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Want Light Decoy - But not G & H

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  1. captaininsano050

    captaininsano050 Senior Refuge Member

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    I want some G&H's b/c they're lightweight and paint is great, right? But they look like crap.

    So I think about Dakota packables. But the heads will look like crap after a season or two.

    So what are my options for good, long lasting, lightweight decoys?

    Right now I use a lot of Higdon magnum, foam filled, flocked heads. I love em. But I love them when we boat to a spot. For the walk in spots I want lightweight, long lasting, good looking.

    What to do?
     
  2. negooseman

    negooseman Elite Refuge Member

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    Higdon standard mallards. :tu smaller size, darker hens, and have held up well for the 3 seasons I've had them.
     
  3. Cocklebur

    Cocklebur Senior Refuge Member

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    Lucky duck mallard floaters, they are incredibly light and sit big on the water.

    Or, take a drill and empty the sand out of most standard decoy keels, that will reduce weight significantly.

    Good Luck:tu:tu
     
  4. buck_master_2001

    buck_master_2001 Elite Refuge Member

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    Doesn’t get any lighter than a 2 liter pop bottle 83D619BB-E59A-4A94-A743-DFE9C818D46B.jpeg
     
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  5. Take-a-Gander

    Take-a-Gander Elite Refuge Member

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    Whiterock are light and paint sticks like white on rice;)
     
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  6. Green Duck Truck

    Green Duck Truck Washington State Moderator Moderator

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    Honestly, we still often use the older Flambeau mallards (see pic) for hiking in. They are very light (if water keel, or made into water keel), pretty tough, and ducks decoy to them just fine. You can often find them used for $2 or less each. Not a bad option. :tu
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  7. NW BIRDHUNTER

    NW BIRDHUNTER Senior Refuge Member

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  8. NW BIRDHUNTER

    NW BIRDHUNTER Senior Refuge Member

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    Not all G and H look bad, their old style Canada floaters, standard Canvasback, and standard Pintail look fine. You can't beat them for durability though.
     
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  9. PorkChop

    PorkChop Elite Refuge Member

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    Another vote for the lucky duck floaters. Not only light weight but very tough. I initially bought one dozen of them and left them in the backyard for the kids to play with all summer. They got kicked, thrown around and not a scratch on the paint. Did have some light fading on them but nothing major. Probably not a concern unless you plan on leaving them out all season.
     
  10. freefall

    freefall Elite Refuge Member

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    My only knock on the lucky ducks are they are SMALL. Plus over the summer mine deformed and I cannot get them back.
     

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