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Been spending the past few days starting the process of cleaning out my in-laws house in CT as my father in-law is in a home. While cleaning up came across duffel bags of decoys. They mostly appear to be home made and primarily bluebills. A simple cork on plywood with a counterweight screwed in. There were 4 of these things, which are huge, twice as big as any decoy and I am guessing was used for sea duck hunting on LI sound. Anyone ever seen such a thing?
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It's a scoter decoy. They are sea ducks, sometimes called skunk heads. Scoters are fairly big birds anyway, but that looks like a magnum, hard to tell from the picture. Scoters are generally not too bright and will basically decoy to most anything. Thirty years ago, there were a lot of rigs that consisted of bleach bottles painted black and rigged on a long line. I think there are still some that use that method today. Might be worth something to a collector.
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