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Making duck decoys


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#1 ndtyank49

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Posted February 04 2019 - 07:06 PM

Hello fellow waterfowl enthusiasts, I just finished cleaning and putting my duck decoys away for next season. I have always wanted to try making my own decoys and am looking for some help/advice/push in the right directions. I want to use them for hunting and saw online that you can make the whole decoy out of basswood, or a basswood cork combo. Looking forward to seeing what LIF has to offer in advice!



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#2 NRATC53

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Posted February 04 2019 - 08:37 PM

Absolutely  Not that hard, cork/basswood works pretty well, the basswood gives some durability and helps make them float right. Older members of my family would "carve stool" (make decoys) when just sitting around as they do get lost and take a beating when used all the tme. Study some decoys and pictures of ducks, draw a few sketches and lay them out on your blocks before you start



#3 ndtyank49

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Posted February 05 2019 - 10:36 AM

So do the whole thing in basswood or just the head in basswood and the body in cork?



#4 NRATC53

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Posted February 05 2019 - 10:42 AM

Head and a bottom plate in Basswood, the rest in cork



#5 NRATC53

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Posted February 05 2019 - 10:43 AM

The basswood retains your brass or stainless screw eyes better, and is heavier, so it sits upright better



#6 John L

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Posted February 05 2019 - 11:45 AM

Look up South Shore Wraterfowlers they would have classes to get you started they have a wealth of knowledge on carving decoys




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