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Old 12-02-2006, 09:01 PM
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Default Anybody use inflatable decoys?

I was at Wal-Mart tonight and they have inflatable decoys for sale. I think it was like $13 for 6 mallards. Anyways, they have a flat, weighted bottom on them and a valve where you can blow them up. I have three dozen regular plastic decoys that I currently use. I think they are the worst thing about duck hunting. Sometimes, I have to walk quite a ways and I'll be worn out after dragging my ginormous bag of decoys around. Has anybody tried these out? You could easily fit three dozen of these things in a small duffel bag. I could even use a CO2 canister to blow them all up with quickly. Thanks for any info!
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Old 12-03-2006, 09:21 AM
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Default RE: Anybody use inflatable decoys?

First open a bow and inflate 1
Look at how it looks and how shinny the paint looks
How easy was it to inflate it ?


They might have a different brand now , but .................

I had 2 doz 2 years back that were suposed to self inflate
Well on a warm day they inflated OK .
On a nice cold day they didn't
After giving the decoys mouth to butt a few time to inflate them .
I quit using them
Also After a season of hunting / dog running them over / riding around in the bag in the back of my truck .
The paint was chipping badly

I traded them to someone that just HAD to have them

IMO buy water keel decoys and use lighter anchors .
In the marsh I use 4 oz anchors , the anchors hold well in the water weeds
I take in 20 .
They fit in the decoy bag with the waders , shells , ect, I walk in with tennis shoes or knee boots
Because I walk in over a mile some times

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Old 12-03-2006, 07:52 PM
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Default RE: Anybody use inflatable decoys?

Inflatable decoys...too good to be true. I got 6 geese a couple years ago. they don't float well. They tip over alot with a little chop on the water. I havce used them in a field. They worked okay there. Durability is definatly a problem. only have 3 left.
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Old 12-04-2006, 08:44 AM
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Default RE: Anybody use inflatable decoys?

They are perfect for what they are meant for...small water, walk in hunts. Low impact.

They look great sitting on the water. Don't shine anymore than most non-burlap deeks do. A little wind moves them nicely.

Take them for what they are. For $13, if you do walk in hunts, or are hunting a small area, they are great. Don't take pellets from shooting cripples very well though.
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Old 12-04-2006, 09:22 AM
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I hunt over a self inflatable decoy made from a company called Deeks Decoys. They are pretty impressive and I have been very happy with them. You can read the review I wrote about them, it includes pictures, video, and my limit of ducks.

http://www.huntingnet.com/fieldjournal/fieldjournal_detail.aspx?nID=545


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