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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby OlPepper » Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:34 am

Jkling12 wrote:Where do you cut the butt feeders? Gander has some off brands
For 5 bucks. Thinking bout doing another weasel ball deke.


I am going to use a hack saw with the decoy in a vice. I will cut the top portion of the decoy about 3/4 inch just above the level of the ball. I have some small hinges for one side and a clasp for the other. I will first experiment with no foam and let it roll around. If that dose not work then I will wedge it in with expanding foam.

For this I will have to suck it up and get a GHG butt feeder. I have looked at the other brands and dont think they will be big enough and rock too much and take on water.
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby Jkling12 » Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:21 am

Good point, I think the little off brands will take on water with the rocking.
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby Jones co Ducker » Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:08 pm

:clapping: absolutely brilliant
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby duckkillersinc » Sun Sep 11, 2011 11:40 pm

If u dont have a feeder butt take a regular decoy and put a zip tie around the neck of decoy and secure a small bungee, string or somethig in the center of the decoy neck in line with the decoy weight tie off hole, then tie other end of bungee, string to the weight line tie off hole, leave about 6-8 inches between the zip tie and hole. Tie a line to the center of the harness line you created and pull down in water so decoy head and body will stay straigt when u pull it under water. Use weight or stake to hold decoy head under water and butt in air. Ducks love it, the decoys move good because they are not as well balanced as a feeder butt. Ducks dont seem to mind the keel either!
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby OlPepper » Mon Sep 12, 2011 6:11 pm

little update,

The ball kept spinning and slipping despite me roughing it up with sand paper. So I wrapped the ball in that blue painters prep masking tape. No more slipping :thumbsup: . Even quited down the noise somewhat.

So next I took the sand out of the keel. WAY more rocking motion.

Like I said, I will get a GHG duck butt and try that next.
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby TheHorseMallard » Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:03 pm

Gents I have been away for a while but I am very happy to see that everyone is getting these things to work. I hope my test results and suggestions back on page 2 have been helpful and that this has become a quick and extremely effective project. These decoys will add tons of motion to a spread. With only two weasel ball dekes I was able to get water to spill over the edges of my neighbors large pool.

I would like to hear if anyone has tried these in 30 degree or colder weather to test battery life. However I think that High quality lithium rechargeable batteries will provide ample run time.

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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby elwoodUT » Thu Sep 29, 2011 6:07 pm

Ok I just made my motion decoy today. I cut the hole in the top but tried to follow the pattern of the feathers to try to make it not as noticable, and I taped up the weasel ball with rubber tape. I just cut the tape on the seam where the ball splits. The rubber grips the inside of the decoy very well which I hope will maximize the amount of motion. The tape seems to also be a good enough barrier to stop the noise of it rolling around in there. Can't wait to try it out! Season opens here on Saturday morning at 7:30.
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby JuniorPre 360 » Sun Oct 02, 2011 7:22 pm

i used mine for opening morning this passed weekend. it added a lot of motion to the deeks. i put one mallard in the middle of some teal decoys and it moved them around. i would recommend atleast 3 in a dozen decoys. 3 would put a lot of ripples. again, i'm using a hot buy mallard so it moves around a lot. :thumbsup:
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby sgt_allhiserUSMC » Tue Oct 04, 2011 6:04 pm

So I made a motion decoy out of a regular size tangle free decoy yesterday and I have been playing with it a little to try and fuigure out the best way to go to get the most motion. Do I want to foam the inside or just wrap the ball in a sock? Since the regular size bird isn't big enough for the ball to just roll around freely I found out that the ball needed to stay upright because if the ball is just stuck in there on it's side, the motor isn't strong enough to work. Once I realized that I was thinking foam was the way to go, but before I sprayed it I had a great idea. I realized that I can just super glue the bottom half of the weasel ball to the inside of the decoy! So I did it and damn does it work great. None of the motion of the ball is wasted at all. I hope some of you find this bit of info helpful.
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby JuniorPre 360 » Tue Oct 04, 2011 10:40 pm

sgt_allhiserUSMC wrote:So I made a motion decoy out of a regular size tangle free decoy yesterday and I have been playing with it a little to try and fuigure out the best way to go to get the most motion. Do I want to foam the inside or just wrap the ball in a sock? Since the regular size bird isn't big enough for the ball to just roll around freely I found out that the ball needed to stay upright because if the ball is just stuck in there on it's side, the motor isn't strong enough to work. Once I realized that I was thinking foam was the way to go, but before I sprayed it I had a great idea. I realized that I can just super glue the bottom half of the weasel ball to the inside of the decoy! So I did it and damn does it work great. None of the motion of the ball is wasted at all. I hope some of you find this bit of info helpful.

