We hunt steep sided mountain lakes a lot from floating blinds....jerk strings are a tough proposition, and I've been struggling with the best way to get some motion. This idea was a GREAT one. And something about a weasel ball is kinda funny, too, so that's an added bonus. I gave it a shot, here's info:
- Two weasel balls from Cracker Barrel, $8 each
- Weasel balls are bigger than you might think, a tad smaller than a softball
- Have cheap Flambeau Storm Front hot buys....weasel ball will just barely fit inside these decoys
- Cut 3 sided flap in decoys using a box cutter, trying to follow feather patterns; a box cutter will cut these decoys just fine once you get initial hole started
- You need to cut a big ole hole
- Cut sock in half, cram weasel ball in it to reduce noise....you'll still hear it, but it'll be muted. No sock, it'll rattle a ton.
- Takes 1 AA battery; batt life for me was one hunt per ball, 4 hours
- Weasel ball has two halves that unscrew. Must open weasel ball to turn on/off/replace batt. Weasel ball must thus be easy to access and take in/out of decoy.
- Good side-to-side rocking and ripples/rings on still days, definitely noticeable; any wind at all and it negates the amount of motion these provide and no need to go to the trouble
- Simple solution, no strings, inexpensive, low hassle, for now will use it on all still days
And did I mention that somethin about weasel balls are kinda funny too, so that's an added bonus?