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    Default Bumper size - Regular or Jumbo?

    Just wondering what size bumpers (2" or 3") are used most often ... and why.
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    2" here. Why? Because I can fit more of them in the bag and they're cheaper.
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    Personal preference. It also depends on what you are trying to accomplish. i.e. you are using them as a FF aid, I think most people use smaller bumpers. If you are prepping for goose season, at least one RTF'er uses boat bumpers. If I am throwing them as a mark (when training alone) I like 3" because I can get better distance.
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    I have gone to all 3" DT's. They stay soft in the cold and I think the dogs are less apt to cigar or otherwise mess with the bigger dummy. I use a small hexagon for FF. Just my $.02.

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    I generally use the two inchers but when transitioning to cold blinds I use the bigger bumpers so they can more easily be seen. And yes, I have been know to throw a boat bumper or two every now and then to switch it up.

    Be careful though when using the bigger bumpers (especially boat bumper) because if the dog is not properly force fetched and taught the correct hold, they can create bad holding habits.

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    Thanks Sharon. I have a ton of 2" and was wondering if I should invest in more 3" as pup would be less likely to mouth and more resemble the size of a duck.

    Thanks for the other comments folks. I appreciate it. Also thought the 3" would have less tendency to do a cigar hold.
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    One thing I just learned! If you find yourself without ducks and are throwing FT length marks in the desert, the smaller ones are impossible to see. So when I ordered new dummies I added a half dozen of the 3" just for that.
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    I like the 3" orange bumpers for blinds because I can see them better at a distance.
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    The only thing that I like the 2" more than the 3" for, is T/TT.
    I just don't like lugging around so many 3" bumpers. I want to be able to fit all my bumpers in one milk crate.

    For marks I want the dog to see the bumper in the air. For blinds, I want to be able to see the bumpers on the ground.
    So, for those things I like 3" better.
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    The 3" are good for marks thrown into relatively shallow water too. The 2" bumpers sometimes make it to the bottom of the pond and stick in the mud on the bottom, or if there's a lot of vegetation on the water.
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