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Muthagoose

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srfishin15

Painted up a half dozen scaup dekes just to add some variety to my spread, how do these guys look for those of you that hunt divers regularly? Most of my experience is puddle ducks and although I know detail isn't as important when hunting divers is there anything that sticks out that would need changing? Be critical. Thanks! full-34707-35692-image.jpg

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Muthagoose

Maybe go flat paint and dust down the bills with a light- med grey ....

I flock everything so shines my main thing...

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dan z

They look shinny to me also. Flat paint will help big time.

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Greybeard53

In the future, definitely go with flat paint.

No need to totally repaint these though, just spray them w/ an aerosol can of flat clear coat.

I also agree the bills should be more of a gray/blue, but not a show stopper for working dekes.

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srfishin15

Thanks guys, I'll darken up the bills and get some of that flat clear coat. Thanks.

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Muthagoose

Keep in mind what ya painted them with and what your coating it with orange peel can be a issue...

Just saying..

You can also add common household substance to the paint to flatten it..

Ive used corn starch and even very fine baking soda with good results..

BUT you have to test ratio....

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Muthagoose

Well I was able to finish a few this summer.. Its been a busy year with remodeling a house and delivering.. Ive almost retired from Taxidermy but still have a few client project/flocks to finish..

Hope'n to make decoys my other full time job someday...

Well let me know what ya think of them...

I have woodies and mallards on the flocking rack to do as soon as it cools off a bit..

I have another 80-85

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Finlander

Almost too good to put in the water! Nice job!

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TylerS

I'm drooling over that can. He just looks MEAN! I'd put him in the kill-hole for sure. He'd suck in all those old, grizzled veteran bulls looking for a fight. Me likey!

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crawler harness

Awesome, really like the backdrop you are using now. It sets the mood more. I agree with Tyler that Can is killer.. keep posting pics when you get time. The preener Goldie is killer too.

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Muthagoose

Tyler delivery of that Bull can be arranged this fall!!

I would have the next rack flocked but my switch went on my exhaust fan... Should be going strong next week...

Thanks for the kind words....

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BoxMN

Wow, they are awesome. I live for divers and each of yours look to have it's own attitude and personality. Can't pick one out over the others, but if I would it might be the bull or the hen goldeneye, love her posture!

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TylerS

Tyler delivery of that Bull can be arranged this fall!!

...GOOD...

grin

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Muthagoose

I just painted some new additions to the mallard spread..Resters and no head feeders..

Post pics up once I get the highlights and bills painted....

Tyler ya got a Spot to put them to the test?

Congrats on the new gunner...

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TylerS

I just painted some new additions to the mallard spread..Resters and no head feeders..

Post pics up once I get the highlights and bills painted....

Tyler ya got a Spot to put them to the test?

Congrats on the new gunner...

Do I have spots? Does a wirehair point?!

wink

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Muthagoose

Just a couple of in use photos.

The spread was a culmination of mine and 2 interns who are progressing along nicely.

The Buffies are Dave and this is only his 2nd year carving..

Pats been at it about the same amount of time...

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With MANY Birds getting to meet the Mighty Mini Lab....

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fishersofmen

They look awesome.

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booger

Any new decoys to show off?

And any chance of you doing a little seminar?

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Muthagoose

Working on a few new things.

Don't see a seminar happening but a hunt this fall is a possibility...

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dan z

Working on a few new things.

Don't see a seminar happening but a hunt this fall is a possibility...

Any new decoys I haven't seen a teal yet...

I like the Goldie's you posted up a while back!

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Muthagoose

Hope'n to do so this weekend with the new aquavac mag ringers...

Made them for rice and reed hunting on low boats..

Post sumtin soon...

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Muthagoose

This is my Pintail with the blind and the resting ringer spread on it...

Ill be adding more pics later..

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Muthagoose

This is whats under the flock.. All the decoys are connected to the blind and are interchangeable in position...

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