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  • March 11, 2014 at 10:04 pm #622493 Back to Top REPORT
    pa-b0whunt3r
    PA B0WHUNT3R

    Joined: 8/2/2009
    Location: PA
    Well I’ve decided I’m going to pull the trigger on some new turkey decoys and am looking for some opinions. I’m down to the DSD and 2014 Avians. The DSD’s have a solid reputation and look really well. Up until this year no other decoy IMO has come close in realism. Having said that, the new 2014 Avians look pretty dang good and I’m giving them a hard look. I know a lot of guys here are happy owners of DSD but has anyone saw or tried the new Avians in person? Also, I’m wondering if DSD is going to answer the new Avians and come out with a new model of their own next year? Any thoughts? – Thanks

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    March 12, 2014 at 9:49 am #622509 Back to Top REPORT
    thunderchicken21
    thunderchicken21

    Age: 29
    Joined: 8/4/2006
    Location: Ohio
    I’m a DSD fan myself.  100% made in the USA and the ACE material is nearly indestructible.  The Avains while they are collapsible are also inflatable…so if they get accidentally shot you are looking to buy a new decoy or try to patch up your old one.

    Oh, and DSD did release a new decoy this year…Leading Hen…only available at Cabelas

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    March 12, 2014 at 11:52 am #622522 Back to Top REPORT
    pa-b0whunt3r
    PA B0WHUNT3R

    Joined: 8/2/2009
    Location: PA
    I do believe DSD has the most realistic paint scheme and true to life colors. The thing I like about the avians is that the feather detail is more 3D and defined and I actually like the fake legs. If DSD made their mold (on the hens) more 3D and feathers pronounced with their paint schemes you wouldn’t be able to produce a better decoy. I’m leaning towards the DSD but I’m also wondering whether DSD might release a more detailed mold with their true to life colors for next year. Decisions, decisions.
    March 12, 2014 at 2:45 pm #622536 Back to Top REPORT
    thunderchicken21
    thunderchicken21

    Age: 29
    Joined: 8/4/2006
    Location: Ohio

    I do believe DSD has the most realistic paint scheme and true to life colors. The thing I like about the avians is that the feather detail is more 3D and defined and I actually like the fake legs. If DSD made their mold (on the hens) more 3D and feathers pronounced with their paint schemes you wouldn’t be able to produce a better decoy. I’m leaning towards the DSD but I’m also wondering whether DSD might release a more detailed mold with their true to life colors for next year. Decisions, decisions.

    In my experience, the feathers aren’t typically pronounced unless wind is blowing them up…here is a short video of a hen I took a while back.  You’ll notice how streamlined her body is…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRyYdKdDtnI

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    March 12, 2014 at 2:53 pm #622537 Back to Top REPORT
    pa-b0whunt3r
    PA B0WHUNT3R

    Joined: 8/2/2009
    Location: PA

    I do believe DSD has the most realistic paint scheme and true to life colors. The thing I like about the avians is that the feather detail is more 3D and defined and I actually like the fake legs. If DSD made their mold (on the hens) more 3D and feathers pronounced with their paint schemes you wouldn’t be able to produce a better decoy. I’m leaning towards the DSD but I’m also wondering whether DSD might release a more detailed mold with their true to life colors for next year. Decisions, decisions.

    In my experience, the feathers aren’t typically pronounced unless wind is blowing them up…here is a short video of a hen I took a while back. You’ll notice how streamlined her body is…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRyYdKdDtnI

    Good point, guess this is just another example of selling a product to the hunter.

    March 12, 2014 at 9:14 pm #622566 Back to Top REPORT
    tominator
    Tominator

    Joined: 9/19/2007
    I’ve seen both and too me the DSD have always had the advantage in realism. As Brett points outs, the raised feathers on the Avain’s do not match a real hen in field.
    March 13, 2014 at 7:33 pm #622641 Back to Top REPORT
    bux-n-dux
    bux n dux

    Age: 41
    Joined: 4/5/2005
    Location: Nebraska
    DSD hands down!! Shot my tom last year off the top of my Jake decoy At 12yds. Him and his buddy beat on that decoy for awhile. The submissive hen is awesome as well.
    March 15, 2014 at 1:56 am #622754 Back to Top REPORT
    rockchalk8411-2
    rockchalk8411

    Joined: 9/6/2012
    Location: Kansas
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    I have in the past used Avians, I found it hard to keep them aired up in the field.  They always seemed to have a slow leak.  It could be that I got a bad batch. As some have mentioned you have to be careful not to shoot over them. I have ruined one that way and I am not ashamed to admit that. The others however I just had too many problems with, so this year I switched to DSD. I really like the look and the luminescent paint giving realism in colors. Both are priced pretty close, Avians being a little cheaper. If it were me I would spend the extra $ and go with the DSD. Another note, it would be best to find some kind of pump to air up the Avians, I had trouble getting close enough to he inflator. I am going to try to put some green tire slime in my Avians to see if it helps. If they stay aired up, I plan to  donate them to the farmer who lets us hunt, as he likes to turkey hunt himself.  I do not mean to bash any company on here, as I think the Avians look great in the field, but these DSD can withstand anything that is thrown their way and the paint will not come off. Just one other note ,on the DSD,  they come with a Metal stake and rubber inserts incase you want to limit movement in heavy winds. If not just push them down and let them dance.  That was my experience with both decoys, however, to each their own. I hope this helps
    March 18, 2014 at 7:06 pm #623163 Back to Top REPORT
    bowcrazy30-2
    bowcrazy30

    Age: 31
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    I just bought a Primos Killer B decoy, and was looking to get more.. After reading this I think I might be going with DSD.. DSD stands for Dave Smith decoys correct??  How do the Killer B decoys do? would it be ok to put it out there with the other decoys if I get DSD or Avions?? Thanks again..
    March 30, 2014 at 10:25 am #624131 Back to Top REPORT
    jeeper
    Jeeper

    Joined: 10/23/2009
    Location: Quantum Leapville
    I just purchased the Avian Strutter decoy (couldn’t afford to think about the DSD decoys….just too expensive for my budget). I also purchased a new Primos hen decoy (submissive/ready to breed posture). I have a bunch of other, fairly inexpensive decoys, that I have purchased over the years including a strutter (can’t remember the brand) that is SO LARGE, it scared the living crap out of every gobbler that saw it. There were a few occasions when as soon as the decoy was noticed by some long beards, they headed for the next county….pronto. Needless to say, I have not used that decoy again. The Avian strutter looks very realistic (IMHO) and I particularly like the fact that it is not too large, thereby not serving as an intimidator to other gobbler who want to assert their dominance.
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    April 4, 2014 at 10:06 pm #624601 Back to Top REPORT
    bowcrazy30-2
    bowcrazy30

    Age: 31
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    Is it ok to mix  different brands of decoys I have Avian X LCD Feeder, and a primos dirty B. I am getting a DSD alert Hen, and Im slowly making the switch to DSD I really like their realism..
    April 6, 2014 at 5:16 pm #624723 Back to Top REPORT

    conquestador

    Age: 63
    Joined: 12/10/2009
    Location: Upstate NY
    I’ve got to go along with Bowcrazy 30.  More than once I’ve had live hens in front of me and a gobbler announcing his soon to happen arrival.  No decoys out and there is no way that he busted me, but he makes a visual on the hens and does a 180° .  Stuff happens!  And I’ve still killed more birds without decoys than I have using them, but they do add a different dimension to the game.
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