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Decoy Rehab?

Decoy Rehab?

Getting more serious about doing some significant decoy rehab. Have any of the Rats ever messed around with cleaning, painting, or flocking decoys?

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After the end of the season, in the spring, when it starts to warm up, I always  set all of my decoys out in the drive way.  I fill up a bucket of water with a drop of dish washing liquid in it.  With a soft bristled brush from the automotive department at the local Wal-Mart for wheels, gently scrub the scum, slime, algae, mud, dirt, feathers, blood, and poop from the last season off your dekes.  Rinse them off with a sprits from the water hose.  Now is also a good time to check for leakers and also the rigging.  If you find any that need special attention set those out to deal with later.  After the decoys are dry (usually about 10-15 mins if the sun is shining and it's a warm day) they can now be bagged up and stored for next season. 

***A great little tip that I do is when you put your name on the decoy is to also number the decoy.  This helps out in the field if there is a problem with the decoy.  Now you don't have to keep track of one or two certain decoys while you are picking up, just remember one or two numbers and then you can look for them when you get home.

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All good ideas. Personally i like to touch up the white on my decoys fron rings around the neck on mallard drakes to the white on the tails. the white areas show up from a long way off

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This will be the first season in my life that I will not be doing any rehab to the blocks sad .  When I moved from ND I left all of them with one of my hunting partners in ND.  I think my time down here will be spent on making my own decoys and dreaming about using them,lol

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