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Comparing Big Foot with Greenhead Gear decoys

by , Posted to on 10/25/2005 5:55 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/02/2005
Location: ND
I am starting to buy full body goose decoys. I was wondering if anybody has some advise. I have started to buy big foot decoys because they are built to last and i have heard that u cant beat the realism of a greenhead decoy with a fully flocked head,and Greenhead has a few more varieties of head styles. So if any body has some some experience with either of them i would like it. Let me know some good and bad things about both these brands, and which ones u guys would buy
Re: Comparing Big Foot with Greenhead Gear decoys
by on 10/25/2005 6:24 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/14/2005
Location: ND
I have both now. I bought my first dozen GHG decoys this fall and really like them. You may be a little discouraged putting them together, but a little soapy water will pop the heads right on with a push. The flocked heads are more easily maintained than I expected. They have been thrown around quite a bit and the flocking still looks great. I put an old sock over each head whenever they arent in the spread, keeps them clean. If you use them during rain or freezing rain, you need to put them somewhere to dry with fan and they will be fine, they are a little more delicate when wet. I know they are the nicest looking decoys in my spread and the geese seem to like them, even during the bright days. Just dont shoot your decoys if the geese land! I have found that the prices have come down a little this year, you should be able to buy a 1/2 dozen for around $110-130. I would rather have a dozen GHG decoys than two dozen Bigfoot decoys.
Re: Comparing Big Foot with Greenhead Gear decoys
by on 10/25/2005 6:28 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/06/2002
Location: ND
I have the GHG decoys, I like them they are two seasons old and holding up well. The bases are not as durable for throwing around like the BF. I bought mine based on size. I can get 3 doz GHG two layouts and 36 shells and 36 floater duck decoys that I use in the field in the back of my short box. I leave the bases on also. I could only get 28 BF in with the cargo net without a problem of them slipping out!

I have hunted over both, I really think it makes little difference to the geese other than the shine on the heads. If you plan on repainting your decoys then I would go with the BF.

Another option may be the Higdon's I looked at them this fall but did not buy any. The paint seemed to be sold which was an issue before. Heads are flocked and have different positions than the other brands. They run about $85.00 a doz regular price, I have seen some on sale for $69.00 for 4. You could aquire 8 for the price of 6 GHG. The base looks decent, not sure how tough they are as I have not hunted over them, or with anyone that has them.

Now if you have deep pockets and want realizm, the Fully Flocked GHG are the cats meow! The motion in the wind is great and no shine anywhere!
In my lifetime I have seen fence row to fence row farming and the return of CRP and game to the landscape.Now we face again the prosepect of fence row to fence row again! Sportsman are our own worst enemy in that we fail to look forward and focus to much on the now!
Re: Comparing Big Foot with Greenhead Gear decoys
by on 10/25/2005 8:04 PM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/02/2002
Location: ND
Dont think I will ever get myself to buy the GHG. A guy we hunt with has 2 doz. shells and a doz. FB's. The bases on the FB's are crap, the paint scratches off, the seams on the heads split. If your a hardcore waterfowler and really "use" your decoys, not just a weekend goer, do NOT buy GHG, they arnt made for any abuse. Bigfoots can be tossed around, skidded down gravel roads, and still come up ready to hunt with paint still great.
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by on 10/25/2005 8:23 PM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/18/2001
Location: ND
I have to disagree with you HH. We have about a 50/50 mix of GHGs and Bigfoots. (14 dozen in all) The Bigfoots are an average of 5 years old and the GHGs are on the 2nd full season. These dekes are not treatly lightly. They are thrown in and out of a trailer and average of 40+ times a year. The GHGs have held up very well. We have had one foot base break and two heads come apart at the base. Simple fixes though. The paint has held up great.
Sure you can drop kick a Bigfoot and not hurt it, but for around 300 bucks a dozen I try to be a little more careful than that.
Are the bigfoots more durable YES! But the GHG's are much more realistic.
I'm actually going to sell my Foots after this year and run all GHG's.
Re: Comparing Big Foot with Greenhead Gear decoys
by on 10/25/2005 8:58 PM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/02/2002
Location: ND
Thats your opinion. If the birds are that close, they should be laying next to the blind. I was stating from facts i know about the GHG's that are included in our spread. And trust me, these decoys are not in any way treated like our bigfoots, and the GHG's are still breaking. How are your 5 yr old BF's??? How will your GHG's be after 5 yrs? If they are starting to break now, how will they be in 5 years? You said, "Simple fixes though." Who buys a decoy to fix them right away? BF all the way!
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by on 10/25/2005 10:40 PM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/02/2005
Location: ND
I think im gunna pick up some GHG decoys and try them. Do u guys think its ok to mix big foots with unflocked heads and GHG with flocked heads?
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by on 10/25/2005 11:08 PM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/09/2002
Location: ND
look at the new full bodies by final approach, they are flocked heads and much more durable than the GHG. I just bought some this year and am very pleased with them.
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by on 10/25/2005 11:10 PM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/14/2005
Location: ND
Bf and GHG decoys work well together, no problem. GHG has made some improvements this year. There isnt the split seams on the heads now. They both are going to get the geese to look at you.
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by on 10/25/2005 11:11 PM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/14/2005
Location: ND
Whats the price on the Final Approach?
Re: Comparing Big Foot with Greenhead Gear decoys
by on 10/26/2005 00:18 AM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/08/2005
Location: SD
HOnker hunter. If you are shooting dumb geese than it doesnt matter what type of full bodies you put out. I would recommend ghg to anyone that hunts highly pressured areas where geese are accustomed to decoy spreads. The bfs just dont cut it for smart geese anymore. Mix them if you can but ive shot more geese over 6 ghg this year than most people couldve shot with 4 dozen bfs. Another factore is where you are hunting. if you are hunting a pasture or chopped corn where the decoys will be highly visible ghg are the only way to go. plowed fields are not as important as the colors tend to blend more into the dark background. bfs may be more durable but id rather have dead geese in my truck than durable deocys.
Re: Comparing Big Foot with Greenhead Gear decoys
by on 10/26/2005 04:56 AM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/02/2002
Location: ND
Not sure what you call, "dumb geese." Have hunted hard, same areas, same fields, for the last 2 months now and our group is well over the century mark. In fact, just about to leave the house to shoot some more. We shoot over bigfoots, i dont think i have said that you need GHG decoys to shoot birds. Nor did i say Bigfoots are more realistic. I was stating that Bigfoots are more durable and in the long run they are going to stand the test of time.
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by on 10/26/2005 08:57 AM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/24/2003
Location: ND

