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Muthagoose

New home made gear

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benbosh

fishkid and muthagoose,

you guys might have to show me the ropes on duck hunting up north. im from the southern part of the state where deep water is considering past your knees.

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leech~~

mutha, just seen this post, not sure how I missed earler this fall. Great dekes, but the boat has me all worked up! Please give in on a few more details. So is it all cut and weld alm, or did you do a plywood top????. Your wife needs to start a bis, making those covers! Great stuff. Leech~~

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Muthagoose

Benbosh I can do that.

Fishkid stop by the class room we'll be breaking for dinner at 4.30

Leech its a glass and wood boat, Wood laminated top.. But If a guy had the equipment aluminum wouldn't be a problem probably be easier...

I couldn't help myself I carved out my Common Merganser spread today. Gonna have them done soon..

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leech~~

mutha, so the old boat in the first pix, was glass? The one you made didn't seem to be as wide as that? Huum, I worked in fiberglass for 20 years making stuff! I think If I can find a old glass boat I could do that! Did you take any pix, of your process? Thanks Leech~~

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Muthagoose

I cut the hull down after I marked the water line loaded with 600# in it.I used a center level to get my cut line.Its a glass wood laminated hull so if I hit a rock no big deal easy to fix...

I will be making another and possibly a 2 man layout out of a tri hull boat. For sure to take photos of the process.

I asked the wife about that and she wants nothing to do with it. But I will post pics this summer of it and she will post a little intell on how she id it. We are making one with a access for the dog to get in and out of next..

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MILLELACMANIAC

Very nice job and unique MUTHAGOOSE

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leech~~

But other then cutting it down to the water line you didn't take any out of the middle of the hall did you? It's just as wide as the boat you started with? Like I said I worked in the Fiberglass Ind, for 20 or more years and you did a very clean job! Nice Work. I will be looking for an old boat and your details later this year. Thanks. Leech~~

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Muthagoose

Nope didnt take anything out of the middle,so once I figured the side's and coaming I had 28" to lay down and side storage.

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leech~~

Did you reuse the cut off side walls for anything? Like part of the top, or is that ply with glass over it? You really did a nice job on the seams, can't even see them!

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Muthagoose

Tossed em and went with new material on up. Formed it off of the bulkheads.

Played with glass a bit myself,would have been nice to have been in a shop with a chop gun when I built it.

Considering pulling a mold off of it so a couple buds can have one.I know how to set up a laminated hull out of new and better materials..

The extra weight from the laminate is compensated by knowing I dont have to worry IF I ding the bottom...

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leech~~

Ya, having a chop gun makes it a faster job, but I think you can stay lighter and stronger with mat on a one up project. If you started making them like Carster and needed to make a ton faster the chop gun would have to be there. wink It's always a question for some of those companies when they start out. Do I make a lower end unit? or a high end out of kevlar or some of the other strong but light materials. Not to many Duck boat makers vaccum bag like kayak and high end canoes do!. Man this brings back the memories! "Nothing like the smell of polyester resin in the morning"!! grin

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Muthagoose

No production intended here,same or better quality for my bud being I've already seen where I could have improved but I would set up the hull the same...

I remember the polyester smell when we made these...

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Many moons ago this was my first step into the decoy world...

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leech~~

Muth, sell your first one to your buddy wink And keep the new improved one for your self!! grin Nice blinds!

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Tyler23

Well here they are nothing fancy just rough diver gunners.. The rack and hole in the river keel make for ease of hanging...

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Next have to make some common Merg and then black duck out of herters 72 divers,, Gonna have to build a tail and wingtip mold is what I have in mind for that conversion/...

Let me know what ya think of em..

wow thats pretty cool!

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Muthagoose

Just finished my common mergi flock. Haven't even finished them and I have full body and floater mallard/black ducks started.

This is a addicting hobby that has endless project possibility..

Anyone tried it yet???

If so post up some pics..

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fishkid

hey muthagoose are you the taxidermist teacher at vcc. i will stop down some time soon i didnt check this thread for a while adn saw you said to stop on by. shoot me a email next time ther is a class and you guys have a break. zych2621 @ vcc. edu just take out the spaces and thats my email.

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Muthagoose

Yep that's me....

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Muthagoose

This is what I use to keep my main lines from becoming a hassle. I have 6- 60-100'ers on this spool. Being I hunt mainly alone it makes picking up much simpler.High gear it unwinds without issue and low gear it spools up without slipping.

Figured some of ya might want to see it..

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Muthagoose

Well gang the addiction has gone full blown. I have 42 brand new herters #72 bills hanging in the shop that would be more of a hassle to try and sell so I decided to let my decoy addiction go wild...Keep in mind this was only done to speed up the conversion of my Herters 72 bills into a mallard and get me a accurate base to alter.I made a mold for a tail base that will be covered with burlap,mastic and finally apoxie sculpt.They will also have the wing tips altered for some of the drakes so I can add a few curly's...

The Mold

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The rough idea..

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One in the works.

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Big Country

I am intrigued with your persistence Muthagoose. I live south of you, between Virginia and Duluth. It's obvious you have a passion for waterfowl. I am amazed however, at how poor hunting is in our area versus the time you put into the sport. Our group left Minnesota years ago for the plains of Saskatchewan. We go at least every other year and have made lasting friendships with farmers there. We target mostly Snows, but also hit the D.U. ponds for ducks. It's refreshing to see someone with that kind of enthusiasim. I am impressed. BC

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Muthagoose

It's been a life long addiction..

Big Country,your totally right there are not that many birds up here even on a good year.

I've always built most of my gear and during the winter with teaching taxidermy I find a hobby to do till spring.Decoys offered a excellent alternative that keeps me involved with the outdoors.

Im painting my mergansers tonight and will post pics when done...

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Joe15

You do some great work

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Muthagoose

Another addition to my ever growing spread. For some reason the heads look darker in the photo than they are. With being able to drop 5 more birds a day and the abundance of them in my area, so they were needed. This is also a attempt at feathering, I can always repaint them or darken...

Im thinking of putting them on a spreader so the group looks like it feeding.

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dan z

nice looking mergies, wish i had the talent to do that

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onlydrakes4me

wow nice work, wish i had the time to learn how make my own dekes

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Muthagoose

They are easy to do.. Do a google search plenty of intell on how to do it. Its how I'm learning...

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onlydrakes4me

Ok, I'll look it up, guess you gotta start somewhere.

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Muthagoose

Only drakes drop me a email ...Ill send ya a couple links ...

[email protected]

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jigginjim

Muthagoose you teach taxidermy at a school? How do you make your dek's? you mold with foam, or hand carve from foam? I would like to try doing it myslef. could help off-set some of the costs of buying them.

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Muthagoose

Yep at Vermilion Community College in Ely..Might be adding a decoy carving course..

I carve from foam blocks and cast the heads from molds. It takes me about 10 minutes to have one carved out and with the head on. Then its burlap'n and paint that takes time. I really like converting the herters....

Here a few more I have in the works.. I just cant stop.Its truly addicting...

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I started another 18 conversions. I should end up with around a 100 new decoys this year...

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