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Re Flocking Waterfowl Decoys

Re Flocking Waterfowl Decoys

Putting decoys in bags and taking them out rubs the heads and eventually they will show signs of wear. No matter how much babying you do to your decoys, it’s inevitable they will show the effects of use. Re flocking waterfowl decoys is a cost effective way to bring new life to your decoys spread without having to buy replacement heads or even worse, new decoys.

Re flocking waterfowl decoys is not a project you want to tackle in a couple hours. It takes time and planning, but the end results can leave you with new looking decoys for waterfowl season. Before you begin, you need the following things.

1. Flocking material

This can be found in numerous places. Our was purchased from a taxidermy supply company, but is also available on Amazon and Ebay. A little bit of flocking goes a long ways. We used 1 pound and were able to re flock over 13 dozen decoys and still have plenty left over.

2. Black enamel paint

This is the base coat that is applied to the areas you will be re flocked. Just as the the flocking, a little bit of paint goes a long ways.

3. Paint brushes

Used to apply the paint.

4. Tin pans or large rubbermaid totes

We used these to collect excess flocking material.

5. Plastic condiment bottles

Fill with flocking and tap or lightly squeeze to apply the flocking.

How to Re Flock Waterfowl Decoys

1. Get any dirt or dust off of the flocked areas of your decoys. This will allow for a smooth, unblemished look when complete.

IMG_96612. Lightly apply the enamel paint. The tricky part is to keep the paint from running on the decoy. Apply a thin coat to start and dab it on to ensure the cracks are being filled. If you just brush it on, some areas may be left without paint. After initially covering the decoy, apply a second light coat, but not to the point that the paint runs.

3. Hold the decoy over the tin pan or rubbermaid container and light tap the condiment bottle that is filled with flocking. Cover an area then lightly shake the decoy to allow the excess flocking to fall into the container. Continue on the entire decoy only covering small areas at a time and letting the excess fall off. Every once in a while, the bottle will get clogged. A gentle squeeze will break the flocking loose and you can resume just tapping on the bottle to apply the flocking to the decoy head or tail.

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4. Once you have the entire area covered, give the decoy a good tap or shake to get any excess flocking off. You want the flocking to be smooth as it adheres to the paint on the head.

5. Allow the flocking/paint to dry over night before storing the decoys back in bags.

It’s not a hard process, but it is definitely one that you’ll want a large space for and if you’re doing more than a dozen decoys, you definitely want to invite some buddies over to help. Reflocking waterfowl decoys is a great off season project and is cheaper than buying replacement heads or new decoys.

Re Flocking Waterfowl Decoys

 

New Waterfowl Hunting Gear from the 2012 SHOT Show

New waterfowl hunting gear is starting to hit the market. The show season has begun across the country and one of, if no the largest outdoor show is currently being held in Vegas.  In the coming weeks, more and more new waterfowl hunting gear will find their way to our computer screens, but here is an early look at a few of the products Fowled Reality has caught wind of.

Sitka Gear Waterfowl Line in Optifade Marsh

What can you say other than WOW!  This stuff disappears in many waterfowl settings and if it's anything like their deer hunting line of gear, it's top quality and very warm.  Sitka is known for their system of clothing.  It's not just one jacket or new waterfowl hunting gearpair of pants that keep you warm, it's the layers.  The new waterfowl line being the outer layer made with Gore-Tex which we all know is nice in sub freezing temperatures or in snow/rain.  The one downside to this stuff is it's pricey!  What isn't pricey in waterfowling though?  The Delta Wading Jacket (pictured at left) has an MSRP of $369. Look for more of the Sitka Waterfowl Line to be introduced in the coming days.  You can also check out the promo for this waterfowl hunting gear produced by the guys at Fencepost Films. Incredible stuff!

Additional features include:
● 2 Chest Pockets
● Functional hood
● Articulated sleeves
● 2 Shell Pockets
● Water sealing cuffs
● Available in sizes small to 3XL

 

 

Flambeau Outdoors Full Body Mallards

Flambeau carries just about anything and everything in terms of waterfowl gear, but the one thing they've been lacking is a full body mallard.  Wait no long waterfowl hunters, the new Storm Front Full Body Mallard will arrive in 2012.  At 18.5 inches, these decoys are magnum sized for better visibility.  They'll come in 4 body positions with round bases and the bungee strap system.  The use of a bungee to anchor to the bases gives the waterfowl hunter the ability to lock it in for a more stationary look or the option to leave the stake in a position that gives about 40 degrees of movement.  If these decoys are like the other decoys we've used with the bungee system, then it requires very little wind to really bring the spread to life. Flambeau has a video introducing some of the key features of the new Storm Front Mallards. Flambeau's New Waterfowl Hunting Gear

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Mojo Outdoors Thrasher New Waterfowl Hunting Gear

Waterfowl hunting gear is always changing.  There is an endless quest for new ways of creating motion in your decoy spread.  Some say outlaw electric decoys, some say let's buy as many as we can.  One of the companies at the forefront in motion decoys, Mojo Outdoors, has come up with a new motion decoy.  Call is a cross between the Mallard Machine and the Mojo duck.  It' the same trolley motor prop from the mallard machine, mounted on a mojo stake to create wake behind the mojo.  The prop simply adjusts up and down the post depending on the water depth and desired wake motion.

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Benelli Super Black Eagle Performance Shop Waterfowl Edition

new waterfowl hunting gearAs if the $1700 price tag for the regular SBE wasn't enough, Benelli decided to come out with a "souped up" version to help you kill more waterfowl.  To kill these waterfowl you just need to fork over $2899 to get the Performance Shop SBE. This new Benelli unveiling is your standard Super Black Eagle, but with a custom tuned trigger, Hi-Viz sight, lengthened and polished forcing cone, and a set of Rob Roberts Custom Triple Threat Choke Tubes.  Is the extra price worth the extras and custom work on the gun?  Hard to say without first shooting it, but at first thought, you could by two really nice waterfowling guns for the price of one.