It’s not uncommon to use silhouettes when goose hunting, they can easily double the number of decoys when using a full body and silhouette decoy spread. They also can be quite affordable compared to a half dozen full body decoys. However, the question gets asked what about mallard silhouette decoys, are those worth buying and using in your spread? It’s not uncommon to field hunt mallards these days, they especially like to follow CanadaÂ geese feeding habits and a combo hunt is all too common. Therefore, using some mallard decoys and silhouettes may be just the trick you need to fool mallards.
Mallard Silhouette Mobility –
Hands down there is no refuting that silhouettes offer the highest spread mobility when compared to full body decoys. When the wind shifts, the geese come in the spread from the wrong side, or the sun begins to shine, having the ability to change your spread and remain mobile when oncoming birds are overhead is important. Mallard silhouette decoys give you the ability to simply pull out a dozen in one single trip and move them to a new location. Full body mallard decoys are significantlyÂ smaller than full body goose decoys, however, full body decoys can’t be moved with one trip usually. I’ve seen it multiple times where the spread needs to change and a shooter jumps from his blind, taken maybe just a few minutes, but ends up busting a group of oncoming geese or ducks.
Decreasing the amount of time needed to move or change a spread is important when waterfowl hunting. Therefore, silhouette decoys can provide you with that capability. They also give you the ability to increase your decoy spread. Maybe you have a couple full body mallard decoys, but upon scouting, you find a spot with 500 mallards. Being able to mix in your mallard silhouette decoys is going to give your spread an increase in size and perception for decoying birds.
Mallard Silhouette Motion –
It would seem like a stationary decoy would have no motion in its presentation. However, I was mistaken silhouettes do flex a little creating a little motion, but that isn’t exactly what motion I’m referring to. As ducks overhead begin to circle and decoy a spread they see silhouettes from different angles. At certainÂ angles, a silhouette is seen and thenÂ when directly over the decoy it disappears. They give a flashing motion which ducks will be fooled by. They also create really solid shadows which full body decoys can sometimes not give off.
How ManyÂ Mallard Silhouette DecoysÂ –
The question usually gets asked quite often how many silhouettes should I use in my spread? Usually sticking to a 2:1 ratio is a great rule of thumb. Therefore, making sure you have at least 2 full-bodied decoys to every one silhouette. This way the spread looks filled in but isn’t just mallard silhouette decoys. However, I have heard of people using just silhouettes and having success. However, that is something you have to be willing to try out if geese or ducks aren’t responding well to full body decoys.
Mallard Silhouette Decoys –
Dive Bomb Decoys – M1 Mallard Silhouette Decoys
Dive Bomb Industries is a St. Louis based company that is quickly making its name in the silhouette decoy industry. They have focused on making not only top quality decoys but affordable silhouettes. Most companies making mallard silhouette decoys are quite expensive and Dive Bomb Decoys has really broken the mold on the standard.
The Dive Bomb mallard silhouette decoys can be ordered in dozen packs, each including 3 drake feeders, 3 drake uprights, 3 hen uprights, and 3 hen feeder. They are double sided corrugated material that is extremely durable in windy, wet, or sunny conditions. You won’t see these fade, or break down after using them. Each Mallard image is printed withÂ paint that won’t chip, peel, or fade. They are oversized images making them quite visible to distant and overhead mallards. If you are wondering how they are put into the ground, the silhouettes come with a 20-inch long powder coated steel two-prong wire that is inserted through the entire mallard silhouette. This makes them really strong and capable of being inserted in any type of surface.
White Rock Decoys – Headless Mallard Silhouette – Windsocks
White Rock Decoys started in 2009, in Lacrosse, WI along the Mississippi River. It all started with a small idea on how to reinvent and make the snow goose silhouette decoy better. As many small companies do, they started out of a garage and the company started to sell numerous snow geese decoys because of their Tuf-Snap Collapsible Support System.” A few busy years later they had established a solid name for themselves in the snow goose world. So they decided to go all in and begin to roll out decoys for the top hunted waterfowl species.
A little different to the conventional mallard silhouette, White Rock’s headless windsocks offer a lot of the same benefits with some added differences. First, instead of a 2-D image, the sock has no head and opens up at the head. This allows air to catch it and open it up, creating a 3-D image of a mallard body. Each pack is sold as a dozen and includes 6 hens and 6 drakes.Â They also include a 24″ fiberglass ground stake to help insert them into the ground. The windsocks give a very lifelike motion to them especially as the wind helps move them around. They are designed to withstand heavy winds without tearing or falling apart. The best part about these is that you can fit almost a hundred in a single decoy bag. Makes them really easy when carrying and deploying.
Mallard Silhouette Decoy Bag – Decoy Pro
Thankfully silhouette decoys are the easiest type of decoy to store. One can essentially fit dozens of decoys in one bag. Luckily, Decoy Pro has made a simple and cost-effective silhouette decoy bag. The bag can fit about four dozen silhouettes in a standing position. The bad even has a hole design on the bottom so that you can insert your decoys without having to remove the stakes.Â Any “H” or single stake design will work with this style of bag. Inside the bag, you will find straps that secure your decoys from sliding around and falling out when carrying them or driving with them in your vehicle. There is a shoulder strap or hand strap for carrying the decoy bad in the field. This provides you with a hands-freeÂ design.
The bag is made of a nylon canvas material providing durability when carrying it into the blind or field. Plus if you need to store the bag in the field it easily folds up for storing in your layout blind. On top of the high-quality canvas bag is the price. It comes inexpensively, especially considering it can haul about four dozen silhouettes.