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Title: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Mike Herrmann on February 07, 2017, 11:45:39 PM
So I've been hunting timber for two seasons now. I'm totally hooked now. This stuff brings on a whole new set of logistics to work out. Since the green tree reservoirs and sloughs we hunt require a mile or more hike through the woods, decoys suddenly become quite a challenge. The guys I hunt with use inflatables and can pack a decent spread in a couple of backpacks. I went along with that, but finally brought out 6 homemade mallards in a six slot bag. Not exactly a big set of decoys.

So now I'm out to create a custom decoy to suit my needs in the Timber. And I think I'm on to something.

So I'm wondering if any of you walk in with decoys and what kind of decoy set up do you Bring?  Anyone use low profile foamers to fit more decoys in the bag?
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Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: george williams on February 08, 2017, 07:32:29 AM
Think about a decoy sled if you insist on carrying your own stuff in.  This way, you can free your hands up for other tasks.  Ages ago, I switched over from bags, simply because they were just a pita to choulder.  You can also think about making balsa dekes!
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Bill Clark on February 08, 2017, 09:41:19 AM
We don't have much walk in hunting around here but i have used a cabelas floating backpack bag and herters mod 72 sukduk decoys. I think the bag weighs about as much as the decoys. I epoxied my 72's to help with wear issues when placed in a common bag. Works for me.
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Lloyd Heins on February 08, 2017, 09:43:03 AM
I'm fixing' to attempt something similar.  My plan is to hollow out a foam body (Suc-duc style) with no bottom or keel.  Balsa wood for the heads.  I'll coat it in west systems epoxy to create a durable ouster shell  then run 3' line with 1 oz weight.  Should hold them in most situations.  Seems to work in my mind.  I told my wife I wouldn't carve foam anymore but I can't seem to get her to pack my decoy bag either.  What ever happened to "for better or worse"?  lol
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Vince Pagliaroli on February 08, 2017, 10:53:22 AM
The sled that George mentioned works very well indeed. My walk in rig is canvas/wire, canvas/slat, puddle ducks, and very light black cork teal.

When I did lots of timber hunting years ago for Mallards & Black Ducks. I used very light plastic decoys that floated in a mesh bag. Never more than 6-7 decoys were needed and Canada Goose decoys worked the best, with a few Mallards or Blacks.

When birds were working, we stood close to large tree trunks and kicked our legs to give motion to the decoys and ripples in the water. It was mighty fine hunting and worth the long walks, long as ya knew where the submerged beaver runs were... A good stout walking stick is a must.

How many times have you dropped your gun in the water so far? Sooner or later it's bound to happen. :)
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Mike Herrmann on February 08, 2017, 12:43:13 PM
George, I forgot to mention that the mile walk is in dry woods before we arrive at the sloughs. Too many big trees laying down in our way too.  I bet that sled would be great if my walk was in the shallow slough. May work for some of the spots.  Thanks.

Lloyd and Bill, I'm definitely thinking about foam bodys with suc duc bottoms.  I'm also thinking 3-inch tall foam body.  I should be able to fit three bodys in one bag slot.  I'm also thinking about making a pvc receptacle at the neck that pbootyes thru the body.  Then a removable head with a 2-inch stud and eye ring.  The eye will have a snapped decoy line and a cylinder shaped weight smaller dia than the pvc.  The whole thing slides, weight first into the top of the receptacle; head plugs in and just sits there for the hunt.  Keep all the heads and lines (tangle free) in a separate bag . When I get to the hole plug them in and hunt.

Wind is never an issue in the timber, so don't need much weight and decoys will be wide anyway and wont flip in wind (in case I use them in a more open environment).

Vince, you are surely right.  A young kid hunted with us on a 20 degree day a few weeks back.  Dropped his gun.  Instant Popsickle. Loaned him my extra set of gloves so he could stay.  Next week another buddy went down and got water in his waders at 18 degrees.  Had to go in a 8:00am.  Gonna happen. 

Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Phil Boyles on February 08, 2017, 12:53:46 PM
Hire a sherpa.  Glad I could help.  :P
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Vince Pagliaroli on February 08, 2017, 02:57:37 PM
Mike - We always went in at shooting time, or much later, never in the dark. Listened to where the birds were, then eased in until they flushed, and then set up. When pairs and small groups returned we would shoot. Large flocks = Do Not Shoot. Why wise up lots of birds and push them deeper into the timber?

It was strictly forbidden to shoot any birds on the flush. Many of our best hunts were when other guys had gone home, after going in at dark to their spot.

