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For hundreds of years, waterfowl decoys have been crafted and used by
hunters to attract live ducks and other waterfowl to hunting blinds.
In addition to duck calls or bird-sounding noisemakers, they have proven
to be the best way to hunt an otherwise elusive and sensitive prey.
Duck decoys may be made of wood, cork, or plastic, and they are shaped and finished to look like real ducks. A cork decoy is the most realistic in the way that it floats on water, but cork and wood are rarely used anymore because of their relatively heavy weight and the need to dry them after use. Plastic decoys are more economical, widely available, and lighter and easier to carry to a hunting spot. Decoys have been designed to imitate many duck species, although mallard duck decoys are the most common since most other duck species are willing to socialize with mallards.
Early waterfowl decoys were hand-carved out of several different kinds of wood, and used many different kinds of painting techniques to make them look authentic. Many of these decoys were stamped and dated to show where they came from, and when they were made. While inexpensive, mass-produced replica decoys have become quite popular, hand-carved decoys have become collectible pieces of art. They are often prized by folk art and antique collectors.
Over the years, skilled woodcarvers have created beautiful, hand-painted wood decoys that are decorative art objects in their own right. Decorative waterfowl decoys are much more detailed than the decoys used for hunting purposes, and they may sell for thousands of dollars. People buy and collect these handcrafted decoys to display them as works of art.
Decoys.us features convenient access to decoy shops and birding resources where you can find a great selection of hand carved decorative decoys and waterfowl hunting decoys. If you are a carver, be sure to visit this wood carving tools site, where you can find information about basic carving tools, as well as links to carving tool and accessories suppliers.
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