so if you need to change a battery are you still able to? i got some gorilla glue that i could use your idea with
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby sgt_allhiserUSMC » Tue Oct 04, 2011 10:56 pm

JuniorPre 360 wrote:
sgt_allhiserUSMC wrote:So I made a motion decoy out of a regular size tangle free decoy yesterday and I have been playing with it a little to try and fuigure out the best way to go to get the most motion. Do I want to foam the inside or just wrap the ball in a sock? Since the regular size bird isn't big enough for the ball to just roll around freely I found out that the ball needed to stay upright because if the ball is just stuck in there on it's side, the motor isn't strong enough to work. Once I realized that I was thinking foam was the way to go, but before I sprayed it I had a great idea. I realized that I can just super glue the bottom half of the weasel ball to the inside of the decoy! So I did it and damn does it work great. None of the motion of the ball is wasted at all. I hope some of you find this bit of info helpful.

so if you need to change a battery are you still able to? i got some gorilla glue that i could use your idea with

Yes you can, the motor is connected to the top half.
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby JuniorPre 360 » Tue Oct 18, 2011 1:29 pm

used mine last weekend on a bigger pond. ducks love it!! the water was completely still on saturday. i would still suggest having more than just 1 in a dozen decoys. i think 3 would be ideal. GREAT INVENTION :bow: :bow: :bow:
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby Huntfish12 » Thu Oct 20, 2011 7:25 pm

Started mine tonight. Couldent find any weasel balls locally so i went to toys r us and picked up one of those wobbling balls with the colored plastic fingers on it for $7.50. Got it home and went to work, took out the speaker, a baby laughing will tend to flare the ducks, and removed all the fingers. Im not gona cut up one of my ghg oversized mallards, and the ball is a little to big for the hot buys, so im gonna stuff it in a Flambu butt up. Waitin on the foam to harden now. Damn butt up leaked anyway so either way i look at it, works or dosent, its an improvement.
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby lukea.becker » Sun Oct 23, 2011 9:01 am

have you guys seen the weasel ball website? i want to order from them just because they are funny. my favorite part is this...

Cat Torture
Cats love the Weasel Ball. And by love, we mean hate. Most cats hate the Weasel Ball and want to attack, scratch, bite and kill it. Some cats are just deathly afraid of it. It's fun. If you let your cat have a little too much me-time with the weasel ball, it may get ruined. No worries though, because then you can just order another one. Or seven. Ruin all the weasels you want, we'll make more! And by "make" we mean "order from China."

http://www.weaselballs.com/
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby pootz79 » Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:53 am

lukea.becker wrote:have you guys seen the weasel ball website? i want to order from them just because they are funny. my favorite part is this...

Cat Torture
Cats love the Weasel Ball. And by love, we mean hate. Most cats hate the Weasel Ball and want to attack, scratch, bite and kill it. Some cats are just deathly afraid of it. It's fun. If you let your cat have a little too much me-time with the weasel ball, it may get ruined. No worries though, because then you can just order another one. Or seven. Ruin all the weasels you want, we'll make more! And by "make" we mean "order from China."

http://www.weaselballs.com/



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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby MODuckkiller » Tue Oct 25, 2011 2:14 pm

Any field reports on battery longivity? Made two already, but havent hunted over em yet. I'd like to make two or three more but if battery life is an issue I would reconsider.
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby JuniorPre 360 » Tue Oct 25, 2011 2:28 pm

MODuckkiller wrote:Any field reports on battery longivity? Made two already, but havent hunted over em yet. I'd like to make two or three more but if battery life is an issue I would reconsider.

i've used mine on 2 hunts with an energizer for about 6 hours and it's still going and going and going and going and going
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby pawneepredator » Sat Oct 29, 2011 12:53 pm

