Help with Homemade Canvasback Decoys

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  1. Jim Dandy

    Jim Dandy Elite Refuge Member

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    I have seen homemade can decoys that consist of a wood head, a block of foam, and a tire tube wrapped around the foam. Does anyone have experience building this type of decoys? I am looking to build bigger blocks for big open water hunting, and these look like the ticket. Not looking for realistic feather detail, just big blocks with body, head, black and white painted. Materials? Basic step by step? Appreciate all help.

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    WHUP ! Hen Elite Refuge Member

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    You’re going to need white on most for the bird and I don’t think you could get paint to stick to rubber.
     
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    Rick Hall Elite Refuge Member

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    Pretty sure the only place I've seen photos of such inner-tube blocks was on the CA forum, so they may well have been a regional thing.
     
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    callinfowl Kalifornia Forum

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    Nate, Remind me to send you a picture of a few old jumbo mallard decoys that we're made out of white dock foam, then coated with several coats of exterior latex paint which formed a hard shell over the foam. They are old delta decoys that Mr Avon Marlini made years ago.
    He was an amazing Carver, but these blocks were what he left out during the season so they are nothing fancy, but more than effective. He used Herters head on his hunting blocks.
    I'm thinking even I could make something like these out of free foam found on the river.
    I found a picture, they are the two blocks on the bottom right shelf.:tu
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    Jim Dandy Elite Refuge Member

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    Dan thanks you know the type of can decoys I'm talking about I'm sure you've seen/used them over the years. They are still used and made in the Delta bays. They are great for numbers and visibility on big water spreads. Even old Ed Snyder floated them!!

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    If Ed gunned over em, they have to be good! I'll talk to my decoy carving buddy today, he'll know what you are talking about
     
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    callinfowl Kalifornia Forum

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    Yup, I've found them all over from Mandeville out to San Pablo.
    Ed was a great guy, I got to hunt the Greenhead club in the marsh a few times with him.:tu
     
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    Jim Dandy Elite Refuge Member

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    I've got my info guys thanks.

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