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From the Resene News – issue 1/2003

Duck! - Duck decoy paint kits

DuckDucks can be a clever bunch spotting a quacked decoy a pond away.

Decoys, an essential part of duck shooting, have always been an expensive item on the duck shooter's shopping list. Now budget conscious duck shooters can rejuvenate their old decoys with the new Decoy Painting Kit. Assembled to suit the most common species of water fowl hunted in New Zealand, that being the wily old Mallard, the step by step finishing instructions can make a decoy painting expert out of the most unartistic duck shooting devotee.

The Decoy Painting Kit includes sufficient Resene Lumbersider satin acrylic and Resene Enamacryl Metallic to coat 24 standard Magnum decoys (12 hens and 12 drakes), each applied by brush or low-pressure spray in a system of body coat followed by highlight coat.

Decoy painting is an art form unto itself. During the hunting season, birds are all at various stages of mating plumage, therefore no two birds are identical. The highlighting on each duck in the decoy flock is subtly varied to create a flock of individuals. With a kit under their wing, would-be duck shooters can experiment and repaint until their duck decoy buddies are perfect.

This article appeared in an older issue of the Resene News. The kits are no longer available from the supplier, however you can use the paints referred to above to paint duck decoys. A selection of Resene Lumbersider and Resene Metallics hues are available in small pots from Resene ColorShops.

View NZ Hunter article on duck decoys. Article courtesy of NZ Hunter magazine.


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