Decoys in the Pond
December 20, 2010 at 12:10pm
I've hunted in the marsh on private land for 29 years and I have to say that leaving the decoys on the pond will NOT distract ducks. The only drawback to leaving them on the pond is that if the wind changes direction, or if the water rises/drops, you may have to pick them up and move them to another blind location. I've left decoys around the blind all season in the past and we've never had a problem. In fact, one afternoon I fell asleep in the blind and woke up to something hiting the side of my boat. I about pee'd my pants when I heard the sounds of feeding ducks and saw 4-500 ducks on the pond, and in my decoys. They were eating snails off my boat and the brush, and even the decoys. Yep, they were plucking snails off the decoys. Some discourage it, but on my lease, no worries if they're set up right. I've left them out all split several times.