This issue has been discussed and talked about so much on this site. It is like a Ford versus Chevy commercial.

Bigfoots have their advantages and GHG has their advantages.

And if money doesn't matter, look at the Drop Zone Elites FB goose decoys at $700/dozen or the Dave Smith FB at around $550/dozen.

Take a Kid Hunting instead of hunting for your kid.

Re: Comparing Big Foot with Greenhead Gear decoys
by on 10/26/2005 09:00 AM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/14/2003
Location: ND

My only problem with Big Foots is that they are not flocked.  For my birthday, Dani picked me out the Final Approach Full Body's and they are definitely nice.  Flocked heads with good base and easy head assembly.  I'd like to compare the size to Greenhead decoys because they do seem a bit smaller.  That's one advantage of the Big Foot as they appear to be bigger.  I am saying that from only looking at a catalog.  I have not seem Big Foots in real life.  Anyways, Final Approach are good as well.  Check into them.  Oh, my only complaint about the Greenhead and Final Approach decoys is the fact their base has a glare to them.  I'll either have to kick dirt on the base or spray with flat black spray paint.  It's trival since the entire decoy itself is basically shine proof.


Good luck with the purchase!


Tim S.




 
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Re: Comparing Big Foot with Greenhead Gear decoys
by on 10/26/2005 09:03 AM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/14/2003
Location: ND

Jerkee,


Final Approach are 89 bucks for 4 birds I believe.


Hardwaterman, Greenheads have full body flocked decoys?  I have not seen them yet...wow!  But then again, if you want to spend the money, the Avery Decoys are amazing.  Almost like cheating.  At least I think it's Avery that has the decoy that almost looks like a stuffed goose.


Tim S.




 
Kirsch's Outdoor Products | Fargo, ND | 701-261-9017 Garmin GPS Hunting Maps
Liebel's Guide Service | Williston, ND | 701-770-6746 liebelsguideservice.com
Jig-em-Up Guide Service | Grand Forks, ND | 701-739-9198 jig-em-up-guide-service.com

 
Re: Comparing Big Foot with Greenhead Gear decoys
by on 10/26/2005 10:31 AM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/06/2002
Location: ND
Tim they are sweet but to spendy for my budget! They run around $180.00 a 1/2 doz I do believe. They do come on motion stakes that work well. They are painted,flocked then painted again so if a little paint chips of they do not show off white.

Drop Zone and Dave Smiths are nice,but guys I have teen girls. I will not be able to afford them until I am to old to hunt!! LOL
In my lifetime I have seen fence row to fence row farming and the return of CRP and game to the landscape.Now we face again the prosepect of fence row to fence row again! Sportsman are our own worst enemy in that we fail to look forward and focus to much on the now!
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by on 10/26/2005 11:14 AM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/14/2003
Location: ND

HH,


That's why I'm trying to buy everything now so I at least have my toys before "life" begins!  Oh the pains of growing up.


Tim S.




 
Kirsch's Outdoor Products | Fargo, ND | 701-261-9017 Garmin GPS Hunting Maps
Liebel's Guide Service | Williston, ND | 701-770-6746 liebelsguideservice.com
Jig-em-Up Guide Service | Grand Forks, ND | 701-739-9198 jig-em-up-guide-service.com

 
Re: Comparing Big Foot with Greenhead Gear decoys
by on 10/26/2005 12:11 PM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/09/2002
Location: ND
grand forks scheels has the final approach full bodies on sale for $69.99 per 4
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by on 10/31/2005 8:02 PM | Reply #18 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/02/2005
Location: ND
Just wondering what's the difference of Pro-Grade Series and the Hunters series of GHG decoys?
Re: Comparing Big Foot with Greenhead Gear decoys
by on 10/31/2005 8:19 PM | Reply #19 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/18/2001
Location: ND
The pro grade have 4 motion bases per six decoys and they have a more "custom" paint job. Both versions have flocked heads. The hunters series are basically last years GHG full body.
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