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The first one out of 6. What do you think? Will it work? Individual slot bag and these should be good to go.
Brilliant idea. I watched a couple of guys hunting sandhill cranes and they had stuffed about half a dozen cranes and used them for decoys...the stuffing job wasn't professional or anything, just rudimentary and it worked like crazy
 

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Man how you do that? Looks great!
 

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If ducks see a certain hugh from the feathers and key in on it as what they look for to be real, you have maybe just started the next new craze. I really don't understand why someone hasn't created a real photo of a duck on a decoy some how. Looks good man let me know how it works out.
 

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They are called Stuffers, very popular back east.
A average trailer full of them are easily worth 10-12 thousand bucks just for the decoys.
 

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If ducks see a certain hugh from the feathers and key in on it as what they look for to be real, you have maybe just started the next new craze. I really don't understand why someone hasn't created a real photo of a duck on a decoy some how. Looks good man let me know how it works out.
There are skins that go over decoys that have a printed image, but nothing like the real deal. I may try to skin a mallard and slide it over a decoy.
 

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There are skins that go over decoys that have a printed image, but nothing like the real deal. I may try to skin a mallard and slide it over a decoy.
You might need to have smaller decoys for that to work but I was wondering the same thing..might want to talk to a taxidermist and see what you could treat the skinned inside with to keep it from rotting or stinking too badly.
 

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Looks great!

What are your thoughts about flocking the head now? In your experience, does that make a difference or not?
I thought about that, but I will probably just repaint the head and body. It certainly wouldn't hurt to flock the head though.
 

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You might need to have smaller decoys for that to work but I was wondering the same thing..might want to talk to a taxidermist and see what you could treat the skinned inside with to keep it from rotting or stinking too badly.
It's cold right now so not too worried about the stink (just yet) I plan on just chucking them after the season.
 

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If ducks see a certain hugh from the feathers and key in on it as what they look for to be real, you have maybe just started the next new craze. I really don't understand why someone hasn't created a real photo of a duck on a decoy some how. Looks good man let me know how it works out.
They have made them! And I happen to have a pair!

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You might need to have smaller decoys for that to work but I was wondering the same thing..might want to talk to a taxidermist and see what you could treat the skinned inside with to keep it from rotting or stinking too badly.
I can't tell how much of the wing was used just by looking at the picture, but...

The wings do have a fair bit of meat up where they meet the body. If you simply cut the wing off from the outside of the bird, you will leave some meat inside it. But if you make a cut on the underside of the wing, you can remove it from there. Cure with some Borax and you're good to go.

As far as skinning goes... If you want a long-lasting skin, you'll probably need to do something like this:

Remove as much meat and fat from the skin as possible and then liberally scrub the inside of it with Borax 20 Mule Team detergent booster (I'm sure there are other things that work too, but that's what we've always used). This will absorb the fats/oils of the bird and start the curing process. Then, give it one more good coating with the Borax and let it dry/cure for a couple of weeks (the skin will get fairly rigid, so make sure it's situated in the position you want it to remain in). If done properly, it will last for years.

We've done this to save the skins of a few of our favorite birds, but never for a decoy. I think an entire skin would be a lot of work if you want it to last awhile. Or even if you don't, honestly. Skins are a lot of work.

I think the wings look nice. It would be a good project for me if I ever get bored (which probably won't happen for awhile).
 

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Here's an example of what you can end up with if you know what you're doing (sorry about the poor photo quality). It's a good way to preserve a memory and the beauty of a bird without the expense and wait of a taxidermy mount. I'm sure a skilled craftsman could tailor a skin to a decoy and make it last a few hunts, but IMO the elements will take their toll and it isn't worth the effort.

 

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I skinned a pheasant and put it over a squash during the hunt. Some dude pulled up shot it out of his window of his car ran and picked it up and made it about ten steps before he figured it out it was just a skin man I about pissed my self laughing so hard.
 

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That's an awesome idea Fowl! Should work well for the last few weeks of the season. Just to prove that there's nothing new under the sun, these guys came up with the same idea about 2000 years ago-

I wonder if they had a mojo too?
 
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