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Spinning Wing Decoys

Posted by The DuckMechanic on 4/15/2014 to Motion Waterfowl Decoy Types


Motorized Spinning Wing Decoys


Wind Driven Spinning Wing Decoys

The Spinning-Wing Decoy (SWD) is defined as any electric, mechanical, manual, or wind driven rotating-blade device that simulates wing movement. They are used to attract both ducks and geese and work for both short and long distances.  Since their introduction in the late 1990s, duck hunters who use them have enjoyed better hunting and bigger bags.

Pros of Spinning Wing Decoys…

• Creates simulated wing motion drawing the attention of flying birds
• Can be operated by several different methods
• Use with decoys in your current spread
• Electric models can be used with a remote control to turn on/off
• Manual versions do not require batteries or rely on wind
• Wind-driven products are generally lighter weight
• Spinning wings work great in fields, timber and open water

 Cons of Spinning Wing Decoys…

• Must re-charge batteries in electric models
• Manually operated products must use manual (muscle) power
• Wind driven versions rely on wind conditions

Click on the different types of decoys below for more information:
Motion Waterfowl Decoys
Decoy Flags

Flapping Wing Decoys
Jerk Strings
Swimming Decoys


Here is a Bullet on Spinning Wing Decoys from The DuckMechanic:

I have used spinning wing decoys (SWDs) soon after they were first introduced in the late 1990’s.  I generally use several types of spinning wings in combination with floating, full body, and motion decoys.  They definitely enhance my spread giving it more movement and a realistic look.   Depending on the weather, wind, and location, I will position them within gun range throughout my decoy spread.  Using spinning wing decoys, in any state that allows them, can help you reach your daily bag limit.  You should check the regulations in the state you intend to use spinning wings decoys.

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