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


Spray paint can be also used to touch up decoys starting to show their age. Make sure to buy flat touch-up paint, as a glossy, shiny coat will flare birds. Feather different coloured paint together on the body to try to match the original colour. You will need black, grey and brown for honkers. You can also convert old dark decoys into snow goose dekes by adding lighter colours. Likewise, you can make specklebelly decoys from old honker shells by changing the head and beak colours.


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