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Decoys..........Do they Work?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Fog, Nov 9, 2005.

  1. Fog

    Fog Engaging Member

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    Thinking of getting an owl decoy but i have always heard mixed results about them.
    Anyone had any experience?
     
  2. Rags

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    Some of the guys around here us the owl decoy

    to frighten the pigeons and other birds away in their hangars. I use my Cyclone and shrouded Talon 24" :thumb:
     
  3. Rags

    Rags Active Member

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    If you want to attract birds try decoys of the birds

    you want to shoot or hunt.;)
     
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    Both. I go off Hunting and leave the Decoy, after hunting for a few hours i head back and if my Perigrine is being mobbed by crows i might if i have not had a good day pick a few off.
    I know some Falconers who would be glad for a bit of feather.
     
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    sounds like a good plan to me.

    sometimes with ground squirrels and rats i just leave them to bait the others out of hiding. :)
     
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    I got some magpie deeks. Not had much luck with them yet - I'm still working on placement.
     
  7. Fog

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    Wait until spring as its mating season and they become very terratorial. Then you have two options.........

    1. Set your Decoy in a Larsen trap, trap a live one to attract others and then fire away at the vermin.

    2. Just use the Decoy to attract on its own.If you are in a field the more you shoot and kill the more carrion there is to attract others plus crows etc.

    I trap them and feed them to my falcon or my mates so none go to waste especially as its the start of their moult so a bit of Feather is part of a good diet.

    Oh yes.......Call me a softy but i always bread and water the decoy live bird until its done and then release it after all its served its purpose.:)
     
  8. Chael

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    I definately agree with using a live magpie as the bait in a larsen. Other magpies will come down to pick a fight and get trapped.
    I live on a farm that has egg laying chickens, but the maggies always eat the eggs, so try some eggs or egg shell in the trap to.

    Chael
     
  9. andyhawkx3

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    HAWK DEEKS

    MARCH IS THE BEST TIME 4 CROWS JUST AS THEY ARE PAIRING UP, PUT A HAWK (DEEK) OUT ON A POST, WITHIN 30YDS OF YOUR HIDE, CLOSE TO A TREE...THEN WATCH THE FIRE WORKS..I HAVE A VIDEO OF THE SECAND TIME I USED ONE OF MY DEEKS...BUT . ONLY KNOW HOW I CAN PUT IT ON THIS FORUM...HELP!!!!:mad:...NEVER MINE..AH...YR LOSS
     
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  10. a1gunner

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    just get some crow or magpie deeks and put a cut oper rabbit or squirel.

    make sure the guts are showing this makes it iresistable to them:p

    make sure your well hidden too

    im may you can use eggs and a fake nest (2 or 3 will do crack one open)

    a rubbish pile with bread and other food works too (take trash home with you too)
     
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    decoys

    i once made a decoy in the image of rockabilly put it in a busy shopping centre with a begging bucket the bucket was full after a hour so they must work
     
  12. Rockabilly

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    yes i also made one of topcat out of playdoh, took some making
    though ,you could"nt bend wire the shape of him:rolleyes: ,plus you would need to be over 18 to look at him.:D
     

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