Dec­o­rated ducks?

Sporting Gun - - SHOOTING ANSWERS -

Does the paint-work on de­coys re­ally make a dif­fer­ence? Mine are a bit bat­tered af­ter a lot of use, but I have seen on so­cial me­dia that a lot of peo­ple paint them to keep them look­ing as good as new. Is it re­ally worth all that ef­fort?

I’m sure a lot of my de­coys are worse than most be­cause they have seen plenty of ac­tion over the

Tom says:

years. Yes, it is im­por­tant to cre­ate a nat­u­ral im­age with your de­coys to draw in­com­ing birds, but, by the time the ducks are close enough to in­spect the paint-work, they will be well in range of the gun, and, if you’re aim­ing cor­rectly, in the bag!

I do agree that lit­tle de­tails can make a dif­fer­ence, but ev­ery­thing de­pends on how much ef­fort you want to put into your sport. The shape and pos­ture of the de­coys you use is the most im­por­tant thing be­cause you need to catch the eye of birds on the wing from afar – es­pe­cially so when shoot­ing at low light lev­els. To achieve this, my de­coys have dif­fer­ent head po­si­tions to re­duce the risk of them look­ing too reg­i­mented. In other words, my aim is to cre­ate a de­coy pic­ture that looks en­tirely nat­u­ral with birds at rest, feed­ing and preen­ing.

The shape and pos­ture of your de­coys is key

to your suc­cess

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.