Operating a Jerk-Corded Decoy

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Operating a Jerk-Corded Decoy

Postby waterfowler82 » Mon Oct 17, 2005 9:58 am

I've seen several posts about how to rig a jerk cord to create a swimming action or a diving action with your decoys, but never anything on how and when to use it. I'm assuming that it's best to add the motion when the birds are still a little ways out to help draw them in (perhaps 100-150 yards?), but I'd like to hear how you guys do it and how you've noticed birds react to the added motion. Let me know what you think-
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Postby DUKHTR » Mon Oct 17, 2005 10:00 am

not when they're looking - is what I have always been taught and do.......of course when they are out aways is OK....but otherwise only when they are swinging
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Postby SwampHunter » Mon Oct 17, 2005 10:32 pm

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Postby Ducksbeus » Tue Oct 18, 2005 1:33 pm

Ditto...Tips and tails :yes: :yes: :yes: Sometimes Ill jerk my chord cuz Im bored :tounge: :tounge: :tounge:
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Postby waterfowler82 » Tue Oct 18, 2005 8:42 pm

Hey man, when you jerk your cord is your business (though I don't know that I'd do it in a duck blind... :smile: !)
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Postby gahunter » Wed Oct 19, 2005 6:07 pm

Some times the birds aren't flying and you've got to pass the time some way. :toofunny:
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Postby texan68 » Wed Oct 19, 2005 10:25 pm

:toofunny:.......kids these days....sick minds
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Postby Sagebrush » Sun Oct 23, 2005 12:03 am

Jerk cords are at their prime when there is no wind & the water is like glass!!! The added waves & ripples make things look "right".
Think about it. If you were 300 yards up, looking down; at 40 dec's not moving, you would think "ROCKS" right?
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Postby waterfowler82 » Sun Oct 23, 2005 3:49 pm

I agree. Even a dozen dekes sitting on glassy water would look unnatural, hence my commitment to start using a jerk-cord. I picked up some surgical tubing to rig it up. I'm going to go test it before the season starts. It should be fun to try. How much weight do you usually use to keep the deke in place? I'm think that I want a lot of weight so that I can get a longer swimming/return motion.
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home made jerk cord systems??

Postby ourtlc40 » Sat Nov 12, 2005 10:00 pm

Hey guys,
What methods do y'all use?

Since I typically hunt over shallow water (wadeable). I take a tent stake and some cut up inner tube strips and attach them to my deke. Push the stake in at an angle so I don't eventually pull it out. Run my string from the front of my deke to my blind.

Works well for me.

In a pinch I've used a deke with a "poly" string with a weight on it. If the poly cord has been wound around the deke base any time at all it'll have a "Z" look to it after it's been taken off the deke base, this will act like a bungee as the poly will try to go back to the Z position after you pull on it and straight it out with your jerk cord.

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