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Decoys to avoid?

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  1. waterswatter

    waterswatter Elite Refuge Member

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    I've decided to add numbers to our decoy spread and wondered if there are certain brands or items to avoid at all costs? I do know from experience that some windsocks tend to thrash about in winds above 15-20 mph. And some of the cheaper socks look like white triangles out in the field. And that the black on some windsocks looks too black and too bold (at least from my point of view).

    So, are there some decoys out there that, per common consensus, are to be avoided? I'll be looking at craigslist and garage sales for items.

    Thanks
     
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  2. hyper23

    hyper23 Senior Refuge Member

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    I would not buy DOA windsocks
     
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  3. likesbigspreads

    likesbigspreads Elite Refuge Member

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    Deadlies or skyflies for socks and avians for full bodies.
     
  4. jolle

    jolle Elite Refuge Member

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    You're not recommending the above? Curious what's your issues with skyfly?

    I think every decoy has pros/cons with none being ideal in all cases. However, I use all skyflys and a prior thread had a lot of recommendations on them.

    The cons I've had are a few have pulled apart during retrieval b/c the push nut came off the stake. This was primarily due to friction in frozen ground, and I now grasp the stake with my fingers to try to take some force off the push nut when pulling them out. Also, they have a 1/4" fiberglass stake which is more difficult to press into frozen and hard ground than spring steel of smaller diameter. This is not unique to skyfly of course, and I think a key decision in purchasing socks is fiberglass or spring steel stakes and that narrows down your brand selection. On the contrary, fiberglass holds the decoy in place very well through wind and doesn't have any death thrash in high winds.

    But still none are ideal for all cases. I've considered a mixed spread for the best of a few worlds. Right now I think I'd only purchase skyfly or Divebomb, and maybe White Rock.
     
  5. likesbigspreads

    likesbigspreads Elite Refuge Member

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    Sorry, should of said "Stick with these and you will be fine"
     
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  6. marshmob

    marshmob Elite Refuge Member

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    Deadlies or whiterock. Pros and cons for both but overall very durable and perform in high winds
     
  7. wyfarrell

    wyfarrell Senior Refuge Member

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    negooseman Elite Refuge Member

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    If you have to carry your decoys in, do not buy Deadlies. They are way too heavy to carry any distance. Great decoy otherwise.
     
  9. marshmob

    marshmob Elite Refuge Member

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    Guess I read it wrong. To avoid, tanglefree. To purchase, deadly or whiterock
     
  10. Donald

    Donald New Member

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    white rocks are on sale at rogers sporting goods now 10 dozen, 6 dozen snows, 2 dozen blues and 2 dozen juvies for $380
     

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