Those were the days before neoprene waders and really good gloves. So ya had to be careful, but $hit happens. We prepared as best we could for each hunt.

More than once I had to dip my 1100, after dropping it in the water, to get it unfrozen to function again. Then pronto tear it apart, dry it off and hope for the best.

Drying everything, cleaning guns and getting ready for the next hunt was a PITA but well worth it.

I'd say that there are no easy ways to walk in timber hunt, thank goodness. ;D
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: george williams on February 08, 2017, 06:31:18 PM
I used the sled to drag stuff from car to blinds-in some cases a half mile or more. Grbooty, fallen timber, water. I just liked the idea that it was possible to tow stuff behind me, freeing up my hands. It just made sense to avoid putting any more unndcessary weight on my body, and the sled really worked out super.
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Justin Hallmark on February 09, 2017, 09:26:53 AM
I do several walk-in hunts at the greentrees around here and a sled is the way to go! I can put 2 dozen decoys, jerk rig, mojo, a couple blind bags, and a couple shotguns in mine and I hardly notice it floating behind me. Although next year I plan to have a pirogue to pull the sled with. Those 1 mile walks through waste deep water were hard to make on consecutive mornings, but watching those greenheads work through the trees always made it worth it!
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Vince Pagliaroli on February 09, 2017, 09:48:56 AM
If your a minimalist, the sleds do work very well dragging on everything but gravel. Problems arise when your buddies want to take more stuff than is really needed. ::)

Sleds are like fishing vests with lots of pockets. There is plenty of room for stuff ya don't need, so ya fill it up. ;)
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Mike Herrmann on February 09, 2017, 12:06:32 PM
Sounds like it would work in some of the spots we hunt. Good info.
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Michael.McCord on February 09, 2017, 05:47:21 PM
We have used deer carts for walk in hunts too


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Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Bill Clark on February 09, 2017, 09:19:43 PM
Mike,H  I like your anchor idea should work well. I have been coating my styrofoam decoys with epoxy then shaking on fine corn cob, gives a nice texture and is very hard. I usually apply one coat of sealer before i finish paint.
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Vince Pagliaroli on February 10, 2017, 10:02:17 AM
Mike - I like your decoy design. It reminds me of some old gunning decoys I have seen in decoy books.  Waterfowlers are always trying to find a better way to do things for their own hunting conditions. Hunting over your own decoys that do the job is very rewarding. Save your drawings, you will enjoy looking at them many years from now.

Keep us posted on your progress.
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Mike Herrmann on February 10, 2017, 01:32:30 PM
Bill what kind of epoxy is it? How long is the working time?
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Bill Clark on February 10, 2017, 01:41:47 PM
Mike, U.S. Composites 3to1. Have never timed it. Usually working on groups in different stages so it may be days or weeks to get back to the next step. Generally sets up well overnight if temperature is right. On small projects in cold weather i use a "rack" over an electric heater cure time is overnight. Hope this helps.
Bill
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Mike Herrmann on February 10, 2017, 01:55:01 PM
How much time do you have to cover it with sawdust? Just wondering if I could paint epoxy on several decoys at once (say 4 or 5) and then cover all right after.
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Mike Herrmann on February 10, 2017, 02:06:12 PM
I shaped a magnum body yesterday but I discovered that only 2 will fit in a slot. So either I will have to live with that or make the bodies only 2-inch tall. Might look like a Itza Pizza Pie duck.. Batta bing batta boom. I guess I'll try one and post a pic.
Probably won't matter since the ducks are lookin down anyway.  Comments?? Opinions?
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Mike Herrmann on February 10, 2017, 06:58:52 PM
Lloyd, the balsa heads will be fragile as eggs. I made some with tupelo. Bills snapped off one by one. I guess you can use mails.
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Bill Clark on February 10, 2017, 08:50:54 PM
Mike,I mix small batches of epoxy,coat a decoy then immediately shake on the cob. Grab another bird coat it and shake cob. If memory serves i can coat 3 birds before the epoxy starts to kick. Larger quantities of epoxy may give more work time, i try not to waste any. Also using a flour sifter makes the cob process quicker.
Bill.
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Michael.McCord on February 10, 2017, 08:58:40 PM
For me, larger volumes tend to kick quicker because the heat that is generated speeds up the chemical reaction. US comp also offers a slow setting hardener that will give you more "open time" before it kicks. 


