The Sneakbox Decoy Company
Traditional Handmade Cork Duck Decoys
Eliot, Maine    207-439-5097    jim@sneakboxdecoy.com
  • Our cork mallard decoys are painted to represent mature birds in breeding
    plumage.
  • Decoy bodies are carved from a high density decoy cork blank 15 7/8 X 7 1/2 X 4
    inches which produces a stable,oversize decoy of about 3 to 3 1/2 pounds.  
  • Each cork mallard decoy- has a white pine tail insert, a hand carved white cedar
    head, is sealed with two coats of spar varnish,individually weighted and then
    hand painted with premium quality acrylic paints.  The paint is sealed and an oil
    based, matte varnish is applied that gives the decoy an ultra-flat finish.
  • Handmade cork mallard decoys offer unlimited head positions that add life and
    interest to your decoy spread.
  • Coloration and painting on our mallard decoys is second to none- these cork decoys look
    like live ducks on the water!
Copyright: Sneakbox
Decoy Company, 2012
To order a mallard decoy by e-mail, click the "Place an order" tab to the left.  By phone, call 207-439-5097.  
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Mallard Decoys- $140 each
Mallards are the most common puddle duck on the coastal rivers where we hunt in Maine. They
nest locally near ponds, streams or on small marshes. Many of our lakes have families of
mallards that become quite tame during  the Summer and live off of handouts, but when the
leaves start to fall their attitude changes and they become very wary and difficult to hunt.
As our mallards are mostly non-migratory we don't get large influxes of "new birds", however
inland birds head to our tidal rivers when the inland freeze-up occurs in December.  These
birds are decoy shy and call shy. We have found that good (cork) duck hunting decoys
(several dozen), a good blind made from switch grass and realistic calling are needed for
consistent success.
Keys to success  when hunting  mallards-
  • Hunt where mallards want to be- avoid areas that ducks also avoid, for whatever the reason.
  • Use a good blind- layout or standup- if you aren’t invisible, comfortable and in a blind that blends
    with the surroundings you won’t kill many mallards.
  • Learn to sound like ducks- mallards love a good duck caller! Learn to sound like ducks and you
    will double your hunting  enjoyment and success.
  • Decoys, decoys, decoys- if you hunt open water or marshes your decoys will add to your success.
    I prefer lots of  handmade cork or wooden mallard decoys for several reasons: they ride the water
    like ducks, they are quiet in a chop (no plastic decoy slap!), and they are a pleasure to hold and
    to own!