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Decoy painting project with the kids
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Ridge Wraith 03-Apr-16
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trkyslr 03-Apr-16
Ridge Wraith 04-Apr-16
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From: Ridge Wraith
03-Apr-16

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With a few weeks still to wait for any turkey hunting in my home state of IL, I decided to get the kids into the action a little early on a painting project.

From: Ridge Wraith
03-Apr-16

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Out of the box, it seemed the decoy paint quality was a little... meh.

From: Ridge Wraith
03-Apr-16

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With a little help from the twins, some cheap paint from Hobby Lobby and a leap of faith, here is the finished product.

From: Ridge Wraith
03-Apr-16

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If anyone cares to read further, here are some pics of the process.

From: Ridge Wraith
03-Apr-16

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The paint I used was metallic acrylic (folk art brand) I used antique copper, pure gold, amethyst, peridot, and metallic black.

From: Ridge Wraith
03-Apr-16

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For any of the feather areas we were going to paint, I put a base coat of metallic black down with a medium fan brush. Since I'm horribly colorblind, I turned it over to the kiddos to add the color based on pictures of real turkeys we looked at on the tablet.

From: Ridge Wraith
03-Apr-16

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To add some texture to the fluffed feathers on the back of the turkey where it is sometimes flocked, I used a piece of this fabric. I have no idea what it's called, it came as a liner from some fancy tea I bought while in China. I painted it black with some plastic paint and trimmed to fit the back of the decoy.

From: DeanMan
03-Apr-16
Great job guys!great idea for family project.Good luck on your Turkey season Ridge Wraith.

From: Ridge Wraith
03-Apr-16

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I applied this fabric to the decoy using some 3M VHB tape.

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03-Apr-16

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A few more pics of the finished product.

From: IAHUNTER
03-Apr-16
Now, that's cool!

From: Ridge Wraith
03-Apr-16

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A better view of the textured back.

From: HUNT MAN
03-Apr-16
Looks great. Way to get the boys involved . Hunt

From: Ridge Wraith
03-Apr-16

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A close up of the back. I think it turned out pretty well. The material on the back shines a little from the front view and is dull from the back due to the grain of the fabric. I think this might add an additional touch of realism over the flocking which looks dull when viewed from all angles.

03-Apr-16
I have never even contemplated doing this. Of course, I don't use decoy's either. But, they did great! Awesome job of getting the kiddo's involved.

God Bless men

03-Apr-16
Very nice! The boys did a great job.

From: Drahthaar
03-Apr-16
Looks great, looks like the boys had a good time. Forrest

From: midwest
03-Apr-16
Looks great!

From: trkyslr
03-Apr-16
Kyle looks good!!!

From: Ridge Wraith
04-Apr-16
Thanks for all of the positive commments. We had fun doing it and can't wait to get a bird into the decoy.

I guess I forgot to mention the obvious that I used a black fine tip Sharpie to put the black tips back onto each feather after the kids painted them.

I also added some trimmings from a used black plastic broom to enrich the look of the cheesy spinnerbait skirt beard. I'll finish it off with some clearcoat before the season starts.

From: t-roy
04-Apr-16
Very nice.

Looking forward to the "Hero" shots from the group!

Good luck, stay safe, & be sure & posts some pics from your hunt!

From: Timbrhuntr
05-Apr-16
That is pretty cool and took a lot of guts to let the youngsters loose on your expensive decoy LOL !

From: Ridge Wraith
10-Apr-16

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Thanks Timbrhuntr. Actually the project wasn't all that expensive. $49 for the decoy, $6 for the paint, and free child labor!

I have been known to do some crazy painting projects around the house though :)

Maybe some day I'll learn to just leave well enough alone, but what's the fun in that?

From: Ridge Wraith
10-Apr-16

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I had neighbors standing in the drive way giving me the "WTH?" like the scene in Field of Dreams when Ray plows under his corn to build a baseball field.

From: Ridge Wraith
10-Apr-16

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Turned out OK I guess.

From: Ridge Wraith
10-Apr-16

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I had the chance to give the new deke a try this morning. Without a tag, I could only shoot em with the Nikon. Brought this big Tom in first thing off the roost.

From: Ridge Wraith
10-Apr-16

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He never made it into attack mode. This raccoon and he converged on the jake decoy at the same time making things a little too tense for the gobbler to continue his approach. He turned away at 12 yards.

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