Top Duck Decoys of 2018

Top Duck Decoys of 2018
Photo Credit: Phil Kahnke

A wise goose hunter once said, “decoys are only a persuasive tool, there is no substitute for being where they want to be.” Even big spreads built into the thousands can only persuade a duck or a goose to go so far off a flight line. But you do need decoys to kill birds, and with the help of top manufactures, hunters are finishing pressured fowl with smaller spreads and building giant rigs full of motion and realism. With a little luck, it will put more birds on the pile and more smiles on our faces.

Avian-X AXP/AXF Sleepers

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Every honker hunter knows that creating an ultra-realistic spread means replicating multiple poses. The AXP and AXF shells are the final detail. Spot on realism, they are one piece and stackable, slightly oversized at 23”x12”x 8”.

$130-$160 (12-pk) | avian-x.com


Avian-X Topflight Mallards

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Break out the big bag—Avian-X has added oversized mallards and black ducks that are 30 percent larger for better visibility. Models come in either foam-filled or standard packs, and feature their highly-popular paint schemes.

$90-$100 | avian-x.com


DSD Giant

So realistic you ‘ll have to stop that ground-swatting cousin Gus from opening fire. Based on Dave Smith’s originals, the Giants are updated to a one-piece design, new motion system and a realistic thin tail, wing tips and cast legs. Comes in Upright, Feeder, Rester and Sleeper with eight poses.

$360 (4-pk) | davesmithdecoys.com

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DSD Honker

More dainty than the DSD Giant, this full-body is a one-piece decoy with a new/stronger motion system. Also, this year’s version has a band across the belly to secure it to the base systems instead of the old leg hook.

$450 (6-pk) | davesmithdecoys.com


Dakota XSP Mallard

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A walk-in hunter’s dream, the Packable Mallards are made of a soft/durable plastic. The decoys are collapsible/lightweight for long hauls and come with 3 drakes and 3 hens.

$65 (6-pk) | dakotadecoy.com


Dakota Lesser Canada Floaters

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Constructed with a new MEVA plastic that holds paint and feather detail exceptionally well, the one-piece floaters are terrific for big-water hunters who set large spreads. The flocked heads come in three different positions.

$180 (6-pk) | dakotadecoy.com

 


GHG Pro Grade XD Mallard

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Outfitters are sold on the durability of the soft/pliable body with the best paint to ever hit a GHG floater. The incredible carvings led to life-like postures GHG has been known to produce for 20 years.

$75-$150 | averyoutdoors.com


GHG One Piece Lesser

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Slightly oversized, the GHG Lesser features the RealMotion II cone system and the Permaloc stud head, which screws the head to the body so it never detaches unless you want it to.

$140-$280 | averyoutdoors.com


Bigfoot Sleeper Shells

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Complement that spread of Bigfoot full-bodies with these sleeper shells. They’re just the ticket for hunting over snow and ice. Stackable, the one-piece design is as tough as the originals, so no need to baby these.

 $180-$200 (6-pk) | bigfootdecoys.com


LSP Webfoot Pro-Series II Mallards

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Non-reflective surfaces, new artwork, 12 different poses and a 30 percent increase in size make these flats the finest in the field. Seven drakes and five hens per pack.

$129 (12-pk) | realgeesedecoys.com


Mojo Elite Series

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Terry Denmon has made his livelihood on innovation, and more birds have died over MOJOs than anything else. His next generation of spinning-wing decoys are definitely “Elite.” The motor is now in a solid housing to reduce wobble and magnetic wings are a snap to install. The new spinners come in mallards, pintails, gadwall, wood ducks, and teal.

$80-$170 | mojooutdoors.com


Lucky Duck HDi

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Guide-worthy, the HDi is foam-filled and completely waterproof. An upgraded version of the popular HD, the molded magnetic wings have no screws to lose, and a long-lasting battery (complete with a smart charger), remote and gear bag are included.

$199 | luckyduck.com


Lucky Duck Super Goose Flapper

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Your flag man is out of a job thanks to the Super Goose Flapper, which mimics geese stretching their wings as they land. Made of EVA plastic, it comes with a remote, stand, lithium-ion battery, and gear bag.

$319 | luckyduck.com


Fowl Foolers Brant

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Brant bomb the decoys more willingly than a flock of shovelers. Buy a few dozen of these burlap and hand-painted dekes and get addicted. Wooden keels stand up to the salty and brackish waters you will find these birds in.

$175-$222 (6-pk) | fowlfoolers.com


Fowl Foolers Divers

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Burlap wrapped with wooden keels, these floaters are as indestructible as decoys get. They feature a life-size body and hand-painted schemes on the burlap exterior, creating a feathered texture look.

$285-$378 (12-pk) | fowlfoolers.com


Tanglefree Flight Series Mallards

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Four new body postures have been added to the Flight Series lineup. The 12-pack mixes it up for more realism with 2 high upright drakes, 2 upright drakes, 2 rester drakes, 2 skimmer drakes, 2 relaxed hens, 1 high upright hen and 1 hen skimmer.

$160-$190 | tanglefree.com

 


Tanglefree Canada Floater

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One-piece decoys make life much easier, and this 4-pack includes 2 relaxed uprights and 2 swimming uprights with weighted keels. The molds are built tough, so you never have to worry about losing heads and the life-like body postures and paint schemes are phenomenal.

$100 | tanglefree.com


Dive Bomb V2 Canada

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If you run traffic for big honkers or lessers you need numbers, and the V2s are a great option to build a big spread without the bulky price tag of full-bodies. Each silhouette is 4mm thick and tough as nails. Detailed images do not scratch, chip, peel or fade.

$85 (12-pk) | divebombindustries.com

 


Dive Bomb M1 Mallards

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If you are a walk-in hunter or have the desire to build a mega field spread that fits in your truck bed, the M1 Mallards will get it done. One of the best paint schemes we have seen on a silhouette, the 12-packs include 3 drake feeders, 3 drake uprights, 3 hen feeders and 3 hen uprights. Silhouettes can create movement as birds circle, and can make the difference on some days.

$65 | divebombindustries.com


Rig’em Right Texas Rig

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Rig ‘Em always gets it right. If you’re sick of making your own lead weights and stringing decoys, Rig’em Right makes a damn durable Texas Rig (RR has sold over 250,000 of its original weights in the last decade). Pre-rigged by the dozen, you will never have to untangle decoy lines again.

$30-$37 | rigemright.com


Lifetime Jerk Rig

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When it comes to jerk rigs, knots and tangles are the enemy. The Lifetime Decoys jerk rig is made indestructible and fool-proof. Ninety feet of coated steel cable and six swivel drops every six feet will have you making waves and fooling wary ducks.

$70 | lifetimedecoys.com

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