I’ve read all the basic information about different decoy spreads and ways to arrange them in your hole. What are some other suggestions for making my decoy spread look realistic? Todd S. – Alabama

Ducks muddy the water where they feed. If you're riding to your blind in your boat, ride through your decoys to muddy the water. Too, when you're putting decoys out, stir-up the bottom. If you're hunting with three or four other hunters, all of you need to walk around the decoys to muddy the water before getting into the blind. Muddy water acts like a magnet to pull ducks out of the sky. If ducks spot muddy water from high in the sky and see the decoys sitting on that off-colored water, the birds have no reason not to believe that what they're seeing is a group of actively-feeding ducks. The more realistic you make the decoys appear, the more likely that you'll draw in high-flying ducks.   Generally clustering decoys in small groups tends to bring in ducks better than other systems. Many waterfowlers like to have some big groups of decoys and some small groups of two to eight decoys sitting away from the main body of decoys. Leave a flight path for the ducks to come in to as well as open water right over the blind in which the ducks can light. Ducks usually fly and feed in small groups. Sometimes several small groups may feed together to form a large group. But even in a big flock of ducks, you'll see small groups of ducks feeding away from the main body. In the big group of decoys, place one decoy or a pair of decoys for the focus duck that will, in some way, look different from the rest of the decoys in the main group. You may use two pintail decoys in a group of mallard decoys or two black duck decoys in a group of mallard decoys as focus ducks. Put your focus decoys on the downwind side of your main group of decoys in the exact spot where you want the ducks to land. Rod Haydel – Haydel’s Game Calls

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