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Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby agengo02 » Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:51 am

Saw a write up on another forum so I decided to post up over here how I made mine. Don't have any videos yet, but this thing produces quite a bit of ripple and bobbing movement in the spread. Great for dead flat days and cheap to make.

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-old decoy
-expanding foam
-weazle ball (from Crackerbarrel-rip tail part off)
-something to cut the decoy. I used a Dremel tool
-marker to draw where you will be cutting

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Cut a whole out of the back of the decoy big enough to easily get the ball in and out.
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Next fill the entire decoy up with expandable foam.
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Cut out an area to fit the ball in.
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Attach the top piece you cut out and you are ready to go. (no pic of the top back on, but my cut was tight enough that I can wedge the top piece back on and it will hold. you may need to figure out some other way by using industrial velcro or something)
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby fowlhunter » Tue Oct 19, 2010 1:14 pm

Now there is an idea! Does the ball have a weight in it that rolls around?
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby agengo02 » Tue Oct 19, 2010 1:33 pm

Yeah you unscrew it and put 1- AA battery in it and it starts moving.
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby fowlhunter » Tue Oct 19, 2010 2:05 pm

Where would you find one of these?
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby Fetch em up » Tue Oct 19, 2010 4:15 pm

Does it make more motion then the decoys you can buy that wobble? Its a good idea, but I would be afraid of getting the thing wet.
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby agengo02 » Wed Oct 20, 2010 7:15 am

The little wobble pucks don't put out much motion in my opinion. These weasel balls spin fast and off balance which makes the decoy move more.
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby fowlhunter » Wed Oct 20, 2010 7:45 am

How much noise does it make?
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby agengo02 » Wed Oct 20, 2010 7:51 am

Very minimal if the ball fits tight in the foam. Just the sound of the motor. I doubt you could hear it from 30 yards away in a blind.
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby STLWaterfowlers » Thu Oct 21, 2010 8:06 am

Great idea. How long do the batteries last for?
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby agengo02 » Thu Oct 21, 2010 12:46 pm

I've heard they will last about 6 hours of run time, but I am going to keep a 4 pack of new batteries in the dry bag. I'm thinking that will cover both motion decoys all season long.
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby Botiz630 » Thu Oct 21, 2010 5:40 pm

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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby Ichabod97 » Thu Oct 21, 2010 5:49 pm

anyone got a video of one of these things in action on the water? i would be interested to see how much ripples it makes...
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby Ichabod97 » Thu Oct 21, 2010 7:16 pm

nice...definitely looks like a cheaper alternative to other quiver deeks. sure does put out some ripples! i might try this idea 'cause i know the first 3 days of early season here there was no wind and the water was calm...sucked having no motion on the water in our spread. i think this might do the trick. :thumbsup:
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby agengo02 » Thu Oct 21, 2010 7:24 pm

Cheap and easy f you got a cracker barrel and a lowes near you. I have also seen some others just cut three sides of the back of the decoy creating a flap to keep the piece connected.
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby bayouboy » Thu Oct 21, 2010 8:58 pm

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i don't know what's better: the decoy or botiz's post.
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby brktrt-18 » Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:04 pm

I got a weasel ball (cracker barrel) and tried it last night. The first decoy I cut was to shallow for the ball (old feather light) but the second one seemed to work well. I used one of those sonic tools to cut it and it worked great. I sprayed the foam in with the ball in the decoy suspended in a ziploc bag. I will let you know if that works or if the original idea of cutting out the ball location works better. It looks good so far. Duck opens here tomorrow so I hope it works. If not my daughter and dog got a kick out of chasing the ball so it is a winner either way!
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby agengo02 » Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:11 pm

Good idea about spraying with the ball in. You may still want to shave out a little of the inside. I have made 2; one with a tight fit and the other without. The tight fit one you really have to shake the decoy to get the ball out. How do you plan on re-attaching the back??
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby bayouboy » Fri Oct 22, 2010 4:31 pm

would you get more motion w/ a looser fit vs tighter fit?


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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby Ichabod97 » Fri Oct 22, 2010 5:19 pm

i would think you would get some more motion out of a looser fit.


as for putting the back piece back on, why not get a small black hinge from lowe's...that is how it is done on my mojo teal, and held closed with velcro.
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby Huntin Dawg » Fri Oct 22, 2010 11:08 pm

I made a couple of those years ago. They work pretty good. This year I made a feeder with a bilge pump. You've seen the posts I'm sure. The feeder makes a lot more motion than the wobblers.

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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby brktrt-18 » Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:54 am

Spraying foam with the ball suspended didn't work great. For some reason the foam didn't expand right and melted? Not sure if it was the temp (was in the shed and temp was freezing that night) or if not enough air got in there. Filled decoy up again and am cutting out hole for ball. Anyone have a good idea on getting foam off your hands. This stuff doesn't come off. I am going to put a small tab on the back of my flap to hold it closed.
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby agengo02 » Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:35 am

Try Gojo to get the foam off. I noticed in one of them I did that you can't fill the whole thing up with foam because the stuff on the bottom of the decoy doesn't set (no air to make it expand/harden). When I cut the hole the foam was still liquid in the middle so I had to wait for that to expand and set (another day or two) then re-cut the hole. If you have the time then your best option would be to spray the front and back part first leaving a big void in the middle. After all that expands and hardens then spray the middle if you need to. Makes sure the stuff sets properly.
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby harryhyde » Mon Oct 25, 2010 6:57 pm

I am definitely going to try this when I can find the best deal on weaselballs without paying outrageous shipping!

How about not using the spray foam at all, just wrapping the weaselball in a piece of sleeping pad foam and let it roll around some? The foam would keep it from making noise.

Putting it inside a small Nerf football or basketball might be the ticket too. Just slice it partway open and rip out enough foam for the weaselball. Then drop the whole thing in the deke.
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