Mean Gene wrote:
There is no comparison to a fully flocked, nicely airbrushed decoy as opposed to cheap plastics with shiny paint.
Perhaps in your eyes. But it doesn't matter to the ducks. No matter how much you anthropomorphisize it, they are still not equipped with the ocular or cranial capacity to descern that much detail. He11, I've seen turkeys try and mount a decoy that looked more like a decoy than a real hen! At that was up close and personal and not moving!
Birds are no smarter today than they were fifty years ago. Back then a lot of us were using the old Victor paper mache decoys. Those things barely resembled ducks in shape, had horrible paint and on top of all that, the eye color was yellow regardless of species! Half the time they were so beat up from being thrown in the bag or boat that they looked more like duck we'd already killed. But, they worked. And worked well.
According to some scientists and decoy manuracturers, birds see in the UV spectrum. If that's the case, why are they dropping in on any spread that isn't painted with UV paint? They tried that one on deer hunters about twenty years ago. Kind of fell by the wayside. Same with all these innovations in waterfowl decoys. It's all about advertizing and marketing and mostly about prying dead presidents from your wallet. Just like fishing lures. The ammo manufacturers are doing the same thing with the different gimmick loads. The bottom line is that you can't buy success. You might get lucky once or twice, but in the long run, you're selling yourself short because it's YOUR own skill that'skilling birds, not anything you buy.