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Green heads too green
Dec 3rd, 2017 at 7:15am
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Hi team we shoot on a reasonable sized pond in the Waikato and after the last two seasons have noticed that most our drake decoys avian x and higdons have very green heads compared to the Drakeís we shoot. has anyone got any tips on how to maybe dull down the heads on the decoys we have. I have been looking at getting a dozen avian x black duck flocked decoys as they resemble the ducks we have in residence greyxmallard has anyone used these decoys?
  
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Re: Green heads too green
Reply #1 - Dec 3rd, 2017 at 7:41am
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I don't think it matters , Have you noticed ducks flaring off the decoys ?
3 of the most successful shooters I know in the Waikato use matt black decoys - painted with blackboard paint
  

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Reply #2 - Dec 3rd, 2017 at 8:53am
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A couple of times we have had ducks flare on really clear days with a lot of sun but overall they come in wings out feet down. Iím just thinking of a more natural looking spread annoys me how when you buy decoys they come with say 4 drakes but only two hens
  
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Re: Green heads too green
Reply #3 - Dec 3rd, 2017 at 11:54am
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Masking tape on the beaks and round the neck, lightly sand with some fine sandpaper the heads then wash with detergent, rinse and dry. Paint with wattyl matte black rust kill. Or you could just paint straight away and forget the prep, probably would work just as well. Or even better get your decoys custom flocked. They need a bit of looking after, pricey but look like the real thing with no shine in the rain or sun.
  
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Reply #4 - Dec 3rd, 2017 at 12:32pm
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green blackboard paint looks good too,no shine at all,a light puff with black spraypaint does wonders as well. my spread has about 4 really bright drakes and the rest have been dulled down somewhat.
  
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Reply #5 - Dec 3rd, 2017 at 8:35pm
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Yes you can do what puddleduk suggested,I have flocked all of my decoys,Just flat black paint works well,as for flaring ducks could be sudden movement or even a shining gun barrel,hope this helps
  
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Reply #6 - Dec 3rd, 2017 at 9:27pm
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Thanks for the replyís guys not too worried about flaring birds as we havenít really had a problem Iím more so just looking for More natural looking decoys. I think I shot one maybe two nice green heads last season the rest were pretty drab colours
  
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Re: Green heads too green
Reply #7 - Dec 4th, 2017 at 11:06am
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I think mallards  decoy onto what their impression  of what a duck should look like and how a spread should look . I am certain that movement is more important than head colour .
The decoys come packed in the 4-2 ratio because that is what the US market requires and what the majority of NZ hunters require ,I have met any  number of duck shooters who think that the green heads are mallards and the hens are greys .
I have even had mail order customers ring up angry that the dozen mallards they ordered only contained 8 . Roll Eyes Shocked that situation often takes some explaining  Wink
  

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