Have plastic decoys peaked in realism?

Discussion in 'Decoy Forum' started by Clayton, Apr 13, 2018.

  1. Glades Ranger

    Glades Ranger Elite Refuge Member

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    I have both magnum and "life-size" plastic decoys...do any of you mix these and is there any strategy/rationale for how you set them out? I've tried putting the magnums as outliers and life-size closer in- is this logical or is there any "science" for the opposite setup?
     
  2. Fowler267

    Fowler267 Elite Refuge Member

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    I never worried much about the size difference. If at all, I would put the larger decoys up wind to make the whole spread look larger. I do put my best decoys where I try to make the birds land. Put them in the sun if hunting a hole etc.
     
  3. Glades Ranger

    Glades Ranger Elite Refuge Member

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    Ok, similar thinking...I usually put my cork ones in the "zone".
     
  4. salthunter

    salthunter Moderator Moderator

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    Decoys have made some amazing changes over the years.
    Since Im more of a goose hunter than duck hunter the past 15 years The changes have been incredible.
    I believe much better decoys could still be made.
    I prefer the look of my 2-piece DSD Honkers over the new 1-piece decoys. But I prefer the size of the new.
    Paint quality will likely improve.
    A few decoys I have always likes it the "swan decoy" by what ever company is producing it. I also like the usability of my G and H teal decoys.
    I just wish there was a stackable mid-sized sleeper goose "shell" style decoy that looked like the DSD full body sleeper!
     
  5. Billy Bob

    Billy Bob Elite Refuge Member

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    I always put the larger decoys in close when I mix because looking at those large decoys can cause issues with range estimation. (sometimes they seem to appear closer because they are large) I like to have the life size birds where I want to take the shot, theory being that when the ducks appear near the size of the decoys I know what range they are.
     
  6. Rick Hall

    Rick Hall Elite Refuge Member

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    At least to my eye, mixing sizes in a spread helps add to it's illusion of life. So when I used both magnum and "life-sized" mallards, I mixed them.

    (Now just scatter a few teal among my little pods of mallards for the same effect.)
     

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