I am (or will be this fall) a novice duck hunter. I started to get the inkling for waterfowling a few years ago after I spent some time mentoring a kid who was duck-crazy and needed an adult to take him. We had fun and I learned quite a bit. Anyway, I bought some dekes on clearance--a dozen Mallards, a few Green Teal, and a dozen Black Ducks.
Yes, I know...no Black ducks in Alaska, but looking at the decoys, other than the little curly-cue feathers on their rumps the Black decoys look awfully similar to the Mallards. Can I use them? or am I just wasting my time?
I plan on picking up a pair of Pintails and/or Shovelers and a few Widgeon for some variety.