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AK Ray wrote:Information I have gathered from other Nome area duck hunters is the use of swan decoys to draw birds in. A former mining engineer up there used a KARA style marsh boat to get off the road to some coastal lagoons. Two home made swan decoys and a dozen duck decoys and he cleaned up on the birds when they were passing through. He also had some brant decoys and focused on those as much as he could.
His swan deocys were pretty simple. 8 inches of foam in a rough swan shape and coated with FG cloth and epoxy left over from the boat build. He made the heads and necks out of solid wood and they had a peg at the bottom to fit into a wood block glued into the foam. This made them easier to handle in the boat.
Rumor is that the guy still has the family cabin on the claim up there and the boat and decoys are stored there for seasonal use.
Erich_870 wrote:What's the premise on the swans? Better visibility, confidence decoys?
AK Ray wrote:Both. Swans pull vegetation up from depths most puddle ducks can't easily reach. As they pull it up ducks will come in and take the stuff. Wigeons follow along behind swans and nibble their left overs. Mallards do the same.
Being a larger bird swans need more food so where ever they are sitting and dipping their heads will give the appearance of lots of food for all birds.
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