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  1. juviesoup

    juviesoup Senior Refuge Member

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    First time this spring we are going to try and do some hunting over water using a large floater spread. Hunted pasture ponds in the past and sheet water using socks/full bodies but never with a actual floater spread. As of right now we plan on running 20-30 dozen floaters with either 5-600 full bodies or 1200 silosocks or a mixture of the two. Always keep a decent sized spread in the trailer for chasing xs in the morning or whenever the wind presents itself to be the best, ride the rest of the day out in the "migrator spread"

    Anyone have any pictures of water spreads?
    Any misc tips?
    Anyone used jerk cords for snow floaters?
     
  2. jzoo

    jzoo Senior Refuge Member

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    Very very quiet on the tunes when they get close.
     
  3. NC Ducker

    NC Ducker Senior Refuge Member

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    It works much better in area that don't have water everywhere.
     
  4. negooseman

    negooseman Senior Refuge Member

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    How do you plan on hiding?
     
  5. hannibal

    hannibal Senior Refuge Member

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    We run about 10 dozen floaters, 10 dozen full bodies, 10 dozen 5/8 shells on motion cones, 10 dozen headed deadlies, 50 dozen Sillosocks, 50 dozen whiterock/FeatherTek headless, 4 rotaries, 3 mechanical Sillosock flappers and 20 fliers. Yes, we mix our decoys and hunt a 20 acre wetland hole/dry field setup.........as temperatures rise in the Spring birds arriving want the water more and more. Good luck
     
  6. juviesoup

    juviesoup Senior Refuge Member

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    Depends on what we end up hunting. Layouts, whites, or a frames.
     
  7. tornadochaser

    tornadochaser Elite Refuge Member

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    We messed with floaters one spring in SD, dealing with ice sucked. Shot birds, can't say we shot any more or any less than just setting up in a random cornfield in a migration path though.
     
  8. juviesoup

    juviesoup Senior Refuge Member

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    Have a couple ice eaters for the ice hindering anything.
     
  9. hannibal

    hannibal Senior Refuge Member

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    We have run our ice eaters as well but really don't seem to matter much until warms up as that is when we start noticing the birds interest in water peaking. The young birds trailing the migration really seem to be drawn to our water at this time. Before that we generally do better on our hilltop soots.
     
  10. juviesoup

    juviesoup Senior Refuge Member

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    Makes sense. More than likely we will have corn running up to or near the water so our primary focus wont just be birds looking to loaf. I'm more concerned with those cold nights you get in the spring sometimes and getting sheet ice in the spread more so than opening up a hole for the first push of birds that come through.
     

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