Expanding My Decoy Collection.

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By MossyOakMan83 - 10/12/2013 9:26:18 AM
I'm a little new to duck hunting, I've only been doing it for about 4 years; but I have always gone out with someone that had decoys. This will be my first year hunting by myself and I have started to acquire my own decoys. My question is, when placing your decoys is it ok to mix different duck types or should I group them apart,(woodies with woodies, teal with teal, etc.) any help would be greatly appreciated.
By Trackmyer - 10/12/2013 2:01:28 PM
When hunting on water the decoys are one spread but broken into groups by species.  We will have Mallards in a group, with teal on edge of them.  A couple blacks off to the side.  If woodies are in area we will put a couple pair of decoys around the edge of water near shore.  
When you watch birds fly in, either in a pair or small group they will land and swim together.  They will swim around other bird types, but usually stay in a little group.  I try to copy this in my spread.
By MossyOakMan83 - 10/13/2013 12:32:28 PM
By Alex Hilburn - 10/14/2013 10:33:21 PM
The best thing to do is watch ducks in their natural environment and take a cue from them.  With puddle ducks, they typically will mix with each other.  Mallards, teal, pintails, gadwall.....typically you can find these birds intermingling.  They all eat the same thing.  Species you may consider putting on the edge of your spread or even a little more isolated are Widgeon.  They're just mean sometimes competing for food.

If you're looking at divers, keep most species separate except Scaup and Ringnecks....usually they'll mix, and even if they don't, by the time the can see the difference between your decoys you need to be shooting anyway.  Goldeneye and Buffleheads typically keep to themselves, so definitely keep them to the side.

Overall, I don't think its just a huge deal.  Just do what the ducks do naturally and you'll be fine.  Don't over think it.
By Trackmyer - 10/15/2013 7:21:31 PM
Yes, no need to overthink it.  You may find some days where birds commit to landing into your spread without even doing a flyover first.  And then somedays they fly right on by like the decoys didnt even exist.  But its those days of working the birds in the air with calling, and getting them to commit and drop in to your spread that brings the biggest smile to your face.
By Alex Hilburn - 10/15/2013 9:27:30 PM
Just buy 3 robos, 5 swimmers/splashers and a vortex machine and you won't have to worry bout what your decoys look like.