Dove decoys - do they work?

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Dove decoys - do they work?

Postby JrCoach_Lou » Thu Aug 03, 2006 9:29 am

Now that it's August I've started daydreaming about dove hunting! I was wondering whether anybody has had any experience using dove decoys? I read an article in Fur Fish Game magazine a few years back that said that they improve your chances especially if you're in a field alone, without a bunch of other hunters in the field, moving the birds around.

I also did a search and also found this decoy -

Anybody ever seen or heard of using a motion decoy for doves? Are they even legal in NC?

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Postby Whompus Cat » Thu Aug 03, 2006 9:45 am

i just bought some for the first time this year, last year i was hunting at some game lands the weekend after opening day, and someone had a dove decoy tied to some fishing line and hung it over a power line. the doves were flying high enough so they couldnt get hit and would dive in on the decoy and the guy killed his limit in an hour while noone else shot a thing, i remember i was sitting about 100 yards from him and didnt pull the trigger all day, i have seen the mojo doves at game lands so im sure they are legal, yet i remember the guys werent doing good, but that was a bad day for everyone. im gonna try the power line trick this year, ill let you know how i did
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Postby pamlicohunter » Thu Aug 03, 2006 9:49 am

Mojos are legal in NC. I have seen a guy limit out in 30 min with a mojo. I also know several guys that use regular decoys and place them on the ground with great success.
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Postby lvduckhunter » Thu Aug 03, 2006 12:43 pm

I have used the foam collapsible decoys (with the clothes pins) for about 6 years. I don't use them every time I go, but they worked very well for me. A trick a guy taught me was to place them on barbwire fences and make sure that the birds are facing the direction of the field where they are landing....I don't think it matters that much but I have always done it that way.

I have also used them in the middle of a field on the ground in an open area where I have seen birds, gone on a quick walk and had birds in the decoys when I came back.

I have always worried about using them with high concentrations of people if I am in close proximity as most hunters are not use to seeing them and I could be shot. :laughing:
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Postby Duck U 2 » Fri Aug 04, 2006 7:33 am

Yes. They do work.
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Postby H20fwlkillr » Fri Aug 04, 2006 12:00 pm

Decoys work well. I have used them for years. Try putting some on the dry edges around ponds in mid morning. They really flock into them.
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Postby DarkThirty Killer » Thu Aug 17, 2006 5:27 pm

use the hard plastic decoys, tie some fishing line to them, with the line still on the rod and reel. Cast the decoy over the line and reel decoy tight to line, and use the weight of the rod and reel to keep the decoy tight to the line. People may be laughing at you when you come into the field with your fishing rods rigged up with decoys, but you will get the last laugh. one on the line is good, but two is awesome.
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Postby gvegas88 » Thu Aug 17, 2006 7:14 pm

Yup, dove decoys work. I've got about 10 or so and with a mojo in with them they can't resist. The fishin pole and power line idea is very effective especially where dove are accustomed to landing on lines. my buddy uses some old zebco push buttons but I just use line and a weight or a big branch I find lyin around. Cut down a small tree or big branch and remove all the leaves and twigs and prop it upright with some doves on it and theyll come around. and Those 3D flappers are made right around Ayden and Kinston, I've got one of his flappin crows. I hope yall have a better opening day this year.
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