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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-26-2018, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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Waterfowl decoys

Whatís the best in your opinion duck decoys on the market. Iím thinking of going with new dakotas next year, and some avian x woodies.
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I would say avian-x is the best decoy around. I have 2 1/2 dozen mallards, 6 black, 6 woodies, 6 gadwall and they are all quality. The fully flocked goose shells are awesome as well. Price is high but you wont be disappointed.
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Thatís the same thing I was thinking. I was going to get all avian x mallard and woodies then began reading around a bit and read into Dakota decoys saying how the Dakota extreme mallards weíre slightly better than the avians and theyíre only a slight bit more in terms of a dozen. Just seeing what others think. Been a long long long time since Iíve bought duck floaters
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-26-2018, 01:32 PM
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go all avian-x, they are durable and look fantastic...
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I have all Avian X floaters. I love them. The paint is great. I have mallards, black ducks and woodies. I have treated them decently and the paint has held up. I do like the look of the exaggerated features of the Dakotas. They are good looking decoys too. I donít think you can go wrong with either company. I did opt to get the Dakota signature series Canadaís. They are so nice. Better movement then the Avianís for sure.

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I'm guessing you guys don't use the Avian X fully flocked duck floaters? I have just a couple black ducks, and if it's below freezing, in a creek, they are icebergs in about 20 minutes!! I agree they look great, but I don't have much need for duck decoys you can't use when it's cold..... I'll stick with my old Flambeau plastics until I stop killing ducks. Had GHG gear ones cause they looked so nice when they first came around, and half of them were submarines by end of the season. The other half cracked when I was throwing them from the creek to the bank when it was cold out.

Maybe i'm just hard on gear, but I still have half of the old flambeau duck decoys I used to buy 6 at a time 25 years ago from a trailer Martys sporting goods had out in back of the shop!! (i'm sentimental)

The new duck decoys sure do look "pretty", but they don't hold up for crap in my opinion. Sorry to get off topic a bit, I really have not much of any good to say about the newer decoys, If I can't chuck it up on the bank when it's 20 degrees without it breaking, it's junk.
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I've always used GHG, but I admit that I haven't kept up on the latest and greatest in waterfowl gear.
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I'm guessing you guys don't use the Avian X fully flocked duck floaters? I have just a couple black ducks, and if it's below freezing, in a creek, they are icebergs in about 20 minutes!! I agree they look great, but I don't have much need for duck decoys you can't use when it's cold..... I'll stick with my old Flambeau plastics until I stop killing ducks. Had GHG gear ones cause they looked so nice when they first came around, and half of them were submarines by end of the season. The other half cracked when I was throwing them from the creek to the bank when it was cold out.

Maybe i'm just hard on gear, but I still have half of the old flambeau duck decoys I used to buy 6 at a time 25 years ago from a trailer Martys sporting goods had out in back of the shop!! (i'm sentimental)

The new duck decoys sure do look "pretty", but they don't hold up for crap in my opinion. Sorry to get off topic a bit, I really have not much of any good to say about the newer decoys, If I can't chuck it up on the bank when it's 20 degrees without it breaking, it's junk.
Thats one of the features i like most about avian-x they are made of a softer plastic that allows them to take on more abuse...
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Abuse was not aimed at avian X, not sure if they can handle it or not, don't use much. The flocking collecting ice was my issue. GHG's were the ones I had cracking issues with.
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Do you throw your shotgun up on the bank too? Quit throwing your stuff and it won't break as much.
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