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It's time to fix your gear

Now is the time to fix your waterfowl gear for the upcoming season. When the time came to pick-up the decoys at the end of the season, most of us threw all the gear in a pile and said I take care of it next year. Well next season is right around the corner and it’s time to fix the broken decoy lines, paint the decoys and fix the grass on the blind covers. When it comes to fixing the grass on the blind covers, I went to the Gibson Flip-Flop blind covers three years ago and my covers are still in great shape and require only a garden hose to remove the mud from last season. The Gibson Blind Covers are so well constructed and professionally made, that my covers are still in great shape even after three hard seasons of hunting more than the average waterfowler.

Blind Covers

When it comes to fixing the decoy lines, I made another good move many years ago and went to the Tanglefree line and weights. Tanglefree line last for many years and does not tangle when you are picking up the decoys. Usually when I have a broken line it’s due to being impatient and jerking the line out of the mud that I had stomped too deep in ground when setting the decoys at the beginning of the season. If you are a refuge or boat hunter and pick-up your decoys daily, Tanglefree line and weights are the line for you. Just pick-up the decoy and put it in the bag or boat without even wrapping it around the decoy. When they named it Tanglefree, that is just what it is, Tanglefree.

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MAKE YOUR SINKER DECOYS—into check decoys with Gibson stakes.

If you are going to re-paint the decoys, be sure and use a primer paint that doesn’t shine. I also like to paint my sprig with extra white. White is always the best attractor when it comes to color in a decoy spread. I accentuate the white on the breast and rear of the decoy by making the white portion wider.

I keep all my sinker decoys every year and make them into check decoys. I screw the economical Gibson decoy stands into the bottom of the decoy and now I have a check decoy resting on the rice check. These decoy stands also work well if your rice check has a tendency to lose water by the end of duck season. I replaced the floaters with the check decoys and have had some phenomenal shoots. I run over 100 check decoys in my rice spread and try to have as many bull sprig decoys as possible.

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