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Bluebill decoys #7612778
06/25/22 10:37 PM
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One of my good friends is a fair bit older than me and has begun "decluttering" some.
His father was one of the last commercial fishermen on Lake St Clair and so the family shot and ate a lot of ducks since they lived right on the lake in the 60's.
Anyhow, he asked if I could take his diver blocks to make him some room in his shed and I was happy to oblige. These guys have seen a lot of use and God willing, they'll see a lot more with me (he's always invited and often comes with me)
I am fortunate to be blessed with great friends...
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Last edited by slydogx; 06/25/22 10:38 PM.

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Re: Bluebell decoys [Re: slydogx] #7612779
06/25/22 10:39 PM
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Thats really cool

Re: Bluebell decoys [Re: slydogx] #7612787
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Looks like some old Herters blocks in the bunch.

Re: Bluebell decoys [Re: slydogx] #7612789
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Definitely some Herters in the mix. There are a lot of others that I cannot identify...flatties with wood bottoms and a round chunk of lead for a keel

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Re: Bluebell decoys [Re: slydogx] #7612793
06/25/22 11:10 PM
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Really nice old decoys. I'd feel priviledged to shoot over those.


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Re: Bluebell decoys [Re: slydogx] #7612794
06/25/22 11:11 PM
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Agree several Herters. If I remember correct they called them shot proof or maybe the name was bullet proof. Also some look like G and H. A little paint and they will last you a lifetime. Nice you did well

Re: Bluebell decoys [Re: slydogx] #7612797
06/25/22 11:20 PM
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You sir are a blessed man! There is nothing in the hunting trapping world so great as hunting bluegills!
Rick!

Re: Bluebell decoys [Re: slydogx] #7612798
06/25/22 11:21 PM
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Brighten up that white and youre set. Great score!

Re: Bluebell decoys [Re: slydogx] #7612882
06/26/22 07:15 AM
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Nice! Those ol' blocks have seen some action, looks like.

Re: Bluebell decoys [Re: slydogx] #7612891
06/26/22 07:29 AM
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The first picture is like looking at a whole lots of blonds in a bar on Saturday night.

How many are solid wooden ones ?

Re: Bluebell decoys [Re: Northof50] #7612938
06/26/22 08:38 AM
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Correction...there are no solid wood decoys in the mix. Most are foam with a few carrylite plastics in the mix. There is also a Victor Canvasback in the 2nd pic which I put up on a shelf.

Last edited by slydogx; 06/26/22 08:40 AM. Reason: Correction

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Re: Bluebell decoys [Re: slydogx] #7612941
06/26/22 08:42 AM
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thats great

Re: Bluebell decoys [Re: slydogx] #7612954
06/26/22 08:54 AM
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I worked with a guy that had a pile of old hand carved wooden decoys .His Dad and Grandfather had made many of them themselves . And they also had a large amount that they purchased They hunted the Susquehanna River in PA during the 1950,s 60's ,70,s and a little bit of the 1980,s My friend's Dad took up collecting old decoys and I was able to go with him to public sales here in the area .He had some very nice examples' of working decoys that he was able to buy .Sadly all three of them are now gone .I was able to get a few from them before they passed . Those old time working decoys where treasures to their owners .And they are a piece of history .They are are a part on an era in the legacy of hunting in America

Re: Bluebell decoys [Re: slydogx] #7612966
06/26/22 09:16 AM
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That is awesome! I have an older friend in his early 80s who I helped commercial fish and duck hunt with him since the mid 80s. Also hunted with his dad. He is gone now but was caught in the armistice storm in a skull boat in the Mississippi River. I will have to see what old decoys he has, Im sure he has some. Still has the skull boat his dad used. I remember they would use bleach bottles and wed paint the top and bottom black. They had tons of them and had multiple ones on a anchor line with one single line extending out. Those blue bills would see those and head straight up that line. That was a sight to see.

Re: Bluebell decoys [Re: slydogx] #7612996
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Here in PA Blue Bills ,Canvas Back and Red Heads where the considered the primary choices if they could be taken .But ducks where food on the table so they shoot what they could .They alsp have what they called a sneak boat I went hunting with my work friend one time in it It wa s made of canvas and sat low in the water . It wa slight colored and had a small board across the front They put out their decoys and sat in the boat near cover a little way off .When ducks would land in the decoys they would do what they called run the decoys .They maneuvered their boat into the decoys and paddled close enough to get shooting at the ducks .It was the preferred method of duck hunting by most of the Susquehanna River hunters

Re: Bluebell decoys [Re: slydogx] #7613008
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Same thing with the scull boat w side. They were brushed and had a small motor but also an oar out the back to maneuver it. They would lay down in it and sneak up on the ducks. They had a boat hide a ways from the spread where they could hide the boat and not be seen always up current from the spread. His son ( who is 81) now told me when he was young his dad would take him scull boat hunting but his dad always got the first shot then he was allowed to get into them lol. This was around the early 50s when he was a kid. Imagine crossing the Mississippi River during armistice day in that scull boat. Those old timers were tough! He said he knew it was gonna get exciting when sneaking up into the ducks and some would swim right up to the boat and pick at the willows.

Re: Bluebell decoys [Re: slydogx] #7613024
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I can't say that I prefer the old fashion ways that our ancestors hunted . I mostly like being warm and dry .The new modern clothing and gear are light years ahead of buckskins and even wool clothing . But having started hunting in the 1960's I had my share of experience with asking myself what I was doing out on in some of the days I hunted .We tend to forget that in the first half of the 1900's hunting was much more about putting food on the table. So when the weather got real rough the hunters of that era just did what they had to do

Re: Bluebell decoys [Re: slydogx] #7613035
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The area I hunt was the very heart of the market hunting era about 20 miles Southwest of Detroit.
There is a ton of history here that is all but forgotten because the bunny huggers find it distasteful and the new batch of "ethical" hunters can't understand the issues in historical context.


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Re: Bluebell decoys [Re: slydogx] #7613039
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That's too cool ! You very fortunate.


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Re: Bluebell decoys [Re: slydogx] #7613058
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Sly You nailed it Market hunting , trapping methods, bounty hunting , unlimited bag limits ,long or no closed seasons where all a part of how things where .We did not know any better so we did what was allowed during that era .And as you say new hunter today do not understand the context of how things where then The truth is that fur trade industry and hunting (market) where the single most influential reason behind the growth of America and the whole North American continent .The Louisiana purchase ,Lewis and Clark the fur trappers of the 1800's the French /Indian wars are where a part of this country growing for east to west .And that concept was still a driving force in the hunters of the 1940's and 1950's.The men that lived and fought in World War 2 and later the Korean war came home to good paying jobs at the time So they had money to spend on some of the things they enjoyed doing. The joy of hunting and the comradery was what keep people involved in hunting That spirit was as alive in duck hunters as it was in the millions of deer hunters that ha d a deer camp

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