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    Post Let's talk gear....Here! All gear.

    Looks like the flyaway highway topic is turning into a gear topic...I figured I would change that.

    I love waterfowl hunting period and everything about it.
    Right down to sittin' in that stinky muck that ducks like so much to setting up early in the morning for geese comin' off the roost. It all pays off when I seen feathers and folding wings.

    When it comes to decoys I have several types for what I like to call "All Occasions". Believe me when I say I can be cheap too.

    I too find that when wal-mart has their Flambeau sales on ducks...I'm there. I have about 7 dozen worth of ducks.

    2 Dozen Mallards, dozen green teals, dozen pintails, dozen shovelers, and 2 dozen shells. Plus about 6 duck butts, one landing mallard and a baby mojo.

    I have no problem taking a jig saw to the heads of a few ducks and making them into sleepers or changing a few head positions. (I do that quite frequently.) I simply use a good 30 min expoxy to do this.

    I also take the cheapest decoys I can find and jig saw the keels off of them, change a few heads positions, balance them, drill a hole and make orange leg stakes and wal-la moving shells.

    I also use the GHG bungees for my weights on the keel decoys. They are very easy to use and last for years.

    Obviously, I don't run all my decoys because of weight issues. But I like to watch what ducks and geese are doing and mimic that as close as I can. Those wacky ducks never do the same thing it seems like.

    I also always bring about 5-7 extra decoys to put out about 50-80 yards off of my main spread to act as a confident decoys.

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    I too am a waterfowl fanatic. In fact I would rather do a day of duck hunting that go out after a moose. Waterfowling is 300 times more fun, in my opinion.

    I usually run a dozen mallards, half dozen widgeon, half dozen teal, four floater geese, a couple of duck butts and 3 baby mojo's. I am going to pick up a dozen pintails, and was thinking about a half dozen bluebills.

    The only costomizing I have done with my decoys is I flocked my goose heads. They look really good now. I little more realistic, I think.

    With putting those decoys 50 to 80 yards away from your main spread, do you ever have a problem with birds wanting to land there instead of the main spread. It always seemed when I had an ecscaped decoy, the birds would work that one decoy and ignore the rest.

    Speaking of confidence decoys, does anybody know where a guy could pick up a couple of swan decoys. I can't seem to find any anywhere.

    I could talk for hours on gear as well, so I will leave it off here.

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    Are we talking or asking about specific pieces of equipment here or just listing off what we have or use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ring King View Post
    Are we talking or asking about specific pieces of equipment here or just listing off what we have or use?

    It's a free for all.....
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    I have a dozen Johnson folding decoys made of cardboard and covered with a wax coating. You can see them on e-bay. I found them at an antique store and told my wife we should get them for our son. She went back and they were gone.
    Christmas day the family kept looking out the window. I finally caught on that I should look too. There in the yard, in the middle of winter, stood a family of Canada goose decoys. She bought them for me.
    So they are going to get used for exactly why they were made. Antique or not, they belong in the spread. It is going to be a great day to call in some geese over those decoys.

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    We had a neighbor that died of cancer a few years ago. Before he died he gave my dad a few garbage bags full of stuff. When my dad went and opened them up they were full of paper machet (not sure how to spell it) Goose shells. My dad won't use them for the spread, he keeps them in the attic. It is really neat to see the gear the old duck hunters used.

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    Beware!!! If they are in your attic you might want to check on them. It only takes one mouse to ruin those almost priceless decoys!

    I have one of the Johnson folding canada goose dekes as well. My mom bought it for me in an antique shop for $3. I've never hunted over it, and I'm glad I left it in her care or it would've been destroyed with the rest of my things in Hurricane Katrina a few years ago!!

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    I will have to give my dad a call, and bring that up.

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    Default Duckslayer here it is.............

    Swans!!!

    http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...swan&noImage=0


    If you get a set let me know how they work out for you next year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by duckslayer56 View Post
    With putting those decoys 50 to 80 yards away from your main spread, do you ever have a problem with birds wanting to land there instead of the main spread. It always seemed when I had an ecscaped decoy, the birds would work that one decoy and ignore the rest.
    Sometime that happens. If it continues I will do one of 3 things:

    1. Move them a little closer down wind towards me...That way when the ducks have to circle into the wind on landing they are in gunning range.