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Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Bill Clark on February 11, 2017, 10:20:38 AM
Mike M, Thanks for the reminder seems to me i remember reading that some where. I'll be doing some mod 81 geese this summer a little extra time would help.
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: DakotaJ on February 14, 2017, 12:34:03 AM
So either I will have to live with that or make the bodies only 2-inch tall. .  Comments?? Opinions?

Most of my decoys arent much taller than that.  Remember, for the most part, puddle ducks are only looking down at the back of the decoys. 
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Mike Herrmann on February 14, 2017, 01:16:11 PM
Exactly my point.
I made a body the other night that is magnum size but only 2-inches tall. Looks like a thick pancake. I'll finish it and post a pic. Not gonna win any contests with it.
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Bill Clark on February 15, 2017, 10:12:21 PM
Sounds like you guys are talking "flatties". I made 3 a couple of years ago and hunted them a couple of times, they show up better than i thought they would. Used 2" pink foam burlapped.
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Vince Pagliaroli on February 16, 2017, 05:32:01 PM
They have worked for many, many years, and were the choice of many outlaw gunners. If the law got too close, they would leave the rig. As they did not have much time, or $$ invested in the decoys. Lotta ducks went to dinner over crude pancake decoys. Way more than today's Taxidermy Replicas.
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Mike Herrmann on February 16, 2017, 11:42:44 PM
Here's my 2-inch body. Hard to notice how thin it is on the (https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi812.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fzz46%2Fmoonlighter69%2FF95BA31D-2CB1-48C3-8971-4E8B837BEF91_zpspsq9hvl9.jpg&hash=515a2ec6041e0f29443352812549b9c4)[/[URL=http://s812.photobucket.com/user/moonlighter69/media/D3522294-AF98-4765-9CC8-75FE343666F6_zpsyvdfp1dl.jpg.html](https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi812.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fzz46%2Fmoonlighter69%2FD3522294-AF98-4765-9CC8-75FE343666F6_zpsyvdfp1dl.jpg&hash=49d6605700ce7c5c3bd22aa842d35815) (http://s812.photobucket.com/user/moonlighter69/media/F95BA31D-2CB1-48C3-8971-4E8B837BEF91_zpspsq9hvl9.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Greg Rogers on February 17, 2017, 11:18:26 AM
Here is a St Clair Flats sneak boat rig decoy from the 30s carved by a guy named Pecore Fox. Sneak boat rigs had to be super light weight since you typically rowed out in a small boat and then rowed back upwind to let the ducks work after the decoys were set. Then sneak down to them and jump shoot them out of the decoys.

These were made out of balsa and aren't much more than 2" thick. Super light and according to local lore they were very lifelike compared to what most people were using at the time.

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I always like the look of the heads he made on these and am planning to make a "tribute string" of these and cans that he made so I can keep the tradition alive and hunt over them. Obviously this one has seen better days as evidenced by the bondo, broken tail, missing keel, spray paint etc... one thing I thought was unique, they used red eyes on this one. Must have run out of yellow ones??




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Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Phil Boyles on February 17, 2017, 02:01:06 PM
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Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Matt Gau on February 17, 2017, 04:23:59 PM
I like the low profile ones. I think a lot of decoys now days ride much to high in the water already. I would like to see what they oook like when they are swimming.

The bottles is a good concept. Wonder if it ever worked in practice?
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Vince Pagliaroli on February 17, 2017, 04:33:36 PM
Jim Kelson, balsa Redhead - 1930's, repaint by Kelson and added to my collection many years ago below tag price. :)
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Tony Banks on February 17, 2017, 09:55:11 PM
Yes, the bottles work. I bought 3 dozen mallard years ago. Repainted one dozen into blue-collar. Filled the hollow keeps with sand. Painted the bottles and applied the detail decals on the mallards. I killed several ducks over them.

The downside, the plastic bases that used be on the bottom of the 2 liters are required for bottles to be held in place in the decoy frame. Often the bases would split or come unglued from the bottle.

I'll dig some out of the barn and share some pics.
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Mike Herrmann on February 18, 2017, 04:29:27 PM
I remember those. That was the 80's. Back when the 2 liters had a black plastic container glued on the bottom. Never bought those rigs.  I'm sure the paint wouldn't stick to those slick bottles. I did try spraying  2 liters with black. Flaked off. Tried roofing pitch too. Eventually I just got enough decoys to use.
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Mike Herrmann on February 18, 2017, 04:40:50 PM
Greg, that's a nice decoy. Amazing that it survived this long. I would love to know how thick it is. My problem is trying to get a decent profile out of 2-inches. Not much to work with.
I'm not going to let that bother me tho. Shouldn't matter in the Timber. I'm determined to get 18 birds in a 6 slot bag. That would be worth the trouble.
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Greg Rogers on February 18, 2017, 08:49:19 PM
Hey Mike after measuring that redhead it's actually 3" thick. Body is 7.5x12"

Good luck in your quest for light weight. I've been going the same route with my spread transitioning from crappy old carri lights and solid cedar decoys.


