9 expert tips to keep your waterfowl decoys looking ducky (and goose-ish)

Deke upkeep

Your decoys aren't duping ducks and geese? It’s probably time for some long overdue maintenance


The paint on full-bodied decoys often gets chipped and scratched, so one quick fix is to apply flocking, a fuzzy, textured coating that looks realistic and prolongs the lifetime of your investment (kits are available for this). The flocking also helps flatten shiny frost and the sun’s reflection on bluebird days. Decoys that already have flocking can be touched up at the end of each season to help keep them looking like new.


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