Spinning wing duck decoys can be one of the most deadly tools a mallard duck hunter can use. There effectiveness has decreased since their introduction, but using the following tips can increase the effectiveness of your spinning wing decoy.
Use Spinning Wing Decoys on Sunny Days
The flash of the spinning wing simulates the flash that landing mallards make as they light into a landing location. Point the wings of your decoy to pick up the most reflection. The more flash that is created, the farther mallards can see your decoy.
Place the Spinning Wing Decoy Right Where You Want the Birds to Light on Migration Days
Put the spinning wing decoy in the exact spot you want the birds to land. Usually this is right where your proffered shot will be. On non-migration days or heavily hunted birds, place the decoy off to the side as experienced birds tend not to land where the spinner is located.
Know When to Take the Spinner Down
Mallards have seen these decoys from Canada all the way down to your honey hole and start avoiding them the farther south you are located. On migration days the decoy works like magic, but on birds that are familiar with the area, they can be more of a hindrance. Taking them down can save your hunt
Do Not Use Spinners on Cloudy Overcast Days
The effectiveness of the spinner goes down when there is little sunlight hitting the wings. Take them down on cloudy days as the motion will scare incoming mallards more than it will attract them.
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The above suggestions will help you consistently decoy more ducks. For more goose and duck hunting tips please read other articles located at duck and goose hunting tips.