Just saw this. Seems like a great idea i could have used today. I was wondering if anyone has tried putting more than one ball in a decoy? Or if you can even fit more than one. I think i'm gonna go buy some of these today and try it.
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby NickJ. » Mon Nov 07, 2011 7:07 am

This is a great idea, has anyone tried to use a stormfront mallard to make one of these?
Also how have ducks responded to the motion decoys in the spread? It seems like they would attract more attention.
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby bigstump56 » Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:22 am

I used a pair of these for the first time 2 weeks ago here in NC in 27 degrees and normal duracell batteries lasted from 6-11am. They were starting to get weaker but lasted long enough for the hunt. I used the simple method of putting the ball in a tube sock and it worked the best and gave the best motion. I can't tell you with 100% certainty if it came from these 2 decoys, but we did have 2 groups of ducks circle in from behind us that we didn't see coming and sit down in the spread without any calling. IMO great idea and seems to work well. :beer:
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby bahester » Mon Nov 28, 2011 3:12 pm

Dicks sporting goods has 12 hot buy mallards today for 25% off + free shipping. Thinking about picking up a dozen and converting a few with the sock method. Anyone had good results with the hot buys?
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby largefrag » Tue Nov 29, 2011 2:16 pm

I tried a lot of permutations and will tell you what worked best for me. I use a GHG feeder mallard. Cut out a flap on the back leaving a "hinge" at the neck just big enough to get the ball in the decoy. i put a screw in the flap close to teh tail and another screw in the tail and connect them with an O ring to close the flap and hold it shut after the ball goes in.

As far as the ball goes. i coverd both halves of the ball with double sided foam tape and then overwrapped that with friction tape all from the local hardware store. the foam tape dampens the sound of teh ball banging around inside the decoy and the friction tape allows it to get some grip and move around inside the decoy. Drop the battery in the ball, drop the ball in the deocy, close the flap and set decoy.

It generates a great deal of movement of the water, especially when you have no wind or placed in slack water in a hole in front of a blind or windbreak. Puts alsmost as many ripples on the water a $100 pulsator. Mine lasts ~ 4-6 hours with a single double A battery.

i've got 2 and pan on making a few more.
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby klee7013 » Tue Nov 29, 2011 2:51 pm

largefrag would love yo see how the feeders move i should be getting a few in in about a week or so cabelas had em at 15 for 2.
if you could get a video of how the feeder moves it would be great.
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby JuniorPre 360 » Tue Nov 29, 2011 2:55 pm

bahester wrote:Dicks sporting goods has 12 hot buy mallards today for 25% off + free shipping. Thinking about picking up a dozen and converting a few with the sock method. Anyone had good results with the hot buys?

that's what i use are the hotbuys. their low profiles really makes the decoy move and change directions. i use a ball with a sock around it. you get 3 or 4 of these in your spread and it's amazing!!
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Re: Homemade motion duck decoy

Postby dodman » Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:28 am

We hunt steep sided mountain lakes a lot from floating blinds....jerk strings are a tough proposition, and I've been struggling with the best way to get some motion. This idea was a GREAT one. And something about a weasel ball is kinda funny, too, so that's an added bonus. I gave it a shot, here's info:

- Two weasel balls from Cracker Barrel, $8 each
- Weasel balls are bigger than you might think, a tad smaller than a softball
- Have cheap Flambeau Storm Front hot buys....weasel ball will just barely fit inside these decoys
- Cut 3 sided flap in decoys using a box cutter, trying to follow feather patterns; a box cutter will cut these decoys just fine once you get initial hole started
- You need to cut a big ole hole
- Cut sock in half, cram weasel ball in it to reduce noise....you'll still hear it, but it'll be muted. No sock, it'll rattle a ton.
- Takes 1 AA battery; batt life for me was one hunt per ball, 4 hours
- Weasel ball has two halves that unscrew. Must open weasel ball to turn on/off/replace batt. Weasel ball must thus be easy to access and take in/out of decoy.
- Good side-to-side rocking and ripples/rings on still days, definitely noticeable; any wind at all and it negates the amount of motion these provide and no need to go to the trouble
- Simple solution, no strings, inexpensive, low hassle, for now will use it on all still days

And did I mention that somethin about weasel balls are kinda funny too, so that's an added bonus? :lol3:
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