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Discussion in 'Decoy Forum' started by Mean Gene, Jan 1, 2019.
Those bad boys will be in the water next weekend!!
Looks like I'm on the low end of the range for time invested, and it certainly shows in the quality of the finished product. But then I'm not sure the ducks (especially divers) care that much. I guess for me the trade-off is numbers versus quality for hunting decoys.
4-7 hours depending on size of bird. All hollowed wood
Attached cans I will have 4 hours a bird at the most on.
Attached wigeon will be about 8 hours start to finish.
Mighty fine looking working decoys you got there Swamplvr. Here's a batch of my crude decoys waiting for final painting, which is my least favorite part of the process.
that is an impressive rig of birds, wow
You must have a ton of patience prairiebirder. I don' think I could carve that many in a row and then sit down and paint them all.
You better get busy and start painting. If I had that many to paint some of them might be ready for next fall. Excellent carving.
Thanks guys. Actually when I get to the painting stage with a batch of decoys, I bog down and start carving another batch. One thing I do that's a bit different is in-lay the heads into the bodies with a dowel up thru from the bottoms. Seems to add a bit of strength.
I'm gonna be honest... every part is pretty much my least favorite part. However when they are done and I'm happy with my finished product I love it. Even more so when there's dead ducks piled on them.
I also run something up in the heads for strength. Usually a screw for teal and a lag bolt for big ducks. The few swan and geese I've done I put dowels in the necks.
Your Tornado filter is screaming to be put out of it's misery, lol.