Quantity, or Quality? That is the question

How nice or how many? That is question about decoys that we are often faced with when hitting local waterfowl hunting spots. In north-central Iowa, I have found that following simple guidelines often leads to success. photo2-300x300 Hunting mallards in a field calls for the best decoys you can buy.Quality Early in the season I prefer to use approximately two-dozen mallard and teal floaters, along with a spinner or two. During the first couple weeks of the season, the ducks and geese are not very shy and are more apt to give you good shots. I don't feel as though it’s necessary to hit these early birds with everything you have in your arsenal, or even throw out your nicest and prettiest looking decoys. Save the hard work and better looking decoys for late season and the more experienced birds. As the season progresses, and the fowl begin to wise up as they have seen decoy spreads a time or two – this is when I break out my best looking decoys. 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As expected, the birds came in hot for the early morning flight and we finished off our limit of mallards, plus two teal to end our day. Now, there was other shooting in our area. But I don’t believe anyone did as well as we did that morning. I firmly believe that by using our best looking decoys and arranging them in different spreads that what anyone else had been using so far allowed us to have a great morning. A key thing is to not only scout your locations, but also scout what other hunters are doing and what their spreads look like. photo4-300x300 Give the late season birds something they haven't seen before.Quantity Using quantity, that is, putting out a huge spread, comes in handy in several instances during a waterfowler’s season. Several times this season and past seasons I teamed up with my hunting buddies and we collectively used all of our floaters or full-bodies when hunting water or in the field. When chasing after ducks in our local public-marshes, quantity definitely comes in handy. Fellow Hard Core pro-staffer John Gethman and I use spreads of five- to six-dozen Hard Core floaters consisting of mallards, pintail, black ducks, and teal. I will also typically use a half dozen Hard Core Canada goose floaters for confidence. We use this approach because we are hunting near a refuge, that at times can hold up to 10,000 to 15,000 ducks and geese. Our goal is to try and replicate the natural refuge look and tell ducks that it’s safe to land in our spread, even before they hear any calls. The reality is, it’s nearly impossible to imitate the size and quantity of a true refuge area in terms of numbers of ducks and geese, but we give it all we have and try to make it look like a refuge as best we can. 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