RedHead Reality Series Magnum Mallard Decoys
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Add realism to your duck hunting decoy spread with the RedHead Reality Series® Magnum Mallard Decoys. Life-sized for easier visibility from above, these super-lifelike floating decoys provide a highly visible focal point that makes ducks commit to landing more readily. Magnum Mallard decoys feature rich, realistic paint templates and colors based on late-season, full-plumed ducks for the most realistic presentation possible. Reality Series Decoys incorporate three dimensions of precision craftsmanship, realistic posture, color, and feather detail, to add stunning realism to any spread. Thick-walled construction and strong 1-piece design for superior durability. Flame treatments after the application of each paint template bakes the paint on, ensuring these decoys are ready to withstand years of use in harsh hunting conditions. Each decoy features a weighted keel specifically designed to deliver lifelike movement out on the water. Set includes 3 drakes and 3 hens. Overall Length: 17-1/2''.
Manufacturer model #: RHRSMAG.
- Natural size, colors, postures, and more for ultimate spread realism
- Life-sized for superior visibility from above
- Accurately modeled on real drakes and hens
- Set includes 3 drakes and 3 hens
- Realistic postures
- Precise feather detail
- Multilayered paint scheme
- Super-durable 1-piece design
- One-piece, weight-forward, fixed keel
Rated 3 out of 5 by 1
Rated 3 out of 5 by gradystebbins Can't Reccomend
Well, I bought 12 of these decoys early last season to fill out my spread. There are definitely a couple of upsides to them: they are definitely painted realistically and the paint certaily seems to be holding up. They are also a good sized decoy, easy to see from afar, and they stay up pretty well.
Unfortunatly they do not hold up to regular use.
Earlier this year I noticed a crack starting in the base of one of the hens. I patched it up with a line of gorilla glue and it seems to be holding together pretty well. A couple of hunts after that I pulled one of the Mallards out of the water that was starting to go submarine on me and found that there was a crack which ran almost all the way around the bottom of the decoy and it was leaking water like crazy. On the same hunt I had a keel completely break off another hen. I pulled them all into my shop and carefully inspected each one. I patched another keel on a hen with gorilla glue that was starting to crack, I was not able to save the mallard with the cracked bottom, the damage was far too extensive to spray foam on the inside.
About a week later I pulled another low floater out of the water and a piece of the hull measuring about 1 inch by .5 inches had just completely broken off. I think another crack had started on the base and caused it to fail. I was able to patch that one up by filling it with foam and painting over the hole with epoxy.
Finally, this last weekend I inspected all of the decoys again after I pulled them out of the water. Sure enough another one was cracked all the way around the base. There is no way I can seal it up.
So at this point I'm just waiting on the rest of them to fail. Didn't last me two seasons. The damage isn't from transport, either, I've been transporting them in a 12 slotted decoy bag so they don't bang against each other in transit.
It's a shame, because they do look good. I would recommend finding another brand.
On a final note, I didn't realize you could leave picture reviews on this website, or I would have snapped one before tossing any of those broken decoys. If it happens again to me I'll include a picture.
January 8, 2014
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