    2. If I can't do #1 and ducks continue to land at the confidence decoys...Good for me. I leave the set up as is and move my own butt and shoot the ducks over the confidence decoys. Win, win situation.

    3. If I can't do #2 or #1 for some reason. I remove the decoys.
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    If you want to have swans just buy two goose decoys and then paint them white works great.

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    Default Shotguns

    The wife was talking to me yesterday about what she wanted for our 15th wedding anniversery next year....New diamond ring(s) of course.

    So finally after a long discussion (mostly from her) we finally got to what I wanted

    I told her "SBE2" with max 4 w/ knerled chokes.

    I'm a huge 870 fan. In fact I have 3 of them and have never been let down even in the most extreme conditions. But I shot my friends SBE last year and it was very nice.

    I also like the Browning Gold Hunter with the new duratec coating...Those are nice too.

    I think that was a good decision.....If she whats to spend more I could use a new EFI outboard jet for my boat.
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    Default Good choice

    Good choice. When it comes time to replace my current shotgun (Beretta 391 Urika) I am debating on whether to buy a Benelli or another Beretta. I have only had 2 problems with my Beretta. 1 the bead fell off when I was using it to break ice to retrieve a duck. 2 it fell into thigh deep silt water, and jamed a couple of times. Other than that it has shot every time I have pulled the trigger. I have never owned a Benelli before, but have heard that they are great shotguns. I have a friend talked into trying hunting for sea ducks this year, and I don't want to use my Beretta in salt water. So I am thinking about picking up a Benelli Nova, for that hunt.

    I am also a firm believer in the 870, I owned 2 of them in the past years, the only problem I have with them, is they rust to fast.

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    I haven't had any rusting problems with my 870...Or any other for that matter. I'm the guy that always paranoid about rust and has the wd-40 out all the time.

    Have you seen the new models that reminton has out for extreme conditions? Looks like it has arctic coat on them. The look really nice.
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    You're Beretta will be fine for the saltwater. I take my Xtrema II out there all the time and I'm probably the worse person in the world when it comes to cleaning guns. I rarely ever even wipe em down! The Xtrema II offers a little extra protection for folks like me though. They have some kinda Aqua Seal coating inside that keeps all the internal parts protected, a chrome lined bore, and with the dipped camo finish the outside doesn't rust either.

    I've also got a Benelli Nova that went through Hurricane Katrina and is still killing the birds like it was brand new. It sat under salt water for 3 weeks in that toxic sludge and silt from the storm. When I found it she looked pretty darn rough. I cleaned her out and the only thing that needed replacing was the choke tube and the magazine spring. Other than that she shoots like a champ!!

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    My Beretta has the flat black finish on it, and it has no extra protection from rust, other than the oil that I put on it. I really wish I would have bought the camo version when I bought it. I guess one of the main reasons why I want to pick up a new shotgun for hunting sea ducks is... I get to buy a new shotgun! You can't have too many shotguns.

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    I totally agree there!! I own 17 shotguns presently and I'm still looking at a new one!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ring King View Post
    I totally agree there!! I own 17 shotguns presently and I'm still looking at a new one!!
    I don't own that many yet....But I'm on my way. Gettin' Close.
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    I lost 13 long guns to Hurricane Katrina that weren't repairable or that got looted before I was able to return to my home! I'm just rebuilding the stock pile these days.

    I was lucky enough to have left the majority of my guns in my fathers gun safe back in South Carolina instead of being foolish and hauling them all over the country for no reason! That's the only reason I was able to continue hunting without missing a beat after the storm!!

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    Question Waders????

    I was thinking of getting a new pair of waders this year. I was looking into the zip-up type.

    Have any of you guys had any experience with these type.

    Pros?
    Cons?

    I like the fact that I could unzip to get in or out easier or if I got hot I could unzip and cool down a little.
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