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Making Waves

A sampling of cutting-edge motion decoys to help shake up your spread
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by Gary Koehler

Calm, bluebird days can be troublesome for the duck hunter. Decoys sit at attention, with no signs of life. This is hardly the picture a waterfowler wants to portray, as ducks are seldom motionless in the wild.

Since live decoys were outlawed in 1935, duck and goose hunters have devised numerous ways of creating lifelike movement in their spreads. Some, like the jerk cord, have worked wonders. Others have not. But modern technology has raised the bar considerably in terms of decoy motion. Here’s a roundup of products now available for those who want to cause a commotion in their decoys.

Higdon Splashing/Flasher

Higdon Decoys has introduced a number of new products this year, not the least of which is the Splashing/Flasher. This decoy, which sits on a foam-filled base, sprays water to create ripples and also simulates a mallard drake stretching its wings. The splashing element, created by a hidden bilge pump, is adjustable via control flaps. Power is provided by a rechargeable battery with a run time of up to 12 hours. A timing system is used to sequence the stretching wing motion of a duck at rest. Higdon also produces a feeder decoy called the Pulsator, and mallard drake and hen swimming decoys. higdondecoys.com

Higdon Splashing/Flasher
Higdon Splashing/Flasher


Mallard View Outdoors Ice Eater

Mallard View Outdoors Ice EaterNot all duck hunters have to deal with ice. But the Mallard View Outdoors Ice Eater by Power House Inc. does more than keep the water in your honey hole from freezing. By pulling up to 1,400 gallons a minute from the bottom, the Ice Eater creates a continuous wake and plenty of movement in your decoys. The Ice Eater can run off an AC power source or a mobile inverter-style generator. Several models are available, along with a number of accessories. Ice is optional. mallardviewoutdoors.com

Mallard View Outdoors Ice Eater
Mallard View Outdoors Ice Eater


Wake Maker Duck System

Looking for a way to animate your duck decoys? The Wake Maker Duck System can do just that. Decoys hooked up to the Wake Maker swim in a set pattern between poles supporting a pulley system. Power is provided by a 12-volt automotive battery. The Wake Maker is equipped with speed control and run time/distance adjustments. This package, which operates in water up to 30 inches deep, includes mounting poles, a motor assembly, a towline, a controller, and an idler pulley assembly. wakemakerducks.com

Wake Maker Duck System
Wake Maker Duck System

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