Let's get away from the decoy brand feuds for awhile and discuss decoying strategies on public ground. Maybe we can learn something from each other that would improve the duck hunting experience for everyone. I think it would be interesting to see what species of decoys guys commonly use and how they set them. Growing up in Kansas, most of the ground we hunted was private and decoying mallards was no big thing, but I've found a huge learning curve trying to understand public ground birds over the past 20 years. Every year brings new understanding and new tactics and strategies. My buddy and I are always joking on the way home after a good shoot how we have finally figured it out, but knowing the same set up will not necessarily work the next time out. Public ground is a dawn to dusk shooting gallery here and you have to make continual adjustments to remain successful. I've said it many times here that being different is crucial to success, but there are guidelines, set up rules so to speak, that you kind of have to stay within for the ducks to decoy successfully. We don't get it right all the time, but we do our fair share of damage. Rules like landing zones, stops, directional lines, etc. I hunt rivers and small creeks exclusively, so moving water is an ever present part of the scene, which is a bonus. Still, even with moving water, most decoys are motionless. A jerk cord like the Rig'em Right system we use is priceless. We don't use spinners anymore, they just seem to have no effect or a negative effect. Motion is critical. We use a six pocket bag to store our Rig'em right set up. It holds 5 decoys and it's way faster and easier to keep them attached and in a pocket bag, that way we don't have to rewind every time out. I set my decoys in multiple broken groups with distinct and obvious landing zones. I use multiple species with as much black and white as I can, but shoot primarily puddle ducks. We use a variety of duck species with a focus toward wigeon. My sets usually include, 2 swans, 2-8 goldeneye, 2-12 wigeon, a few bluebill or redhead, and a pair of western grebes. I use the western grebes just as I would a coot decoy and for the same reason. While the coots are generally in large groups, the western grebes are in singles or pairs and the wigeons decoy to them very well out here in the west. Swans are not only a distance attractor, a kind of a homing beacon of sorts, but they mean food to a wigeon.