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    Default 2019 Decoy Project

    I bought a dozen factory-burlapped Herter's 63s early in the summer. The guy included a headless and very damaged wigeon body (out of guilt for how much I paid). I sold two in the parking lot so I ended up with 11 decoys to work with. Here's the before picture...



    I did my usual by adding after market heads (Autumn Wings on the ringneck and bufflehead and Homer's on the shoveler and merganser) and stainless steel hardware. I originally planned to do all of them as ringneck but was intrigued with the Homer shoveler and hoodie heads and wanted to replace the cork bufflehead that I use on "oyster" hunts.

    I have been using a dozen old G&H ringnecks in the middle of black water creeks when I hunt wood ducks. I still believe that ringnecks make the best wood duck decoys but that's for another time...

    Other than home-painted eclipse bluewings, the G&H ringnecks were the last of the plastic decoys that I used regularly. I think the 6 solid-body replacements will be fine. Autumn Wings only makes ringneck heads in 72-size so I bought a couple of 67-sized bluebill and four 63-sized bluebill heads and painted them for ringnecks. I actually like the 67 sized heads better - I'll put those two on the deepest part of the long-line and use the four smaller headed decoys closer to where I'm hunting.

    Here's the semi-final results...I really like the hoodie and will probably post a picture of him during the season. The shovelers bill are not pointed down enough but I think I'm the only one that will notice. The Homer heads are hard plastic and seem to be somewhat hollow in the middle so I didn't want to try to cut the bases of the shoveler heads and end up with a big hole in the middle with nothing to attach to so I'll put up with it for a while.



    I'll probably never ever try to carve my own decoys but, for now anyway, the painting and little bit of body work I do is enough to satisfy this particular duck hunting itch.
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    Beautiful as always.

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    I wish i could find 4 63 burlapped wood ducks and 2 greenwings
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    Those look GREAT RH! No cooler feeling than decoying ducks with decoys that you had a hand in making or refurbishing some of the classics!
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    We nice. Well done!


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    those look great-well done!

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    Excellent work.

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    Great stuff.

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    Thanks guys.

    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    I wish i could find 4 63 burlapped wood ducks and 2 greenwings
    The buffleheads were going to be wood ducks but Homer didn't have their woodie heads in stock - I waited all summer for them but finally decided to just make the buffleads.
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    Looking forward to the pictures of their use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WNM View Post
    Looking forward to the pictures of their use.
    Ha ha - I'm planning on a hoodie photo but, after that, I might start setting the hoodie 100 yards away to reduce the odds of an "hoodie accident"...
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    Very nice RH. What kind of paints do you use? I did 6 Bluebills and 4 old cork Bean mallards this summer. I'll try to post a pic with the process I used but I've been having trouble with pics lately.

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    Nice work
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    They look great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elcid_Fowler View Post
    Very nice RH. What kind of paints do you use? I did 6 Bluebills and 4 old cork Bean mallards this summer. I'll try to post a pic with the process I used but I've been having trouble with pics lately.
    Rustoleum spray paints- camo series (black, earth brown and khaki), flat white, and light and dark grey primer. If you're doing mallards Rustoelum makes a rust-colored primer that is a perfect match for the chest on a mallard drake.
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    Very nice work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubberhead* View Post
    Rustoleum spray paints- camo series (black, earth brown and khaki), flat white, and light and dark grey primer. If you're doing mallards Rustoelum makes a rust-colored primer that is a perfect match for the chest on a mallard drake.
    You did that with spray paint? Thats impressive and must have taken a lot of tape. I've repainted some mallards as bluebills that dont look anywhere as good as yours with a foam brush and that took a lot of time

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    Ought to kill a duck over those

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    Beautiful work.
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