Decoy raft effectiveness

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  1. CA Hunter

    CA Hunter Senior Refuge Member

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    some GWT fell for it, that was it
     
  2. 1bigduck

    1bigduck Senior Refuge Member

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    Hunted Redheads over them a few weeks ago, they worked great. When you see rafts of divers especially when it's cold they sit together as close as they can get. I wouldn't use them for puddle ducks, they may sit close sometimes but never that many that close.
     
  3. grande long

    grande long Refuge Member

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    the raft could work for puddle ducks in a rare occasion, its for the diver guys.
     
  4. bufflehead1

    bufflehead1 Senior Refuge Member

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    I hunt with nets. I use 10' x 15' with 60 decoys per net and 13' x 18' with 80 decoys. I also use longlines with about 20 decoys each, 3' to 4' apart. I use 8 to 12 singles scattered around each net.

    I like my decoys tight. The area I'm hunting they raft up in tight groups.
     
  5. grande long

    grande long Refuge Member

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    rafts look like a smaller version of this bunch
     
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  7. CA Hunter

    CA Hunter Senior Refuge Member

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    The raft 6X12 does not look like that.
     
  8. shooter

    shooter Elite Refuge Member

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    wait... what???
    You said cold and he said California. :l

    Seriously, there are times when birds are naturally clumped up, but if that's the only rig you have set up it won't look natural in CA. Our "winter" was very mild this year, we usually only have 2 weeks of freeze in the majority of the state (especially in the valleys where the majority of the birds are).

    If you were to make a raft work here, I'd think you'd want to have a bunch of other dekes around in looser groups, maybe some closer together and some further apart. Not all birds are going to be on a feeding frenzy at the same time.
     

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