Can You Use the Spreader or Feeder with a Dog?
We use both systems with a dog almost every time we hunt. To avoid the dog we usually put the spreader and feeder systems off to the side. If the dog needs to retrieve a bird and your pull line is in the way just lift it up so the dog can run under it.
Has the Dog Ever Broken the Line?
Yes… we just tie it back together. Takes about 30 seconds to fix.
Do You Sell an Anchor?
We have designed a Bag Anchor that you can simply fill with rocks and use as your anchor. Packs in light, only 3oz and fills with up to 9 pounds of rock. Perfect for hike in hunts or to use pretty much anywhere.
What is the Best Type of Anchor?
The best anchor really depends on the substrate of the water you are hunting.
Our own Bag Anchor design is great for anywhere that you can simply fill it with rocks. And the absolute best for when you are hike in hunting.
If you decide to not use the bag anchor than keep these considerations in mind.
In weeds, roots and mud the grapnel anchor works great. 3 lb if there is a lot to grab onto. 5 lb if there is not too much to grab. You can even get away with the 1.5 pound, but this acts more like a grappling hook than an anchor. You really need thicker weeds or branches to grab onto.
If you are on sand or small pebble type shore you may need a pyramid style anchor. These are a bit more expensive, but work well. We’ve used a 5 lb one and it works for just about every situation.
Can You Use Anything Other Than an Anchor?
Yes. You can take a steel rod, pound it into the ground and attach the bungee line to that.
This actually works pretty well in shallower water.
Can the Birds See the Spreader Under the Water?
This is a good question, and exactly why we designed it with the 5 inch arms that fold up and connect to the decoys. This allows the spreader to sink enough that the ripples on the water do an awesome job at hiding it.
To further camouflage the spreader you can paint it the color of your substrate. We do not paint ours and the birds practically land on top of it.
How do you set up the Feeder System?
Because you are pulling the line through the anchor loop there is a lot of friction on the line, this could cause the line to break. Find a carabiner which has smooth metal and run the line through that and attach the carabiner to the anchor.
We have added 5+ feet of stronger cord onto the end of the feeder line, but using metal or plastic with the least amount of friction is important or the line could fray and break.
For the anchor on the feeder system you need something a bit heavier. We usually shoot for 7-8 pounds. The reason is because the buoyancy of the decoys can pull the anchor up off the bottom, then the pulling motion from the handle pulls the system in closer to you. To avoid this you need a bit more weight compared to the spreader system. With enough weight you can really pull on the feeder system and get the decoys really working well.
How do you set up the Spreader System?
How do you set up the Ultimate Spreader?
What is the Minimum Water Depth?
In order to get the best motion from your decoys the minimum water depth should be 11 inches.
The decoys keep the system afloat and the spreader sinks about 10 inches underneath the decoys. 11 inches of water gives you the clearance for the system to work correctly.
What is the Maximum Water Depth?
There is no maximum depth. You can add line to your anchor first and then attach the bungee cord to the line, then the bungee cord attaches to your spreader.