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Autumn Wings Series 72 Decoys, Keeping Tradition Alive

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Date: 8/4/15
Manufacturer: Autumn Wings
Category: Decoys

Introduction: I know a lot of people have been using Autumn Wings wooden heads for years. Personally, I have ordered dozens upon dozens of their heads for my herters model 72 decoys. For years all of their products have been high quality and backed by some of the best customer service in the business.  After selling Wooden heads by the truck loads, Autumn Wings has decided to add a new line of decoys. The series 72 decoys are made for the hunter that is on a budget, but is also looking for some custom light weight and durable decoys.

Autumn Wings Series 72 Decoys

Model & Size  Series 72 Goldeneye (8″X13.5″) weight 1/2lb
Material  Foam and burlap body, wooden head and keel
Features  Light weight, various head poses.
MSRP $29.00ea or $299 for a dozen

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When you receive your decoy this is what comes out of the box.

When you receive your decoy this is what comes out of the box.

First Impressions: The first thing you will notice about the decoy is how light weight it is and how durable it feels at the same time. When you receive your decoys the heads will not be attached to the body but there is a mounting screw included. This gives the hunter the opportunity to set the angle of the head any way they prefer. Once you decide how you want your decoy’s head to be positioned, we recommend first drilling a small pilot hole to keep the head from splitting.

Before screwing the head down onto the body it is a good idea to drill a small pilot hole.

Before screwing the head down onto the body it is a good idea to drill a small pilot hole.

Once you have the pilot hole drilled, simply screw the head down onto the decoy until its tight. The decoy’s keel is a basic strip of wood with a single line tie in the front. The weight of the keel is not enough to self right this bird. If you are hunting out of a boat an can afford carrying extra weight, you can add a lead strap “the decoy weights that wrap around the decoys heads” to the bottom of the keel to make the decoy self right. The best thing about burlapped decoys is how well paint adheres to them. We tried to scratch the paint off of this goldeneye but it was there to stay.

Wooden keel, The right width to attach a lead weight strip to make the decoy self right.

Wooden keel, The right width to attach a lead weight strip to make the decoy self right.

 Field Test: Once we got the head attached we headed out to the water to see how the decoy looked. The simple paint job was spot on and very durable. The body of the decoy is 8″wide and 13.5″ long  The wide profile allows it to ride the water well and will really stand out to high flying birds. The head of the decoy is really what makes this decoy shine. Autumn wings heads are hand carved from basswood then sealed with linseed oil and painted with oil paints for a very realistic look and durability that will last a lifetime.
The color of the head really pops in the sunlight.

The color of the head really pops in the sunlight.

Due to foam being so light the decoy moved great in the slightest amount of wind. The Autumn Wings series 72 decoys are all hand painted with an airbrush. This gives the decoys soft transition lines and cuts down on the amount of shine. Burlapped foam decoys have so many advantages it’s almost too many to list. The two most important components in my opinion are their durability and the fact that they still remain light weight.
View of the back and the left side of the decoy on the water.

View of the back and the left side of the decoy on the water.

A goldeneye decoy can be a huge advantage in your spread, even if you are not targeting goldeneyes. The white stands out and can be seen from a long ways away, and give you an advantage over the other hunters in your area. Another big advantage of burlapped foam decoys is that they can take a stray pellet or two and have no effect on the decoy itself. When you buy foam decoys like these from Autumn Wings you are buying something that will last for a long time and you will be able to pass them down to your kids or grandkids to hunt over.

View of the left side of the decoy.  The paint job has a flat finish just like the live birds.

View of the right side of the decoy. The paint job has a flat finish just like the live birds.

 Autumn Wings Series 72 Decoys
 Quality  You won’t find a higher quality custom decoy
 Price  Can’t beat these for the price, also you save nearly $50 if you buy a dozen
 Performance  The decoy performed well and floated great
 Design  Wider than most decoys. Helps them to stand out and ride the water better
 Side NoteThese truly are very well made decoys at a great price. It’s hard to find a decoy company nowadays that will make quality custom decoys that are affordable. I can assure you if I was hand making them and hand painting them they would be more expensive. Anyone that has ever made foam decoys, burlapped and painted them would agree.

 

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Made in the USA
Ultimate durability
 Realistic, light weight and custom made

 

Head on shot of the decoy on the water.

Head on shot of the decoy on the water.

Conclusion: Autumn Wings full line of series 72 decoys consist of black ducks, mallards, canvasback, blue bills, redheads, goldeneyes and ring necks. If you are more of a do it yourself kind of person, they also offer unfinished series 72 decoys. These basically come with everything, and all you need to do is paint. If you are looking for a decoy that is custom made and will last forever you need to check these out. I know for a fact that this company has great customer service and will stand behind their products.

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Simple yet effective. A solid hunting decoy that will last for many years

Simple yet effective. A solid hunting decoy that will last for many years