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  1. ajj16

    ajj16 Senior Refuge Member

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    Some of my buddies and I are in the process of trying to get a snow goose spread together, just wondering some opinions from you snow goose guys.
    Have you had much success w/ repainting old duck and goose floaters for snows? Much success decoying the birds to these type of decoys?

    We are going to have b/t 150-200 floaters repainted when it is all said and done. We are going to mix in an additional 100-200 socks on the shore and land (depending on where we are).
    We plan on hunting the spread in the afternoons to catch migrators looking for a drink/roost. Some of our spots will just be pasture ponds, but we might have a cornfield w/ a pond as well. We have 2 alpha dog coyote calls that have snow goose tracks that we are going to use for E-callers. My buddy is also rigging up some flying machines, so we might have 2-3 of those as well.

    I know some people are hard believers on the the U-vision paint, and some not so much. I think we are just gonna go w/ regular matte/flat white and black rattle cans and some clear matte/flat finish and some orange for the bills.
    Just curious as to what you guys think of a set up like this?

    I've done some decoy setups for snows in the past w/ some limited success. Jumping is our most productive way (since we don't have $15k in decoys).
     
  2. ziggy4450

    ziggy4450 New Member

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    Most of our floater spread is old flambeau honker floaters painted white. We have some newer, factory snow goose floaters in the mix but a good chunk is re-purposed floaters. They work just fine. I can't speak to the success of U-vision paint but I can say regular matte white and black will work just fine.

    Good luck starting out. 150-200 floaters is a great start!
     
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  3. likesbigspreads

    likesbigspreads Elite Refuge Member

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    We started the same way, used a plastic specific primer from Sherwin Williams and a white top coat that I think was desinged for plastic as well. One gallon of each did 100 of the old Flambeau goose floaters.
     
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  4. negooseman

    negooseman Elite Refuge Member

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    I did old duck floaters once and tossed them after that season. Old goose floaters are much better. If I was to run floaters now, I'd have them out in the marsh/water with nothing else, a great hide, and some low volume snow goose sounds going on. Of course, a water/field spread is great too but all water is the 1 type of spread they don't see much of.
     
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  5. DANNY NEWELL

    DANNY NEWELL Elite Refuge Member

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    I am going to paint my old flambeau super mag mallards into snows.
    Did some a few years ago and they look nice.

    Danny
     
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    ten times better Senior Refuge Member

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    I've had real good results with glidon flat outdoor paint holds like iron on plastic and foam we didn't even prime [ make sure they r as clean as possible] ours have held up for 3 yrs now on both canadas and snows
     
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  7. Il. MudDuk

    Il. MudDuk Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    I would think for "filler's", duck decoys would work ok.
    I painted just a few mag. size hen mallards into snows, or more specifically into Ross's, and have had snows swimming with them with no concern.
    I have some old Herters styrofoam, old (1980's model ) Flambeau snows (& Canadas painted into snows), a couple Carry-Lites, Higdons and Tanglefree's and the snows dont seem to mind swimming or flying into the mix-max brand spread.

    Krylon or Rustoleum flat enamel paints are my preferred choices in ref. to brands of paint to use.
     
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  8. CamoHunter870

    CamoHunter870 Elite Refuge Member

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    Nothing wrong with using old duck and goose floaters and turning them into snows to beef up a water spread or just save some money.

    I like a mag. or super mag mallard decoy and use Dutch Boy Max Bond outdoor paint to paint my floaters. Match up colors to say a GHG decoy at a hardware store, 6 pk or more of beer and a guy is good to go.

    Here's some of them that I did last summer that will be used this spring when I'm in my layout boats:
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  9. black brant

    black brant Senior Refuge Member

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    Great paint job.
    Those will work.
     
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  10. ajj16

    ajj16 Senior Refuge Member

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    Those look awesome, nice work!
     

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