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Choosing the Correct Decoys

Choosing the Correct Decoys

Posted by Dan Miller on Mar 11th 2022

What kind of decoys should I buy?

We get this question frequently, and thought it would be helpful to provide a brief guide for choosing the decoy that fits your hunting needs. At Superior Decoys, our goal is to properly outfit you, within your budget, to make your waterfowl experience as successful as possible. Below are some factors to consider when outfitting your floater decoy spread.

1. Cost: Whether we like it or not, decoys haven't gotten any cheaper, and we all consider the price of a product when making a buying decision. We have higher end decoys starting at $110 per 6 and budget-friendly decoys at less than $100 per dozen. They'll all kill ducks! The more expensive decoys have a few features that may be applicable to your situation, which we'll cover a bit more below.

2. Volume: Are you hunting the Mississippi River in Illinois, competing against gigantic spreads? Or hiking into a wood duck hole behind your cabin up north? Consider your hunting situations and adjust accordingly. If you're in the right spot, you may not need more than a dozen decoys!

3. Durability: Generally speaking, the more expensive decoys provide better durability, but your hunting style determines what you need. If you're someone who frequently water swats, takes kids hunting, or for whatever reason puts pellets into decoys, consider a fully foam or foam-filled decoy.

4. Motion: A few well-placed motion decoys can take the place of a much larger static spread and reduce the amount you need to carry on your back or in the boat. We prefer water motion decoys, but spinners still work well if used correctly. Always, always use a remote so you can quickly adjust if a motion decoy needs turned on or off. Budget motion options exist too, like jerk rigs or static decoys with modified keels.

5. Weight: If you're hunting open water in a 25' boat, decoy weight isn't much of a concern, but wading a mile into the swamp is a different story. Lifetime FlexFloat decoyscome with significantly reduced weight for those long hikes in.

Got any more questions? Feel free to contact us using the chat feature or giving us a call. We'll get back to you as soon as we can and help you determine the best fit for you.