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  1. Rick Hall

    Rick Hall Elite Refuge Member

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    I have not experimented with UV paints, but one of the best speck hunters in our area is an inveterate experimenter who repainted the butts of his DSD speck fullbodies with UV white and concluded it was for some unknown reason unexpectedly counterproductive. Said painting over it with Rustoleum flat white had birds finishing as they should again.

    Wasn't my experiment, but I've spent enough field time with the fellow to value his opinion - and bother trying it myself.
     
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  2. Tuleman

    Tuleman Elite Refuge Member

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    I can understand why you would form the opinion you have, but....
    It's very difficult to directly compare decoy effectiveness. Every hunt is different; different weather, different days of the season, different birds, different competition nearby, different locations and times of day sometimes. Even different years, possibly..... There is never a 'control' when you are hunting.
     
  3. Phytoplankton

    Phytoplankton Elite Refuge Member

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    Quite true, which I why I said it was totally unscientific.
     
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  4. freefall

    freefall Elite Refuge Member

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    Thanks for the feedback guys. I'll look into parker's and Ronans then.

    Now to figure out what colors....
     
  5. Billy Bob

    Billy Bob Elite Refuge Member

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    Parkers has a color chart for each bird that shows what colors are needed. Makes it simple for us not so artistic painters.
     
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  6. Rick Hall

    Rick Hall Elite Refuge Member

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    But is it reasonably accurate? Been a while, but the last time I looked, their painted example mallard looked awful...
     
  7. Billy Bob

    Billy Bob Elite Refuge Member

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    I preffered the old Herters latex pants, much better colors and easier to work with. I have only tried a couple of the Parkers colors for wigeon and they were close. I don't carve mallards anymore so I can't comment on those colors. My mallards plastics get rattle canned and a little detail with brushes.


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  8. Billy Bob

    Billy Bob Elite Refuge Member

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    Same old drivel from him. Always the same argument to discredit people. You see what you see and I see what I see. We have enough experience in the field to know how birds react day to day.
     
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  9. Mean Gene

    Mean Gene Moderator Moderator

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    Here's a few color combinations if you end up using Ronan's. There's a couple mixes that have some Rustoleum. This is just what I can find that I actually wrote down. The numbers listed are "parts" of paint, i.e. 4 parts flake white, 1 1/2 parts poster red, etc.


    Paint Combinations

    Spec Bill
    4 Flake White
    1 ½ Poster Red
    2 Orange
    ½ Raw Umber

    Hen Mallard Base
    3 Raw Sienna
    1 Van Dyke Brown

    Wing Tips
    1 Flake White
    1 Van Dyke Brown
    1 ½ Raw Umber

    Drake Wigeon Sides
    1 Burnt Sienna
    1 Flake white

    Wigeon Gray (head)
    1 Flake White
    1 Van Dyke Brown

    Light Tan
    3 Flake White
    1 Raw Umber

    Cream
    12 Flake White
    1 Raw Umber

    Hen Pintail Back Secondary Highlights
    8 Raw Sienna
    1 Burnt Sienna
    1 Raw Umber


    Drake Canvasback Head (works for redhead as well)
    1 Burnt Sienna
    1 Raw Sienna
    1 Flat Brown (Rustoleum)

    Hen Canvasback (light brown)
    2 Flake White
    1 Burnt Sienna

    Light Gray
    4 Flake White
    1 Drop C Black
    (Or just use KUSH Lt. Gray FME)

    Dark Feathers Hen Mallard Back
    1 Burnt Umber
    1 drop C Black
    2 Raw umber

    Cinnamon Teal Red
    1 Burnt Umber
    2 Raw Sienna
    1 Flat Brown (Rustoleum)

    Drake Mallard Head
    1 CP Green Dark
    1 Drop C Black
    1 Hunter Green (Rustoleum)

    Bill Paint (All from Lock, Stock and Barrel. FME paint, straight from the can)

    Drake Mallard Bill
    Yellow/Gold #19

    Hen Mallard Bill
    Orange #20

    Drake Pintail bill
    Bill Blue #17
     
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