I hunt w/ my brothers GHG. I think they look great, and so do the geese. A group of 15 landed at 2:30pm and didn't take off until we picked the decoys up at 8:00pm, we got within 5 feet of them before they took off :shock:
On the other hand the paint has rubbed off in spots, and the flocking can come off it the heads bang together. Keeping them separated bags should take care of any problems.
I have a doz. of their ducks and 1/2 doz. of their FB goose decoys and I love them. If you go with the FB's make sure to take care of your heads. It will be worth it if you do. But overall very good decoys. The ducks have withstood some serious abuse and they still look great.
I agree that the decoys do look good, but keeping them in seperate bags is really unrealistic when you hunt with a spread like we do. it is nothing to use 4 dozen fulbodies, and at the end of the season we will use over a hundred of them, so until they can be abused like the bigfoots, i will continue to use the BF's
GHG makes socks that are for the sole purpose of putting over the flocked heads. I use them and they work great. It allows me to so called abuse them like the BF's. Over all they are a great looking decoy but just like all of your decoys, at the end of the season they will take some touching up.
I bot 6 this year to try them and loved them. I will be buying more. I cut the legs off of some of my mom's old tights and nylons and put them on the heads before and after. That really helped improve their durablity. I leave the tights on until I set them and then pull it off which prevents dirt getting on the flocking. They look far superior to the BF HOWEVER they are brand new and the BF are older so it really isn't a fair comparison. The paint on the body does seem to be scraping off a little. It happens when you transport them in the vehicle they rub together. If you can keep the bodys from banging around they would last longer. This si almosty impossible in my opinion though. I believe BF are more durable as far as the body. I love the flocked heads on them and will be flocking my BF (what a mess that will be)
They make a fully flocked decoy available in the cabelas waterfowl catalog. Anyone tried the fully flocked???$199 for 6
MY FRIEND HAS ONE DOZ. GHG AND I HAVE TWO DOZ. HARDCORES AND IT IS NO COMPARISON WHICH IS BETTER. THE HARDCORES! BUT, YOU HAVE TO TAKE REAL SPECIAL CARE OF THE HARDCORES AND PAY A LOT MORE FOR. THE GHG ARE TOO BROWN FOR THE GEESE IN IDAHO BUT YOU MIGHT GET LUCKEY AND KILL A FEW. SO ILL STICK WITH MY HARDCORES AND REAL GEESE SILS.
I picked up half a doz of the 2004s and they look and work well. A friend of mine allerted me to a sale going on at Joes Sporting Goods in St. Paul $89.95/6. I just called and confirmed it with Joes. Definately stopping in after work and picking up some more!
I had 2 doz. Sold them after a few weeks, They were the most Un-Durable decoy I have ever seen. Virtually every-one of them had paint coming off, I had two stripped out heads, and legs coming apart on some. I DO NOT PILE THEM UP IN A TRAILER EITHER. I do agree they look awesome, but until they can make something that lasts Im gonna stick to Big Foots. Also Big foots are made in the u.s, which is always a plus.
Just picked up 6 goose decoys. The paint was already rubbed off in spots right out of the box. They do look good however, but I am not sure if they are worth the $ if they will not hold up. I am putting the heads in old socks but the paint on the bodys just is not holding up well. Time will tell, but for now, if I do buy anymore deks I will go with the big foots!
They are some of the most realistic decoys but the paint suck and the bases are pain to get on. It took two of us to get the bases on each of our decoys, one to hold the base in place and one to lock them in place. I like the ones i have but will not buy anymore. If i were you spend the money on bigfoots that is all I will buy for fullbodies. The GHG shells are pretty good though i will be buying some soon.
Half my setup time is spent trying to get these friggin things together. Last time I just ended up sitting the bodies on top of the legs because I couldn't get them snapped on. The heads are a pain too. They do look awesome after you finally get them together. I will probably stick to big feet and Flambeau Judges from now on unless GHG does some tweaking to their paint application process and gets these things to fit together.
The first couple times I tried to put the foot bases on, I couldn't get them on very fast. Now I know a trick to it and it works every time. Place the body on its back and drop the foot base in the hole and then I turn the dial and it turns very easy and snaps right in. I used to try to put the foot base on the ground first and then try to put the body on it. Try it and tell me if it worked for you.
i got like 2 dozen of there full bodies and to be honest they look great however they dont last..... i have had to take back every box that i bought because they came broken in the box from heads not fitting into the bodies to feet bases busted into 20 pieces in the bottom of the box. also paint chips super easy and flocking isnt very strong..... but if you can keep them seperated from rubbing or anything like that then they are a great decoy because they look super realistis! but if you have a decoy trailer that you throw decoys into these decoys wont last a season. you cant even take the heads off or else the mechanism weares down and then it is a super loose fit........ if your looking for decoys that you dont have to babysit like a 4 year old child than i would reccomend against them and for the bigfoots. i am looking at getting some of the hardcores and try them out but first i need to know if they are any good. if you guys know anything about them look my post up in decoy section and tell me what you know about them. thanks
i went out today and put out just my 2 dozen GHG's on the ice of a friends lake and we limited out.... we had 5 birds land and sit in our decoys for about 5 to 10 minutes......... they sure look real but.......... like i said before they suck for being durable............ but i can keep mine apart from eatchother but anymore than 2 doz and you cant make it work. but i do love their looks!!
I have a dozen of the GHG and after one season of use they look as worn as my three year old Bigfoots! The sentry dekes are super real looking but my next buy will be more Bigfoots. If you flock your Bigfoots they look damn near as good and will hold up a whole lot longer.
I picked up a dozen of their mallard ducks today at Cabela's for only $24.99. They look really good to me, and if the paint doesn't hold up, it will give me something to do after next season. For the price they seem hard to beat.
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