First ones PURCHASED were Mallard inflateable soft rubber decoys that had the big ring weight on the bottom that you threw up in the air and when they hit the water they self inflated. I still have about a half dozen of them but have not used them in over 30 years. The next purchase was Mallard and Pintail decoys manufactured by Plasti Duck out of Medford, OR. the kind with the inflateable valve on the rear-end of them. I still have a ton of them and use the Pintails often.
First decoys I used were carved out of 2 x 6 nailed together and roughed out with a shinglers hatchet, rasped to bettr shape and pattern painted. That was in the late 50's, couldn't afford any factory decoys. Did 2 doz of them. Man they must have weighed close to 2 lbs apiece. I only have one drake left sitting on display. It was given to a friend before it was used and a year or so ago he surprised me and shipped it back to me.
One dozen each standard sized Carry-Lite water keel mallards, blacks and bluebill's from Cabela's. I sold them to purchase some magnum Flambeau's that I still use. Never regretted that decision. Carry-Lites had a bad problem with the paint coming off.
I think they were real geese silos or outlah silos and now I don't use them. That was 9 years ago. My first ducks I bought were a 4 pack of teal to add to my buddies spread bc I actually thought it would make a difference haha. Still use them tho.
I bought 39 Aqua Vac goose dekes off Ed Charnock, some of them had some paint chipping, I have since then repainted all of them and they look SWEET. I think these are the old style, but for the price he gave me I couldn't resist. I still use them and have killed a lot of birds over them. My first set of duck dekes were the hot buy greenhead gear malligans. I don't use them any more because they are too small they look like the size of a teal. I now use Cabelas Real Image Super Mag Malligans, the paint Is identical to the greenhead gear, but the Cabelas Dekes have swivel heads. I 'm impressed with these but I'd like to make my own and hunt over them this would make my hunting more genuine than it already is. Does anyone have any ideas on making your own?
Don't get started making your own. It is just as addicting as this sport and you will start thinking of all the places around the house you can remodel to accomodate your carving/painting/storage spots. <img src="/images/boards/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" align="absmiddle">
When I was a kid,and our Dad was hell bent on getting us started in waterfowling, George Herter was the MAN. That big yellow paged catalog would arrive,chocked full of everything one needed to be a successful duck hunter. The descriptions of the products alone would send a young duck hunters head into a spin. I remember my late father ordering our first decoy rig, 18 of herters Model 72 mallards. When they arrived, we carefully unpacked them, fishing them out of their boxes,cradled in excelsior,long before styrofaom packing peanuts. A taxidermist friend mooching the wood wool from us to wrap his own bodies. Then the Model Supreme Goose decoys followed, with the black dowel rods to stake them out in the fields. Of course, what good were decoys without calls? My brother, and friends of ours all got their very own Vit Glodo metal reed duck calls and Saskcatchewan Goose calls, the wooden ones with the hole in the side. My mom about went crazy that first summer, with all of us caterwalling around with our calls, determined to be ready for opening day of the season. Fond memories from the past for me.