While most people enjoy seeing mirror like clear water, for a duck hunter it can be a nightmare. If you sit and watch a group of ducks on the water, you will always see a bunch of movement. This can be splashing water, the flap of a wing, or anything else. Unfortunately, even early season ducks can be wary when flying over a lifeless spread of decoys. A small breeze can go a long way to help move decoys around and create ripples throughout the water, but sometimes there’s zero wind when hunting. When you get tired of waiting for perfect weather or watching your decoys not attract any ducks, you might want to try some motion decoys.
Today’s hunters have a limitless amount of options to choose from when they are looking for a quality motion decoy in order to bring life and motion to their spread. Especially for a beginner who is looking to get started, all of the different options can be a little confusing. Here are a few different options to bring more motion to your setup.
Spinning Wing Decoys
Spinning wing decoys have grown tremendously in popularity and for good reason. They work by imitating the moving wings of a landing duck. When you look across a marsh or body of water, it is easy to see why these decoys are so effective at drawing in ducks. The flash from the wings is easily spotted and will grab the attention of any duck in the area. This type of motion decoy does not stir up the water, but it is still a great way to attract ducks to take a closer look at your spread. Spinning wing decoys are also very effective when hunting in open fields.
Water Motion Decoys
These decoys are designed to create movement out on the water. There are many different varieties, but the end goal is the same to stir up the water so it looks like living ducks are using it. Water motion decoys don’t usually attract ducks from a long distance away, but they work great for pulling in ducks on the final leg. No matter what type of motion decoy you are using, they will help bring some life to your spread. Here are our top five picks of motion decoys that you should consider using on your next hunting trip!
Thanks to an advanced technological breakthrough this flutter decoy produces waves that travel a whopping 50 feet attracting ducks from miles away! NOTHING rocks calm water better or harder! And it runs for 30+ hours on a single D battery!
Natural Flutter Extreme was engineered with an exceptionally rugged design to withstand years of getting tossed around in the back of the truck!
The Flutter Extreme is guaranteed to change the way you hunt forever, I know it has for me! 🙂
The Lucky Splasher combines the flash of a spinning wing decoy with splashing water to mimic live ducks on the water. The Splasher can be run continuously or in a timer mode (10 seconds on and 5 seconds off). This decoy features an ultra-realistic paint scheme and is made out of durable EVA plastic that resists cracking and breaks. The Splasher includes molded wings with splashing straps, 6-volt rechargeable battery, smart charger, and heavy duty foam float. This decoy is remote ready and works with Lucky HD remote kit that you can purchase separately. Super versatile and made of quality material, this decoy will be a great addition to your spread.
No matter the condition, the XS Pulsator is the ticket to adding portable water motion to your spread. This Higdon decoy has quickly become a staple for serious duck hunters who want to add a huge impact on their set-up with a one-piece, easy to use unit. Simply attach a decoy-cord and weight and drop into the water for a quick set-up. It has a built-in digital timer that surges a highly visible spray of water and significant surface water disturbance, creating an ultra-realistic rocking/feeding motion that drives ducks wild. Something a little different will make your spread that much more effective.
A great spinning decoy, the elite series mini mallard has an all new design that results in decoys that are more realistic, quieter, smoother, faster, and have longer battery life. Each MOJO Elite Series Decoy comes equipped with flexible feet attached to the decoy skin making for easy storage and portability. The decoy body has an ultra realistic paint scheme that presents finer detail and holds its color and the magnetically attached wings, these decoys are quiet, smoother, and fast. MOJO makes very high quality decoys, and this model is no different.
This Higdon decoy is designed to create the most realistic motion and ripple effects in your spread as possible. It is super quick and easy to set up, simply attach a decoy cord and weight and drop into your spread. This decoy is powered by an internal 12V battery and timer that is built within the decoy. The swimming motion it creates naturally adds realism to the whole spread set up. It can run up to seven hours on one charge, and has a super quick recharge time. Add this decoy into your spread to have a little variety of all the different motion decoys, and no ducks will be able to resist.
As you can see, there are lots of different varieties of motion decoys, and all have their place in a spread. By adding in some motion decoys, you can drastically increase your success rates and bring some life to your spread. If you have ever thought about adding some motion, these are five great options to consider adding to your arsenal of gear, and the added success that you will see will soon pay for itself!