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Best Duck Decoys for Central Flyway
If you're hunting ducks in the middle part of the country it is important to have the right decoys. Here are the types of decoys that I take on every trip.
It shouldn't be surprising that we have mallards in our spread. It is one of the most common ducks in the world and probably the best to eat. Out of our hundred decoys we have four dozen that our mallards, with equal amounts of hens and drakes. Of the four dozen, one dozen of them are magnum size which I think helps in getting the ducks to commit to your spread.
In our area this is one of the most common ducks. The last few seasons we have actually seen many more gadwalls than mallards. We have around 3 dozen gadwall decoys all that are the same size. These decoys are great because they were cheap and do not need the same details that the mallards require.
We do not see many pintails when we hunt but we still carry one dozen pintail decoys to add a little variety to our spread. On the rare occasion that we have some pintails in the area that we have seen the day before, we will add another dozen to the spread to help get the ducks to commit.
Taking four goose decoys has helped us tremendously over the years. Using these goose decoys is a great way to funnel the ducks to where you want them to land. If you put the geese out away from you duck decoys, the ducks will try to land away from the goose decoys putting them right in your lap.
The last couple of years we have always taken one blue heron decoy with us when we go hunting. This is what is known as a confidence decoy. When the ducks see this decoys they will be reassured that your spread is a great place for them to land.
I hope these few tips have helped, and good luck next time you are out in the field.