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    willfam3
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    PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 4:41 AM    Post subject: Dakota Bases Reply with quote

    Looking for input on how anyone stores their bases for Dakota's. I have a small trailer and I'm kinda anal about organizing the deeks, so I bag them. I have been putting the bases in Rubbermaid totes, but that is less than ideal and I'm running out of space at 5 dz. Anyone doing anything else to store the bases in the trailer?

    Thanks,

    Mike
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    shootemup
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    PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 3:28 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

    Bigger Trailer should do the trick
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    money pit
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    PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 4:13 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

    shootemup wrote:
    Bigger Trailer should do the trick


    rotfl rotfl

    It's funny cuz its true Shocked
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    scrapwood
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    PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 5:00 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

    Assume we're talking about goose decoys here (not duck).

    When I had Dakota goose decoys I used their bags. I left the bases on. They fit in the slots with the bases on.

    Are you using Dakota bags? If so, have you tried leaving the bases on?
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    JDK
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    PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2016 12:49 AM    Post subject: Reply with quote

    The Dakota bags I have have the base slots built in. The flaps to "secure" them haven't been so hot, so I added a few velcro straps, which helped. Other than that, they've worked okay. Only problem is there sure isn't very much blood or feathers stuck to 'em, but that's not Dakota's fault!
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    willfam3
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    PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 3:19 AM    Post subject: Reply with quote

    Thanks guys.

    Goose deeks and can't get a bigger trailer until I can get rid of my Jeep and get a truck. I'm running with Rogers Mid Sized 12 slot bags because I'm too cheap to get the Dakota bags. Anyone else doing anything different?

    Mike
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    wyofowler
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    PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 2:24 AM    Post subject: Dakota's Reply with quote

    Have you thought about storing them with the bases on and not bagged?
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    willfam3
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    PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 3:21 AM    Post subject: Reply with quote

    I did that with my first set and dinged up the flocking on the heads pretty good. So I'm a little gun shy on going that route and my anal sense of organization. Roger's has the Dakota bags on sale for $40 each, so I think I'm going to bite the bullet and order a dozen bags, instead of a couple dozen decoys...
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    PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:26 AM    Post subject: Storing Reply with quote

    A little flat black spray paint makes them look new again after season
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    prairie goose
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    PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:25 AM    Post subject: Reply with quote

    It is mostly in what makes you feel good I ran 20 dozen un flocked big feet for a couple decades and put lots of birds in the dirt with them. I now run lots of new decoys that are bagged and shoot less Geese then I used to and spend a lot more time putting out and picking up the decoys. The heads are still getting banged up in bags.
    I believe at the end of the hunt it is more about conditions that day, calling and set up of those decoys then the small details. If they can see a ding in the head that bird has bigger problems.
    I do not hunt close to the days that I used too. And would bet if I got the other 10 dozen Big feet out of the grain silo and put in a few more days hunting instead of messing around with this flocked, bagged stuff that I would return to those numbers. cheers
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    bldmtnrider
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    PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:03 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

    I've got 15 dz Avery ring bases which I think are pretty similar to Dakota and I just stack them in piles of 12 to 18 and shove them up against the edge of the trailer. But I also haven't pulled the ring bases out in a few years.

    The trick is to NOT use the bases and use field stakes. Buy yourself a cheap hammer drill and a long 3/8" concrete bit. Takes maybe 3 more seconds a stake but you'll save that on pickup and attempting to re-organize your trailer. Keep a few ring bases in your trailer to cover up the pit.

    And don't get too hung up on the flocking. Hard thing to do when you've just spent that much money but it really doesn't matter much. After a few years your flocking will start fading and take on a reddish color so you'll find yourself re-flocking anyway.
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