However many hunters do like the larger decoys and have found effective ways to transport the larger spread. We also found that the easiest way to transport the old model was to use the Avery 12 slot full body mallard decoy bags but quickly found out that we also needed to double bag the decoys do to the fact that the paint would scrape off while being bounced around in the trailer. However once we double bagged the decoys with a light plastic inner bag that solved the problem.
With the new A.C.E. decoys we feel that they look as good as the old model but are much more durable due to the new material. The paint scheme looks just as good and we were unable to tell the old ones from the new ones when set up in the field. Due to the added durability of the new style, we no longer needed to bag the decoys and we also found the new style of decoys are significantly lighter than the original models. We did elect to keep them inside the 12 slot bags to keep them clean and it seems to be the best way to fit a large spread in a small space. We also like the stake system with the DSD Decoys and that has not changed at all. They use ¼’ stainless steel stakes with a very sharp point which allows the hunter to penetrate frozen or hard ground with a 2 pound mallet. We have hunted all conditions with these decoys besides ice and have yet to be unable to get the stakes in the ground. The only modification we made to the stakes were to wrap the tops of the stakes with a reflective tape as they are a little difficult to see in the dark but the use of the reflective tape and a good head lamp that problem was solved.
Now for the real story, how well do they actually work in true hunting conditions. We were sold the first time we used the original model of the DSD lesser Canada goose decoys when we had been hunting late season, hard pressured birds in western Wisconsin in December and were able to go from four dozen full body decoys from another brand, down to 2 dozen of the DSD decoys and had large flocks of smart birds circle in several times at 15 yards and less and finally touch down. Where as when hunting the same birds over a different spread of quality full body decoys, a few days previous, we had the same birds continually flare at 40 yards. Since that first time out, we have yet to have had a situation where the birds would not decoy in and land, when all other aspects were done properly such as perfectly camoed blinds, no gear left outside the blinds, no dogs outside the blinds etc and when we were hunting a feeder field that the birds had been using. We have also found that these ARE NOT magic decoys. If other aspects are not done properly, the birds will flare and / or not give us a good look, but when we used just the DSD decoys and everything else was done properly, time and time again we have enjoyed large flocks of Canada geese touching down in the spread.
The final test came in late November in Pierre, SD this past fall when hunting out of a well concealed pit blind, we had an adult Golden Eagle drop down out of the sky and dive bomb the spread of 4 dozen DSD lesser decoys. The eagle actually hit one of the restor decoys in the back of the head and rolled the decoy across the field and then took off. This happened at less than 10 yards from the pit blind. In our opinion this truly shows the realism of the new DSD A.C.E. Canada goose decoys and we would highly recommend making a sound investment into a spread of these fantastic decoys.
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