Having a decoy during hunting makes a big difference and will determine whether you will make your catch. For most people, especially those who are just learning how to hunt, the challenge always comes in finding the right decoy. Some of the tips on having successful lures are as follows.
The location you choose to place your decoy should be in the right environment. For instance, if you want ducks, you should choose shallow waters, and if you want geese, you should probably place it in a field. You should also analyse the location first so that you are sure of the kind of animals which are likely to be found there. Always have a map of the location where your decoy is, to avoid a situation where you shoot your own decoy.
Placing the Decoys
You should always use a decoy of the same animal you want to attract. For instance, if you are looking for ducks, you should use ducks. There are, however, alternatives where it is advisable to use a decoy of what the animal you want to attract eats. For instance, using a rabbit to attract a fox.
When placing the decoys on location, it advisable that if you have many of the same types, you should put them together so that the arrangement looks natural. Through animal instincts, the creature you want to attract will feel that the area is safer because they see other animals in the location.
What will attract an animal to your decoy is how believable the decoy you use is. Bear in mind that animals are intelligent and are unlikely to fall for the cheap and fake looking decoys which hunters sometimes use. Depending on the animal you intend to catch, you should know that some, such as ducks, can fall for a not so believable decoy, but foxes are clever, and they are rarely fooled, so you need to do better.