Product Field Testing:
We were able to field test four of the top Rig ‘Em Right Waterfowl Hunting Products. Those included two of the decoy anchor systems: the 30” length anchors and the 54” length anchors. We also field tested two of the decoy bags: the DP3 XL Decoy Bag and the 12-Slot Full Body Duck Decoy Bag.
In comparing the useage of the two different length anchor systems we were most impressed with the shorter length 30” anchors. What we found in field testing the 30” anchor system was that first off, if we were able to wade into the water to set the decoys we were able to use the 30” length anchors. That is how we decided if we were able to use those anchors. Secondly it only took a matter of about 5 minutes per dozen to attach the anchors to the decoys and it is nice that there are no knots to tie or come undone in set up and they come off just as easy and quickly. Then we were able to carry up to 18 decoys over the shoulder in a carry in situation without having to worry about a decoy bag on our backs as the decoys are all attached to a D-Ring and the cable length was short enough where it was not a burden to carry. Next what we found to be most rewarding in using the Rig ‘Em right anchor system was the ease of set up and pick up. Literally all we had to do was pick up a dozen decoys which were all attached to a D-Ring, unclip the decoys from the D-Ring and start throwing the decoys exactly where we wanted them. With the 30’ length anchors the decoys stayed exactly where we threw them and they did not tangle or swing into other decoys so no decoys were touching or getting tangled up, like what normally happens with the traditional decoy anchor systems. Picking up the spread was just as easy in that we carried the D-Ring in one hand and just went around and attached the cable to the D-Ring and didn’t have to worry about winding anchor lines and putting the decoys in a bag. It was basically as fast as we could pick up a decoy and move to the next one. We were able to set 36 decoys in less than 5 minutes and pick up the spread in less than 10 minutes.
In using the 54” anchor length systems. The set up and pick up was similar however it was a little more challenging to actually toss the spread out, so we needed to set the spread like a traditional set up. Also the decoys had more room to sway into each other with the longer length cable but we were able to hunt deeper waters without worrying about losing any decoys. We also found that with the longer cables it took a little bit longer to untangle the decoys in set up and we were not able to carry those into a walk in spot. Overall though in comparison to the traditional decoy anchor systems, especially in shallow hunting conditions, you just can’t beat the Rig ‘Em Right anchor system in our opinion.
In field testing the two different decoy bags, we found both to be very well put together and designed effectively. In comparing the construction and the fabric used in making the bags, with other leading brands on the market today we felt hands down that these bags were a much higher quality than anything else on the market at this time. They also had several unique features that we liked. With the DP3 XL Bag we really liked the fact that it had a square bottom and that it fit up to 4 dozen standard sized duck decoys with the top open and 3 dozen if we wanted to latch the top. Although it was unlikely to use with the large bag, the smaller standard sized DP3 Decoy Bag which holds 24 decoys closed or 36 decoys open, there are carrying straps on the bottom so you could carry a bag of decoys into a walk in area if needed. But what we liked best about the DP3 XL Decoy Bag was the fact that in combination with the 30” Decoy Anchors we were able to store 3 – 4 dozen decoys in each bag, in a boat set up and have all the decoys stored in an organized fashion, ready to go at a moments notice.
The final decoy bag system we incorporated into our hunting set up was the 12-Slot Full Body Duck Decoy Bag. For our purposes we used that bag to hold our spread of lesser Canada goose full body decoys. This bag is also very well made and designed. We were able to carry out 2 dozen full body goose decoys per hunter into a field set up. We were also able to place 4 dozen full body decoys into a short bed pick up truck without having to worry about decoys blowing out the back end. In addition to the lesser Canada goose decoys these bags are perfect for holding all brands of full body duck decoy and full body snow goose decoys. Rig ‘Em Right also makes several other full body goose bags for the larger full sized Canada goose decoys in a 6-Slot and 4-Slot bag as needed. See their website for more details on those products. In conclusion we were very satisfied overall with all of the Rig ‘Em Right Products and would not hesitate to recommend those to anyone.