Hardcore Goose Decoys

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  1. 81arnghunter

    81arnghunter Refuge Member

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    Anyone have any experience with Hardcore Full-body decoys or the shells?
     
  2. Spencer5100

    Spencer5100 Elite Refuge Member

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    Hardcores used to be the best thing on the market behind DSDs, but they are nowhere near what they once were. If you are referring to the newer ones, I would personally avoid them at all costs.
     
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    x2 on that comment! Buy good decoys and be done with it! Leave the Hardcores where they are.
     
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    The originals were the best goose decoy period.Now not so much.
     
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    Word has it the new canada models this fall will be soft plastic. Already saw video of a soft plastic mallard floater.
     
  6. salthunter

    salthunter Moderator Moderator

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    I would say they were the best looking most realistic goose fooling decoys of their time, but fragile as eggs. We had 14 dozen poly 2nd generation . I thought thye were very good also.
    But different owners over the next few years they arent what they were by miles.
     
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    I didn't find the originals nearly so fragile as heavy. Have some that still look pretty good despite being left out all season for what's become a lot of years. I preferred the weight and many poses of the '04s and '05s, but they had serious paint adhesion problems. Held onto them, too, thinking I'd repaint them some day - which hasn't quite gotten here yet.
     
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    The earliest HC were brittle.
    We bought a lot of the poly decoys,.. I had a handful with paint problems. The rest did great . The lessers were the airbrushed decoys I sold the last of them last year at this time,
    Somebody has to have those original poly molds, if a decoy was made with those molds and the ACE or materiel RDC uses I would own another spread,( well my buddy would)
     
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    Perhaps I've just been lucky (and don't toss them in a trailer), but a meaningless wingtip from one decoy has been my only breakage.
     
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  10. salthunter

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    Changing brands: I had an original DSD lesser a wing broke, Drove over some hard-sides, they did fine; but flying out of the pickup on the interstate was hard on a few,also a ladder went out from under me, I dropped 8 feet and cracked a decoy.
    Last week I had dug out all my DSD honker hard-sides,a 9 foot cabinet clamp went right through a felt winged hard-side honker,. That decoy had been on a lot of hunts , repainted once and looked great. But taking care of decoys and keeping them looking good isnt that much effort nop matter the brand. We sold a bunch of shells that had been on over 70 hunts, the guy thought they were new.
     

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