According to the Michigan DNR “Robo Ducks” (electronic spinning wing decoys) will not be allowed at the Shiawassee River State Game Area this season. Hunters have complained that these decoys flare ducks late in the season ruining their overall hunting experience. This ban is a temporary and experimental effort. Mojo’s will be banned for up to THREE YEARS in this area with the impact of the ban measured through hunter opinion surveys.
I’ve got an opinion for your survey right here……
If the decoy is legal, let people use it. There is NO doubt in my mind that ducks flock to these decoys. Mallards and other puddle ducks (more often than divers) but the fact is THEY WORK. And as long as these decoys have been sold ducks have been figuring them out along with every other tool we use to hunt them. Late season ducks will flare at almost anything. The outline of a boat. Movement from the dog. Bad calling. So are we going to ban that stuff too? I’m not going to leave Zeus at home because, one time…some birds saw his tail wagging. Getting ducks over the decoys is tricky. It’s in the nature of the challenge that draws me to duck hunting.
I’m in full support of ensuring a quality hunt and a good experiences in the marsh. So why then punish hunters in the early and mid-season by banning a tool that works? I hunt Harsen’s Island quite a bit. When everyone else had a mojo (and I didn’t) the ducks wouldn’t even consider landing in my spread. So I bought one. Such is life when hunting public “bingo” areas. They are high-pressure hunting situations that require specific tools. “Leveling the playing field” and taking away tools that attract birds decreases the amount of “good experiences” for all hunters.
To be very clear, if you don’t like hunting a field in competition with a spinning wing decoy either buy one or hunt somewhere else. There’s plenty of other areas in the state that hold birds. And in the late season, you often have these spots to yourself. Quit ruining hunts for the majority because a few people make some noise.
I’d love to ban sky-busting and bad calling both of which flare more birds in managed areas than anything else. Long live the Mojo Mallard.