Movement, often is the difference between frustration and joy.
If you watch ducks on the water you will notice they are always moving. The surface under which ducks is always broken by ripples and rings as they feed, swim and chase each other. The ONLY time the water is still beneath them, is when they are on alert and ready to flee.
Duck hunters like me, or like you, are always trying to find new ways to add life like, natural movement that will “sell the spread”.
I have used spinning wing decoys, jerk strings, vibrating butts, water pump decoys and flapper decoys. All can work. Some are heavy, expensive, cumbersome, and frankly a pain to deploy and work. This fall I
using a new aide for adding a native duck memorizing action to my decoy spread.
River Gator Decoys are a newly designed decoy which I am quickly becoming a major fan. The decoys are made of a hard plastic with an extremely durable paint scheme that mimics the detail of the species you need.
I am a critical guy, more than a lot of people care for. I frequently am critical about decoy durability. My river Gator decoys, like all the G&H decoys I have ever used, have a paint that stays! Nothing cheapens a decoy like chipped paint; a non-event with H&G decoys.
They are also light in weight. This might seem like a little detail but I normally throw out around 40 to 80 decoys and lighter weight and high quality, is what I desire.
The aspect of these decoys which separate them from all others I have used in the unique keel design. The keel is designed to capture the energy of the water to move the decoy from side to side. The decoy stays flat on the water, and shifts from side to side anytime the water energy comes into contact with the keel. In a current the decoy has a wide arch impersonating perfectly a duck swimming action.
On a pond or lake the decoy captures the energy of the surface water being pushed by the wind.
Another deadly decoying tactic that advanced my harvest was pigging-backing two River Gator decoys. By attaching the Drake decoy to the Hen decoy and placing the decoy on the break between the calm water and the wind hit water at the edge of my prairie pothole set up in North Dakota at the beginning of October, I achieved a unique look.
In nature, drakes chase the hens and this deployment mimics this occurrence damn near perfectly. I also love that this look is not one that is duplicated by other set ups and the birds aren’t likely to have seen such a set up again.
Movement is essential in hunting ducks over water. Some movement lends itself to becoming recognized by the birds as unnatural and dangerous; spinners come to mind.
River Gator Decoys, are first a fine looking durable decoy. Second they offer a passive movement which optimizes life like movement without direct intervention by the hunter. The movement is nonprogrammable thus it is not prone to being a pattern which can be recognized by the birds.
I will be adding more River Gator Decoys to my spread and hope to transition to having a spread of mostly Gators which will provide utmost movement with the least amount of effort. Why, because I LIKE killing ducks!
Until I see you in the field, be safe, be good, and BE LUCKY!