Waterfowl and Duck Hunting in Louisiana
Home made Duck Enticer wave maker
I finished up my duck decoy today. It seems like every year I take on the project of a new motion decoy. After lots of failures I think I have a winner.
I cannibalized two decoys that had props. I took the two props out of those dekes and put the propellers inside the cavity of a Hen Mallard. The props exited just about where a ducks legs sit. I hooked the positive and the negative wires of both motors together. I then tied the ends to the battery terminal.
For a battery I used an old 6V Mojo battery. These batteries last about 8 hours running. Placing the battery was the most challenging part as when I put this heavy battery in the hollow of the hen decoy and put the decoy in the water the decoy would not sit right. It was hard making the decoy sit straight with a big old battery in it. I rigged up double sided tape and mounted the battery in the correct position so that when inserted the decoy sat straight.
With battery and motors installed I used spray in that quick drying foam and filled the interior of decoy with it. By doing this I waterproofed the working parts of the decoy. I let it dry and then came back and cut out the foam to be able to get to my battery terminals. I wanted to do this so I can charge the battery.
I ran the thing in the water today and couldn't sink it. I threw it in the water and it floated straight and right side up. It makes good vibration on the water too!
I finished the demonstration today. What you didn't see is when I threw it in the water and it floated right side up. It seems to be quiet and makes lots of motion.