Once in a great while you can come up with a pattern you like the very first time, but frankly, chances are not in your favor. We’ve been there. We developed our patterns over the years and offer them so that you can get started right away rather than having to go through the process of developing your own. Decoys made from these patterns work, in the field and in competition. They are printed on 24# blueline paper.
Why Mallard/ Black Duck? Because anatomically they are very nearly identical–certainly close enough that a single pattern can be used for both species. This pattern is for a hunting decoy, and whether yours is to be hollowed out and fitted with a ballast keel or finished as a shelf bird is entirely up to you. Anatomy is the key. Like so many of our others, this pattern is included in a kit of the same name.
The Black Duck decoy at the top of this page was made from this pattern. He's a slick, with all details painted on, and he won the floater category at the Maine Coast Competition held in Belfast in 2014. Here's a top view of the same decoy. Yes, all those details were put on with a brush, even the crown and the eye channel stripe (Those were done using multiple burnt umber wash coats.)