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How can I get better results with a floater decoy?

Q: I seem to get mixed results with floaters among the decoy pattern. How many do you use in your set up, and where do you put them?

A: Like you, I do not great results with floaters, though some people swear by them.

I tend not to use them these days, but when I do, will always place them out on the wings of the pattern, rather than right in the killing zone. That way, incoming birds do not have to pass directly over them to get in.

A badly positioned floater will usually turn more birds away than it attracts.