Pro Tips: New Uses For Old Decoys

Don't retire those decoys just yet...follow these steps to breathe new life into these waterfowl hunting tools.

Quick Fixes - Do you have piles of decoys tucked away in the attic, collecting dust? Some might have a troublesome keel, or might taken some friendly fire. Wait -- don't toss 'em. Turn water keels into weighted keels by filling the keels with sand and sealing each end with caulk. If your decoys leak from an errant BB or two, drill a hole large enough to allow you to spray foam insulation into the body of the decoy. Fill the decoys and they'll be riding waves this fall. Another option is to repair holes with silicone sealer. If nothing else, give the decoys to a kid who might take interest in hunting.


1. True or False: Diving ducks have smaller feet than puddle ducks.

2. True or False: There are four waterfowl flyways in North America: the Atlantic, Mississippi, Central and Pacific.

3. True or False: Lesser snow geese and blue geese are two distinct species of geese.

4. Which of the following was the first pump gun ever made?
a. Ithaca Model 37
b. Remington Model 870
c. Winchester Model 12
d. Winchester Model 1893

5. What year was Ducks Unlimited founded?
a. 1937
b. 1945
c. 1954
d. 1966

Answers to Quiz on page 2.


1. False. Divers have larger feet. They need the extra paddling leverage for propulsion underwater.

2. True.

3. False. But they were not considered the same species -- lesser snow geese -- until 1983.

4. d. It was developed by John Browning in 1893.

5. a. One year later (1938), Ducks Unlimited was established in Canada.

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