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ISO Swan decoys, templates, patterns etc.

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ISO Swan decoys, templates, patterns etc.
On a whim I applied for a Swan permit this season and was awarded one! I have not for many years as we can't hunt them where I normally hunt, though we do see some on occasion. To hunt them I will need to go about 20 miles south, into the next county south of me or further.

I can try to book with an outfitter for a day, but if I can borrow, buy or make a few decoys I can freelance too. I have one plastic swan decoy, so I suppose I can noodle out a pattern for some pink foam, but thought maybe someone has some stashed away, or has a pattern to work from?

Dave Diefenderfer
Manassas, VA

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How about painting up some ols goose decoys?
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Good morning, Dave~


re-painting Herter's Model 92 Canadas would be a safe bet.


Here are some aids if you make your own. This pattern is for my half-size Preener:






More dimensions:






Another layout:






Here is a nice profile by David Sibley:








Some sketches I did a couple of years back for someone here who wanted to make foamers:






Sections:












Of course, if I made foamers I would coat them with epoxy + ground walnut shells to toughen the skin.


BTW: Dock foam seems much tougher than insulation foam boards - if you can scrounge some from the wrack line. I'll give you some when you stop by on your Champlain trip.


All the best,


SJS









Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com