hey guys i was just wondering if i should spend the money on the greenhead gear geese dekes or if i should buy some bigfoots. i found a good deal on the greenheads though. so i was just looking for some advice.
Green Heads are the way to go. They look awesome and they perform just as good. I know there has been a lot of speculation about them chipping and the flocking coming off, but we take care of ours and they have performed flawlessly. We put pantyhose over all the heads and keep them clean and we have had no problems. I am a big fan of GHG, but I know a lot of guys like big foots, but if you take care of your equipment it should work fine. Just my .02
I would look at it this way, what do you want more something that looks good(GHG), or something that looks not as good, but will last you way longer(bigfeet) I have bigfeet and they work great. My friend has some GHG and there footbases look like they will break right off. I heard of alot of problems with the feet.
Another thing to consider. Why do hunters spend more money on a decoy that is not as durable? Examples would be Dave Smiths, Drop Zones, Hardcores and GHG. A couple of years ago a dozen Hardcores would set you back close to $600.00 a dozen. Drop Zones today cost near $75 a piece. They are all about the same in durability. In fact, the older Hardcores were far from durable and down right fragile yet were very popular amongst hunters. The reason is simple and it has to do with "Stuffers". The least durable but most effective of all decoys. The more you look like a goose...exactly like a goose, the better the chances that geese will finish in your spread. This is why flocking works so well and what we have seen in the past few years for decoy advancement is just the beginning. Companies like Harcore, Drop Zone, Dave Smiths and GHG all have the same goal as producing a decoy that resembles a goose as close as possible but more durable. If you look at Gardcore, Dave Smiths and Drop Zones in a field, they look like geese, not decoys. You just can't say the same about foots but yes, of the decoys mentioned they are the most durable but the least effective.
I'll have to agree with mallard hunter. The ghg look great when they are new but, I promise the big foots will last longer. I flocked all of my big foots (heads and tails) hunted with them hard and I don't baby my decoys and after two seasons I'm going to have to touch them up before next year. When I'm done hunting esp. if I limit early I want out of the feild to let other geese use it so I don't want to take time put a sock on a head. I can pick up 7 or 8 bigfoots at a time and kick one or two back to the pit. :lol: I did buy some of the shells with motion stakes at the end of the year seemed to really liven the spread up with that extra motion. It's all personal preferance.
IT ALL DEPENDS ON HOW YOU USE THEM AND HOW MANY YOU USE IF YOUR TALKING ABOUT 1-2 DOZ THEY WOULD BE GREAT BUT YOU HAVE TO BABY THEM. WE RUN 10 DOZ IN OUR GROUP AND WE HAVE HAD NOTHING BUT PROBLEMS PAINT CHIPING BROKEN BASES HEADS WILL NO LONGER STAY ON. WE HAVE 6 DOZ BIG FOOTS AND WE HAVE HAD THEM SINCE THEY FIRST CAME OUT AND THEY STILL LOOK GOOD. IF IT WERE MY MONEY I WOULD GO WITH B/F THEY WILL OUT LAST ANY DECOY ON THE MARKET JUST MY .02
i can only speak for what i have used... we have 4 dozen big foot decoys and take no pity on them... they are loaded on a trailer (piled) we clean them with a pressure washer, these decoys are about 6 years old and look like the day they were bought... i have looked at other decoys but we have 20 members in the club and the big foot is made to withstand the riggers of being mistreated.. my observation....
BUY THE BIG FEET. i bought 3 dzen ghg full bodies at the begining of last season. after 3 weeks of use I had to replace 4 foot bases and 3 heads. Had paint coming off virtually everyone of them, and NO I DO NOT PILE THEM IN A TRAILER, i put socks over all the heads and wrap them up each time. I also do not agree that theyare any more effective than the feet. People used big feet for years and years and raved how well they work. I guarantee you will kill just as many geese over a big foot spread as a ghg spread and you will have the big feet for years and years, I dont care what anyone says, ghg are not durable. However I have 2 dozen of the over size shells and they actuall look o.k. after a season of hard usage. If you ask me people are getting carried away with the spreads these days, worrying about things way too much, just go out and have fun. Years ago there were no such thing as big foot or ghg and the old timers tell stories of killing just as many birds as these days.
There is no way bigfoot look better then GHG. The big foot bodies look like "footballs" and they are not flocked. I think you are right about thing that people worry way too much about their spread, but the geese get smarter every year. This is just my opinion.
I never said they looked better, just said they worked just as well. I do agree that we seem to flare fewer birds since we flocked the heads on our big foots. As far a saying the bodies are shaped like a football, I dont see it, they are shaped like any canadian goose I have ever seen. They are bigger than ghg, if thats what you mean. New geese are born every year, I agree geese get decoy shy, but unless your telling me that geese are evolving into something smarter I dont understand the theory that they get smarter every year. Not looking to start an argument, I just stated what I think and know. I think bigfoots work just as well, and I know they are much more durable. I will compare numbers of birds killed in a season with anyone, and they are killed over a spread of 99% bigfoot. If you have had different experiences thats great. Again not looking to start anything, ive got my opinions, and I know what works for me, if something different works for you go for it!!! Gotta run, need to check the numbers on the snows!!!
I am not saying they won't kill geese. The locals around here get smarter every year for sure. Well, after you shoot into them enough. :lol: :roll: Bottom line, you will kill geese if you are in the right spot with any decoys.
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