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Swimming Decoys

Posted by The DuckMechanic on 4/17/2014 to Motion Waterfowl Decoy Types

Motorized Swimming Duck Decoys are defined as electrically propelled decoy devices that are used to mimic real ducks swimming on the water.  Their drive systems can either be propeller, water jet, spinning paddles, line driven, or even magnets.  There are many versions including those that swim in circles, back and forth, and dunk/dive.  Most motorized swimming duck decoys can either be operated with an on/off, intermittent, or remote control switch.  Their power sources are usually replaceable, AA, C, or D size batteries or rechargeable, 6V or 12V lead-acid sealed, on board batteries, or rechargeable/deep cycle marine or automotive, 6V or 12V, wire connected batteries.

 

Pros of Swimming duck decoys…

• Creates simulated swimming motion drawing the attention of flying birds
• Can be operated by several different methods
• Use with decoys in your current spread
• Most models can be used with a remote control to turn on/off
• Swimming duck decoys add wave motion to decoy spread

Cons of Spinning Wing Decoys…

• Must re-charge or replace batteries
• Water must be deep enough for movement
• Those with anchor lines must be semi-free of debris




Click on the different types of decoys below for more information:

Motion Waterfowl Decoys
Decoy Flags

Flapping Wing Decoys
Jerk Strings
Spinning Wing Decoys



Here is a Bullet on Swimming Duck Decoys from The DuckMechanic:

I have used swimming duck decoys for the last 20 years.  They are a big benefit on those no or low wind days as they add realistic movement and wave motion to my entire spread.  I use them in most conditions to simulate ducks dabbling or swimming in my spread.  I also use them in combination with spinning wing decoys, shakers or "quiverers", flapping wing decoys, "splashers", and full body decoys giving my spread an enticing, realistic look.   Depending on the weather, wind, and location, I will position the swimming decoys within gun range throughout my decoy spread.  Using swimming duck 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 swimming duck decoys.

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