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Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Dave Speer on February 18, 2017, 10:41:50 PM
Greg, that's a nice decoy. Amazing that it survived this long. I would love to know how thick it is. My problem is trying to get a decent profile out of 2-inches. Not much to work with.
I'm not going to let that bother me tho. Shouldn't matter in the Timber. I'm determined to get 18 birds in a 6 slot bag. That would be worth the trouble.

I always like a good challenge!  I bet if you keep em real simple/clbootyy you'll be fine.  Especially if you're using foamers without keels, they are gonna float right on top of the water anyway, rather than sink down 3/4" or more like wood decoys.
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Mike Herrmann on February 19, 2017, 09:35:59 PM
My 3 inch body's look fine. Going down to 2-" is a big difference.  Hard to avoid a flat profile. Dave I agree. They'll look fine once they're painted and have a nice head on them.
I made a dozen mallard heads last night and this eve.  6 more to go for my 18 bird pack. (https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi812.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fzz46%2Fmoonlighter69%2FD676E49E-F5DD-419B-A2B8-38142D0C2997_zpso7rxgc6f.jpg&hash=23ba4eafa3221ca9bdf1e775f7d6b4a5) (http://s812.photobucket.com/user/moonlighter69/media/D676E49E-F5DD-419B-A2B8-38142D0C2997_zpso7rxgc6f.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Tony Banks on February 26, 2017, 07:56:52 PM
Pics of my HS 2 liter decoys, I haven't used them in 25 years. Some glue on the bottle bases and maybe fill the bottle with some Great Stuff and they can probably be used again.
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Tony Banks on February 26, 2017, 08:00:42 PM
Mallard repainted as a bluebill
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Mike Herrmann on February 27, 2017, 09:06:30 AM
Looks like the paint held up fine. Amazing, consider the slick surface. What paint was it?
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Tony Banks on February 27, 2017, 10:49:12 AM
I probably sanded the bottles and bottle bases. The Gray and brown came with the decoys, I think it was HD brand aerosol. The black on the bluebill was aerosol enamel. The blue on the bluegill was probably Testors enamel. I may have used Testors for detail on the mallard bottleast too; the decals (detail) didn't hold up too well.
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Matt Gau on February 27, 2017, 12:31:54 PM
Looking at those pictures makes me chuckle. We get all worked up if the bill is the wrong color grey or a tail board sits too close to the water.

Those decoys pulled birds once and would likely do it again.
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Vince Pagliaroli on February 27, 2017, 02:53:10 PM
Clorox plastic containers painted flat black toll birds, no need for a pretend head and tail. The handle makes a good place to tie the anchor line.

We can make it as simple, or as complicated as we want. The birds really don't care.
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Scott Russell on February 27, 2017, 09:14:08 PM
Clorox plastic containers painted flat black toll birds, no need for a pretend head and tail. The handle makes a good place to tie the anchor line.

We can make it as simple, or as complicated as we want. The birds really don't care.

Agreed.

Ducks aren't exactly the smartest animal in the world.  Hunters give them far more credit than they deserve...usually to make a hunter feel better about his mistakes in the field.
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Tony Banks on February 27, 2017, 09:21:03 PM
Agreed. I've got some 25 yr old framers wrapped in muslin and spray painted black and gray.....worked as well as the store bought plastic dekes.
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Vince Pagliaroli on March 02, 2017, 10:05:16 AM
If you talk with any of the Old Timers, especially the early layout box gunners, simplicity ruled. Same for many marsh and field hunters as well. Most were Blue Collar hard workers, that had very little money to spend on the waterfowling that they loved. So they improvised, and made do with what was available.

Many of those same gunners became some of the best decoy carver/makers in North America. This progression still applies.

I believe it's because they want to pay homage to the birds that they love and admire. After one gets all the "whackin' & stackin'" out of their hunting system, they mature and move in another direction = Appreciation.

Every decoy that we make, no matter how simple or elaborate has a personal story. They are totems of the hunt and our journey.

