If you are looking at hunting diver ducks one you might be wondering how to setup diver duck decoys. In this post I’m going to show you one example of an effective diver duck decoy spread. This particular diver duck decoy spread can work well for shoreline hunting. This decoy spread and commentary was provided by Jeff Taege at Hoduck Decoy Company.
Example of A Diver Duck Decoy Spread:
Diver Duck Decoy Spread: How to Setup Diver Duck Decoys:
The “Natural 2” is a good spread to utilize in two situations.
First, given the fact that I prefer to hunt windblown areas when diver hunting, rather than concentrate on calm or “the lee” areas of the lake, as most hunters do particularly when puddle duck hunting. There are times when it is so windy that it is unsafe for hunters as well as windier and rougher than the ducks like. When high winds occur a protected bay the divers frequent is your best bet.
Second, during late season when bodies of water freeze, there is an area where the ducks prevent complete freeze up. Some of my best late season diver hunts have taken place under this circumstance. The ducks will be concentrated and eager to return to the open water after their early morning fly about and feeding.
This spread consists of a large number of decoys, enough to fill as much of the open water as possible. 200 decoys is not uncommon. A mixture of bluebills, Redheads and canvasbacks are tightly grouped with three medium sized landing zones.
The large tightly grouped spread is flanked by goldeneye decoys on one side and bufflehead on the opposite. In addition to the diver blocks, I will add a group or two of both mallards and or coot decoys. This is a natural and often occurring event especially in the far north reaches of North America. Ducks will mix and pile into the three landing zones.
“The Natural 2” Benefits:
- Alternate or additional blinds can be used for this giant spread for a large hunting party or adjusting to the duck approach or landing zone preference
- 5 or more spinning wing decoys are used
- Place groups of mallards in the calmest waters
This decoy spread and commentary was provided by Jeff Taege at Hoduck Decoy Company.