[/quote] Part of the fun of waterfowling is trying to figure out the next trick to add to your tool kit. A new way of hiding, a new decoy, a new place. [/quote]
Your commentary is again right on point . A big part of the enjoyment I get these days from waterfowling comes from trying to come up with that new lure , or building a new piece of hunting equipment . More often than not my efforts get relegated to hanging from the workshop wall but occaisionaly I`ll stumble upon something usefull. I`m sure there are a lot of other hunters out there doing that same thing. I`am posting some pics of some of things that worked and some that didn`t . I urge others out there to post up their efforts .
My layout rig ; I modified an old boat trailer to carry two layout boats . The motor on my layout is a 52cc brushcutter I converted to use a 5 3/4" trolling mtr. prop . It worked great and would push my boat 6 mph loaded. Sold it to a duckhunter in Idaho.
Prior to the Higdon fully flocked decoys . I flocked all my drakes. Still using them.
My decoy cart . A couple 20" bike forks and some 3/4" sq tubing . Saves a lot of carrying.
Another one of my more frivolous endeavors. I have three of them that I scatter them throughout the the set . A small timer turns it on an off at preset intervals . It is intended to represent a bird raising up and flapping it`s wings . The motors came out of some old Mojo doves.
My homemade four arm vortex prior to painting. I use it primarily for field hunting. The Mallards really love it . The control box contains a motor speed controller and a 12v remote receiver. It allows me to turn it on and off from my layout blind .The wiper motor is off a Dodge Durango. Just click on the picture to see them fly.
One of my more effective efforts is my goose flagger . It uses a small wiper motor to move a Sillosock flapper decoy on a 4 ft. fiberglass rod from side to side . The flapping wings of the decoy combined with whiffleing side to side motion provides some tantalizing movement. I built three of them. They all run off one battery and can be turned on/off remotely . The motor speed is adjustable to accomodate the wind conditions. http://youtu.be/YvIEnyCaFZghttp://youtu.be/YvIEnyCaFZg
We all have experienced freeze up locking us out of our favorite pond or marsh . As temps. warm the ducks start filtering back into the area but ice is still covering your spot . All you have to do is knock a hole in the ice and drop the this marine bilge pump down thru it (Walmart $15) . Hook up the battery leads and let it start pumping water onto the ice . It will make what appears to be a large opening in the ice in short order. I cover the pump/batt. with a shell decoy . I will usually set some full body ducks and geese decoys around the perimeter with a half doz keel-less floaters in the middle of the water . It adds to the fun of fooling them.
My homemade dippers : They are self contained i.e. The battery and timer are contained inside the decoy . No wires to an external battery . You can set the timer to shut on/off any where in a 0 to 60 sec range. They will run for about 4 hrs on a charge . You can see from the dated pic . I built them long before Higdon came out with their models .
This is the last of the mini longtails I built . It is scratch built using a scooter motor with a 5to1 reduction transmission (Ebay) Finding the correct prop was the challenge . I ended up using a prop from a 1964 Evinrude 9.5 hp outboard . The guy I sold it to is still using it at MDC he powers his layout and pulls his sons boat behind it .
This is my buddy Mike testing out the motor on his homemade foam layout boat.
These were a few of the less laughable of my efforts . I`m sure there are a number of you out there who have come up with some interesting stuff we would love to see it .