Spinning Wings

Gmack

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Everyone seems to have a poor opinion of spinning wing decoys. But everyone seems to use them. I'm curious if people here think they work and it's worth having one?

I "quit" hunting around 1999 when I moved away and didn't pick it back up until a few years ago. In '99 spinning wings were just gaining traction, but I had never used one. I don't have one now, but I've been thinking about adding one or two to my spread. Either spinning wing or the flock a flicker ones.

So is it worth it?
 

Engstfeld

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Definitely work for dove. But haven’t seen the flickers do anything at all. Only the spinners.
 

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If you have a private spot, add an ice eater even if it does not freeze. Will put some motion & ripple on the water. It may take 100 yards of extension cord and a generator. Spinners need timers & remotes, Turn the spinner off once the look and dip. Then hit the jerk rigs
 

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Whatcha huntin' and how's your calling? A lot of teal can generally be shot over spinners all season long, perhaps due to their rapid manner of approach. But the deeper into the season we get, the more of they and, especially big ducks that tend to look things over prior to approach, are going to associate them with gunfire and push off. (Geese seem to almost always hate them.) Then good calling can beat snot out of spinning wings for producing easy shooting, instead of encouraging iffy attempts at birds that are bouncing high or wide and not coming back.

After September teal, I'd not employ a spinner, or any kind of motion, I couldn't shut off for big ducks or when a bunch of teal has swung wide. Mine are hard-wired through a switch in the blind, rigged to stop white down and painted to match the dark, mottled water of my marsh hole.
 

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Need at least 23 spinners.
 

ericDC

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We won't be using them this year. Had one of my best seasons in 19-20, the last year I was in lease as I thankfully got back into this year, and we didn't use any spinners that year.

Give me big slick water and some wind.

Granted I'm not hunting every day like Rick and usually get to pick my days when the conditions are favorable.
 

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Spinners work great for teal season. I also use them situationally throughout the season. I find they work well in thick areas that the ducks can’t see regular decoys very well or get a good look at it other then a wing flash now and then.
 

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They work. If they flare off of one, get 7 or 8. I would be fine if they banned them. But until then, I'm gonna have a spread of em.
 

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Everyone seems to have a poor opinion of spinning wing decoys. But everyone seems to use them. I'm curious if people here think they work and it's worth having one?

I "quit" hunting around 1999 when I moved away and didn't pick it back up until a few years ago. In '99 spinning wings were just gaining traction, but I had never used one. I don't have one now, but I've been thinking about adding one or two to my spread. Either spinning wing or the flock a flicker ones.

So is it worth it?
Spinners are to catch hunters for a purchase. The flock a flickers are the real deal. Back around 2000 they were using something similar to a flock a flicker in California to scare birds out of fields. Somebody noticed they were attracting ducks. That somebody came to Louisiana to hunt with Jeff Simmons and brought some to use. They attracted ducks like magnets but Simmons figured people wouldn’t buy them unless combined with a decoy. They have worked but now the decoy can spook ducks. Get the flock a flickers and no spooking. The flock a flickers had a design problem with water seeping in. It’s now fixed and the faf is what you need.
 

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