the stake would work alright even without a cross bar depending on ice thickness. If the guy with the circular stands for a buck still has them, I'll probably order those and see how they work.
     
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    Rick Hall Elite Refuge Member

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    Mean Gene Moderator Moderator Flyway Manager

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    Rick Hall Elite Refuge Member

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    Never measured that, just bent a 2' rod where need be for the decoy's bungee to hook on and used that first for a pattern. Also made some up of longer rod for use in water. Bend is a big help both for driving into clay soil and retrieving from such at hunt's end.
     
  10. Mean Gene

    Mean Gene Moderator Moderator Flyway Manager

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    OK. So 2 ft rod is probably 10" on either side of the bend. Excellent concept. :tu
     

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