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How about shell snow decoys?

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  1. waterswatter

    waterswatter Elite Refuge Member

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    Wondering how shell decoys would work compared to the windsock or the full bodies? It seems that with a hole drilled in their back and a stake, they would move well in a breeze.

    Thanks for any input
     
  2. Birdcrazy

    Birdcrazy Senior Refuge Member

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    Should work just fine, but for numbers, a heck of alot more storage and weight as far as snow spreads are concerened.
     
  3. waterswatter

    waterswatter Elite Refuge Member

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    Thanks.

    I got to thinking I would buy a dozen and try them and others out by setting them in the shop and turn on the backpack blower and see how they move.
     
  4. Birdcrazy

    Birdcrazy Senior Refuge Member

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    They will move for sure. Question is, how much movement do you want? If they do not move enough for your liking, you can drill out the hole just a hair more and they will move more easily.
     
  5. Drundel

    Drundel Elite Refuge Member

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    My buddy has about 5 dz shells he mixes in with his FB. They move great, he worries when birds get too close they can tell the difference, but I'm not sure I buy that, just don't have the long stakes and they are closer to the ground and look fine IMHO.
     
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    tornadochaser Elite Refuge Member

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    If I was to ever use shells again, I wouldn't bother with the stakes. Setting 250-300 GHG 5/8 shells on the black "universal" stakes in the dark was a massive pain in the butt. The next spring we sold 100 shells, used that money to buy motion cones & real motion stakes for the remaining shells. At that point we had nearly the cost of a dozen lightly used FB into the price of those shells with cones. Sold most of them, kept 2 dozen to zip tie to layout blinds.
     
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    negooseman Elite Refuge Member

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    I wouldn't use shells unless setting a permanent spread and they were an incredible deal to buy. And I for sure wouldn't mess with using stakes on them unless I was staking them to the ground and not moving them.
     
  8. Drundel

    Drundel Elite Refuge Member

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    For the 5/8 with universal stake, I found 2-3 man teams work the best. One person having the stakes, one the shells, and one putting them together and in the ground.
     
  9. waterswatter

    waterswatter Elite Refuge Member

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    Thanks! Makes sense.
     
  10. canpoint

    canpoint Elite Refuge Member

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    Nope, been there, tried to move 240 of them, pain in the butt. Went with all socks.
     

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