For the majority of our season, the ducks either hadn’t arrived ( due to long-lingering “Indian Summer”-like weather conditions here in the midwest and parts northward up into Canada) and/or were just very difficult to pattern and got stale quickly. ( again due to the weather and lack of new birds). Subsequently, we have had to rely on literally hundreds of miles of scouting and resorting to using every trick in the book we know of; to both get into birds and get them to commit.
Upon receiving your Windwhackers, both my hunting partner and I came up with all sorts of tests we could put them through: different placements in the spread, use with small and large spreads, multiple wind-conditions, with/without other motion decoys and devices,etc. But the test which sold us came purely by happenstance.
Not having clients booked for the day, my partner’s son and I headed to a local marsh where bird numbers were slowly building. We had a very strong north wind accompanied with blue-bird skies and temperature far from a typical November. As dawn approached, we noticed that another hunter had set up approximately 300 yards across from us. He had approximately the same number of decoys out as we did; plus two Mojo-type spinning wing decoys. He was just as hidden as we were. And as luck would have it, the way the birds were working that morning, they had a much better initial view of his spread than ours on their approach.
To keep a long story short, the best way to summarize our Windwhackers versus his Mojos is he went home empty-handed; never having fired a shot. The birds did get drawn first toward his rig, but every flock flared at approximately 70-80 yards from the mojos. By that time, they were then able to see our Windwhackers and did not hesitate “to investigate”; with several qickly “committing suicide”. This scenario has played out several times since.
Great product Don. A credit to your ingenuity. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this product to anyone. Now granted, we are dealing with waterfowl, and I can’t say we duped every bird which has flown over our spread. But the ones we have had commit, want to hover right on top of the Windwhackers or land next to them.
Windwhackers…..a quality motion-system which increases one’s odds for success.