I cannot abide the term Clunker when applied to a decoy (usually from a collector that never made or carved one). Tain't such a thing.
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Mike Herrmann on March 03, 2017, 01:46:37 AM
Well said Vince. I feel the same way. I appreciate a cool looking decoy as well as functional. I also appreciate getting to use my own handiwork.  I may as well make something I and others enjoy looking at.

The quality of my hunting experience has gone way up since I started making my own decoys. The challenge of improving them keeps me wanting to do more and more. I have a ways to go still, but I always make my own patterns just because I want everything to be original. Sure would be nice to slap some 6 dollar heads on my foam bodies, but it wouldn't be the same for me.

This latest idea was more about function, weight savings, space saving and figuring out how to pack in plenty of decoys.

Funny thing is, this decoy style has been done before.  I came across the Flambeau Pond Perimeter decoys the other day. I vaguely remember them.  Anyway, the y had a removable head and a stackable suc duc bottom. Not entirely the same, but similar.
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Vince Pagliaroli on March 03, 2017, 09:48:44 AM
Mike  - "It's all been done". We are just the folks that are carrying the torch/pbootyion for decoys at this time. It is a honor to be a member of the Decoy Community.
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Bill Clark on March 03, 2017, 10:08:19 AM
Mike, i appreciate your sentiments on the heads but i am not getting any younger and always have more to do than there is time so i mix and match other folks heads. Kind of interesting how much a head changes the "looks" of the whole decoy.
I recently swapped heads from model 63 mallards onto my own blackcork teal bodies, they look great i think. I then put autumnwings heads on the 63 burlapped bodies and they look good at least to me.
If i had more time and talent i would carve my own heads,maybe someday.

Vince, I agree it has all been done before. With all the new paints,composites and hardware results are "new" if not original. Anyway the doing beats watching JUDGE JUDY.
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Mike Herrmann on March 03, 2017, 11:04:33 AM
Bill, I totally understand the time factor. That's why I cast and mold my heads. So my birds are really original copies.. truth be told. This batch will be a "clone group". I plan to make some additional mallard heads in the future to give some variety.

Doing it this way saves me time and still lets me hunt over my own creations.
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Mike Herrmann on March 28, 2017, 12:06:44 AM
Here's two of my flocked heads on the 2-inch tall body. I've decided that I like the brush job better than the airbrush. Airbrush didn't come out so well. Probably user error.
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Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Dave Speer on March 28, 2017, 12:27:55 PM
looking good!
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Lloyd Heins on March 29, 2017, 12:14:09 AM
Very nice!  I like'em
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Bill Clark on March 29, 2017, 10:52:47 AM
Mike, i like your decoy coating,looks like cob to me. I really like the paint job on the hen mallard head i struggle with hens. What brush did you use for the head feather detail?
Good job.
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Matt Gau on March 29, 2017, 01:39:49 PM
Heads look good!!! Looking forward to seeing the finished product.
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Mike Herrmann on April 05, 2017, 02:28:17 PM
Walnut media from pet store. I just used the edge of a 3/4 inch wide filbert. Could be better. I'll take a little more time on the next. The greenheads are brushed with Pthalo green and Cad yellow. That's bout it.
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Mike Herrmann on April 07, 2017, 08:13:29 AM
First one painted up. Used some of the colors from the Stevenjaysanford site on the body. Pretty convenient. I mixed something lighter for the grey tho.
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Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Matt Gau on April 07, 2017, 08:18:55 AM
Those will do the job nicely. Thanks for sharing!!!
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: benp on April 07, 2017, 01:29:57 PM
Like those a lot. Nice to follow this process all the way through.
Real test with be next season.
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Vince Pagliaroli on April 07, 2017, 05:15:02 PM
Yup, those will work.
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Mike Herrmann on April 08, 2017, 01:26:23 AM
Removable head.
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Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Mike Herrmann on April 27, 2017, 08:58:08 AM
A few more:(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi812.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fzz46%2Fmoonlighter69%2FA443BC20-15E1-41AD-87EB-AC8F5AC2B282_zpseabovnrf.jpg&hash=1b0ac9ce1f52ddad8aba32454445b588) (http://s812.photobucket.com/user/moonlighter69/media/A443BC20-15E1-41AD-87EB-AC8F5AC2B282_zpseabovnrf.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Bill Clark on April 27, 2017, 09:26:42 AM
I like 'em Mike,where are the girls?
Title: Re: Idea for Timber hunting decoys
Post by: Mike Herrmann on April 27, 2017, 11:00:33 AM
Saving them for last.  I think the drakes stand out better in the woods, so I may do only a few hens. That's what I'm thinking at the moment.