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Stuffed Decoys

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Are any "regular joe's" using stuffed decoys? I live in Washington and know guide services that use them but wonder if anybody not in a guide service is using stuffers. I have all the materials to start making them, I just need the birds in the freezer :D
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Stuffers look great........for a short time. I do taxidermy as a hobby and I can tell you if you even half *** stuffing a goose you are looking at 8 hours of work and at least $25 to $30 a piece. Not only that but they would be a nightmare to maintain. Feathers will fall out and after you clean up the grease on the inside of the hide so they don't rot you lose alot of the water resistant effect of the feathers. They will get trashed in a good rain. Plus they are delicate. Imagine taking that honker or that mallard off your mantle and throwing it in a trailer or a decoy bag. It wouldn't last long.

If you really need ultra realistic decoys get some hardcore decoys. Greenhead Gears look good too. They will last and cost about the same or at least not much more than making stuffers. Use the amount of time you would spend scraping fat off a goose hide and work some overtime. You will save time, money, and frustration.
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