Decoy Spreads for Buffleheads

Decoy Spreads For Buffleheads

Here are 2 decoy spreads for buffleheads that will be sure kill more buffleheads.   If you want to pull in those coveted ducks, then these decoy spreads for buffleheads are exactly what you need because each of the decoy spreads for buffleheads  are clearly illustrated so you can exactly replicate them to improve your chances for duck hunting success.  Now let’s take a look these 2 examples of decoy spreads for buffleheads  that you can give a try on your next duck hunting trip.

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Decoy Spreads for Buffleheads #1

decoy spreads for buffleheads
decoy spreads for buffleheads


 “All Purpose” Decoy Spreads for Buffleheads:

  • Consists of 15- 200 blocks
  • Works on large bodies of water
  • Effective when birds get wary


The “All Purpose” is an example of decoy spreads for buffleheads that can be utilized primarily in very big water situations such as the great lakes, where large numbers are needed and multiple species represented.   This spread consists of 150 – 200 blocks and up to 5 spinners to draw birds from a great distance as well as pulling large migrating flocks.


In this setup I group the birds by species.  This takes some planning and preparation.  You’ll notice in the illustration the t100% of the decoys are on long lines, so in order to give the spread a more natural look (where species are not just lined up like soldiers) main lines may consist of 3 or 4 species of ducks in order to create look of groups rather than lines.


Bluebills, redheads, canvasbacks, goldeneyes, buffleheads with the option of sea duck decoys such as old squaw and scooter decoys.  Now all of your bases are covered!  This is giving the at times, the “not the smartest ducks in the flock” to much credit.


Perhaps, however, certain species like bufflehead and goldeneyes will most certainly not land with their own.  In addition, the all purpose is just that effective, fun and challenging to set and has out pulled other spreads, especially when birds get wary and educated.  Its a little work put it is a consistent performance spread.


Decoy Spreads for Buffleheads #2

decoy spreads for buffleheads
decoy spreads for buffleheads


“Open Water Fishhook” decoy spreads for buffleheads Summary:

  • Typical decoy count is a total of 80 – 120 decoys
  • The tail of the fishhook can be stretched out to distances of 90-120 yards
  • I usually use gang-lines for the tail, and a combination of gang-lines 2nd individually rigged decoys to eliminate a boxy or straight line appearance that comes with the sole use of gang lines.   Addition of individually rigged decoys placed at each side of the landing zone does the trick
  • Open water fishhook works from layout boat or boat blind


The “Fishhook” or “J” spread may be responsible for more limits of diver ducks than any other.  The widely used fishhook spread is relatively easy to deploy with gang lines, individually rigged decoys, or a combination of both.  What’s more is the fishhook works for both open water layout hunts and shoreline setup.


The J shape of the fishhook creates a runway to direct divers to the mass of ducks and landing area.  In my experience, for unknown reasons to me it seems as though the fishhook works best with a crossing wind for open water setups, whereas in the shoreline applications the wind at your back is generally preferred.


A mix of bluebills, redheads and canvasback decoys that create the bulk of the fishhook pattern, I will often add a group of 8-15 goldeneyes to one side, and the same number of buffleheads on the other.  Also a small clutch of mallard decoys are implemented with the shoreline spread.


This decoy spread and commentary was provided by Jeff Taege at Hoduck Decoy Company.


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