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  1. HONKEREXTREME

    HONKEREXTREME Senior Refuge Member

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    2DFBDF2C-2AD3-4DFE-BAB7-C383ABE6E1E1.jpeg This makes #11. My goal is a dozen hand carved by me to hunt over. I’ve done 1 all wood and 10 cork body wood heads, has taken couple years working on them when I have time. Lol.

    I will continue to carve more after #12
     
  2. Aunt Betty

    Aunt Betty Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Used to go "meh" on the carver threads but then I looked at my decoys closer they're cast from molds of hand carved decoys. :doh
    I started studying a little and looked at the tools.
    My hands hurt thinking about it.
    That's very cool to have a shop set up and you're working in it. Probably smells different. Thanks for sharing and if I insulted you years ago which is possible...forgive me please..
    Cool hobby. Nice work. :tu
     
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  3. byf41

    byf41 Senior Refuge Member

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    Your determination and effort will be worth it when you see a flock coming into them with their wings cupped.
     
  4. reddogge

    reddogge Senior Refuge Member

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    Nice job. Keep at it.
     
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  5. Neighbor Guy

    Neighbor Guy Elite Refuge Member

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    The best hunts I have are those done over hand carved birds. Even when the shot count may be a little lower some days and they are a little more work to deploy and pull in.
     
  6. WHUP ! Hen

    WHUP ! Hen Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    I have come to believe that birds will stool to hand carved birds better than plastic. Not that they are more realistic but that they are different from the spreads they have seen all along the flyway. Opinions are like xxxholes, everyone has one, that’s mine.
     
  7. creedsduckman

    creedsduckman Elite Refuge Member

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    I think they ride the water better, more natural. I have about 5 dozen cork gunners I carved about 12-13 years ago. We use to hunt over them all the time but they haven't seen the water in years. I remember the first time I hunted over a rig of GHG decoys after having hunted over nothing but my birds for a long time. There was a decent breeze that day and I remember the sound of those decoys slapping the water as they rode the chop. I thought to myself the ducks are gonna have to be deaf or dumb to decoy to this noisy rig.
     
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  8. Tuleman

    Tuleman Elite Refuge Member

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    Agree. Wooden or cork decoys are much more quiet.
     
  9. Rogue Hunter

    Rogue Hunter Elite Refuge Member

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    Never looked into it, but where do you buy cork? Got a picture of a painted/finished decoy? thanks
     
  10. Phil in MO

    Phil in MO Elite Refuge Member

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    https://theduckblind.com/ Is a good place to start.
     
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