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Floating Duck Decoy Test Part 3

In our first decoy test, we checked how the paint faded over the course of 90 days on a pond. For our second test, we froze our decoys and hit them with a 2×4. In our third and final floating duck decoy test, we wanted to see how well the paint would hold up to repeated abuse. Over the course of a season, decoys get tossed in and out of boats and beat off each other. How well the paint resists cracking, chipping, scuffing, and rubbing off is an important aspect of deciding which brand to purchase. To simulate the repeated abuse a decoy takes, we hooked decoys from Avian X, DOA, Tanglefree, Higdon, Hard Core, and Greenhead Gear, Dakota, and G&H to the back of a truck and drug them 2 miles down a dirt road. Watch the video to see how it all unfolds and scroll down for before and after photos of all of the decoys.

As we’ve said before, we do not have any affiliation with any of these companies. These tests are simply meant to present what happened. We will not rank them in any way. The final decision is up to you!

Test Video


Avian X Topflight Mallards

  • A few small places where the paints rubbed off on the side and top of the head.
  • Sides of the body show wear with paint having rubbed off.Avian X Topflight Mallard Duck Decoy Review


Dakota X-Treme Dabblers

  • Paint is scuffed on the head, but very little rubbed off.
  • Sides of the body have some paint loss, but not as much as others.Dakota Decoy X-Treme Dabbler Duck Decoy Review


Higdon Full-Size Mallards

  • A few chips on the head, but no scuff marks.
  • Body has minimal scuffing, but front of chest has a few places that the paint chipped.Higdon Full Size Mallard Duck Decoy Review


DOA Refuge Series Mallards

  • Some scuffs and missing paint on the top of the head.
  • Body and chest have some paint loss and scuffing.DOA Rogue Refuge Series Mallard Duck Decoy Review


Hard Core Standard Mallards

  • Minimal paint loss on the head.
  • Body shows some signs of wear, but has very little paint loss or scuffs.Hard Core Standard Mallard Duck Decoy Review


Tanglefree Pro Series Mallards

  • Scuffing and paint loss on the top of the head.
  • Sides of the body show little signs of wear, but the chest has a few paint chips.Tanglefree Pro Series Mallard Duck Decoy Review


Avery Greenhead Gear Life-Size Mallards

  • Scuffing and paint loss on the top of the head.
  • Body has very little scuffing, but some places where the paint has rubbed off.
  • Front of the keel broke off where line gets attached.Avery Greenhead Gear Life Size Mallard Decoy Review


G&H Standard Mallards

  • Head shows little if any signs of wear.
  • The body also shows little signs of wear except for a paint chip on the front of the chest.
  • Two deep scratches on right side, but did not puncture.
    G&H Standard Mallard Decoy Review


See the First Two Tests

90 Day Pond Test

Floating Duck Decoy Test

Frozen 2X4

floating duck decoy test
Fowled Reality "Whirlwind"