Did not want to hijack another thread, but wanted to ask your professional opinion. When this "device" is a real asset in terms of easiness of deployment and picking up i have a feeling that birds avoid it. I'm not 100% sure, it is just a feeling. In my area this year duck hunting is terrible, birds are not flying, do not respond on calling and shy away from everything, hence i cannot confirm. My question comes from my last outing with a friend of mine who first time saw this raft and made a comment :"your decoys are too close together. usually when ducks are scared of something, they form tighter group. Your raft signals to flying birds that the situation is not safe here". What thinks you, refugee gung?