Leave them out or bring them in.

Discussion in 'Decoy Forum' started by Pastor, Sep 25, 2017.

  1. Pastor

    Pastor Senior Refuge Member

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    For those who hunt private spots do you leave your decoys out or bring them in each time? Pros? Cons? Geese? Ducks? Field?water?
     
  2. Hossdog

    Hossdog Senior Refuge Member

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    both. depends on the spread and the size of it. in all honesty, i think bringing them in and putting them out when you hunt works better for geese. i have never noticed a huge difference either way when it comes to ducks.
     
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  3. DEADEYE

    DEADEYE Elite Refuge Member

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    Steve,I believe they will get use to them, Id pull them and hunt different spots on the lake.
    Sun is hard on some decoys when left out all the time.
     
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  4. negooseman

    negooseman Senior Refuge Member

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    I always pick mine up. If you have an influx of fresh birds on a regular basis, I doubt it matters much. Hunting the same birds day in/out, IMO, leaving decoys out would be a hindrance.
     
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  5. theduckguru

    theduckguru Elite Refuge Member

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    Leave them out. That way the paint fades, junk is growing on them, and the duck figure your hole is a trap and come over to mine.
     
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  6. boatdriver

    boatdriver Refuge Member

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    Leave mine out for the season. We hunt flyway birds anyways. Nothing holds in our marsh. No harm in leaving them out. Buy cheap ones every year... That way, when some get shot or dry rot, just replace them.
     
  7. GUNNERX2

    GUNNERX2 Elite Refuge Member

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    Hunting smaller water, I don't put out many so picking them up is not a big effort. The decoys stay looking good for a longer time. I do leave 1 decoy out each place I hunt (private) to mark where the jerk string is located.
     
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  8. WHUP ! Hen

    WHUP ! Hen Elite Refuge Member

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    If you leave them out you are going to have to account for wind changes. We leave a few out and then set the rest according to the wind. Works for us.
     
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  9. longshot

    longshot Senior Refuge Member

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    We put them out before season and leave them out. We set them up with 2-4 different lane to the hole. These lanes are based on typical winds, openings in the trees, and where the sun hits at different times of the day. It is not really practical to put out and pick up 40 dozen at each hole daily.
     
  10. Pastor

    Pastor Senior Refuge Member

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    The only reason I want to leave them out is that most of my hunting happens before work and packing up the decoys really digs into the hunting time. And also I'm usually driving my work van because I hunt on property that work owns and I report to work on the same property. They definitely become a pain to work around when the van is loaded up with them.
     

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