How to place your decoys correctly

Some basic reminders: 

Today, the law permits up to 100 decoys of huntable species to be used on a lake, but local restrictions might be in place. 

The main species used are:

 

- Mallards

- Eurasian wigeons

- Teals

- Hunted geese species 

Other species like the Northern Pintail, Shoveler, Pochard etc. can also be found.

The technique thus allows waterfowl hunters to make use of an important asset, allowing them to adjust the number and arrangements of these tools depending on the weather and season and in order to get different songs to increase the drawing power on the hunter's lake.

Positioning the decoys

Although there are no hard and fast rules, there are some best practices for positioning your decoys. 

There are, however, three basic principles for positioning your decoys on the lake. 

 

1. Ducks always position themselves against the wind, which allows them to slow their flight before they land on the water.

2. Ducks do not land if the "cries" of the decoys are close to the landing zone.

3. Ducks arrive along a specific axis so this parameter should take priority over the wind direction.  

 

These basic principles for correctly positioning your decoys will create an effective duck fastening line. However, attention must still be paid to your surroundings; indeed it is this that will also condition the performance of your duck fastening line. This requires you to consider the various hunters located around you if this is the case. 

Disposition decoys Solognac

Plastic figures are also a good way to fill your lake. They are usually positioned on the outside of the device as shown on the following diagram, ideal for hunting in the bay.


 

Should you fill your lake? 

The amount of decoys that you can position on the lake during the hunt depends on the season. 

In the early season: The main birds that are hunted early in the season will be young birds who have grown up on the water where you are hunting; a sudden influx of figures and decoys will scare the ducks. This is why just a few decoys are sufficient at the start of your hunting season.
Mid-season: During the major migration periods the number of decoys on the water can increase in order to attract even more game onto the lake. 

Decoy equipment

In order to properly secure your decoys, it is essential to put this basic material into position; so a small rope, elastic, swivels, stainless steel pin, floating surface cord and plug, will all be used to hold the decoys in place during the hunt. 

Some decoys, such as teals, have weaker legs, so the fixing system will have to be adapted with a flexible, smaller-sized attachment. 

Locating rings allow the ducks to be distinguished in the aviary especially if you want to alternate the wildfowl from one night to another. 

 

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