The Best Duck Decoys for Your Next Hunt - Backpacker

The Best Duck Decoys for Your Next Hunt

Every hunter needs a clutch of good duck decoys if they want to succeed on their hunt. Why? Simply put: They convince wild ducks that your hunting spot is where they want to be. By putting out decoys, you create a welcoming effect, lulling waterfowl into a sense of safety right near your blind. Which kind you pick for your hunt depends on how you’re going to use them. Here are three of our all-time favorite decoys.
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Best Overall

AvianX Top Flight Duck Open Water Mallard Decoy

Fake Flock

Make any spot look like prime waterfowl habitat.

What We Liked

This is a flock of ducks in a single purchase. The six-decoy pack includes four mallard drakes and two mallard hens in a classic swimming posture. The durable, painted models are stunningly realistic for the price, and all feature a forward-weighted keel for a believable swimming posture. A variety of poses makes them look natural, too. Buy now on Amazon.

Best Rippler

MOJO Outdoors Mojo Butt Up Rippler

Battery Powered

This fake bird butt dabbles and ripples for a realistic effect.

What We Liked

Anyone who’s ever spent any time in a blind knows that dabbling ducks spend a large portion of their day butt-up, feeding on plants under the surface. Having a few decoys that mimic this immediately-recognizable behavior is a huge boon on a hunt. This one doesn’t just mimic the posture, it mimics the movement as well, using 4 AA batteries to vibrate the plastic decoy and create ripples on the water, just like a real duck would. Buy now on Amazon.

Best Spinning Wing Decoys

Lucky Duck - Spinning Wing Decoys

Smart Flyers

These fake flappers simulate flight with just a few batteries.

What We Liked

If you’re interested in mixing a few flying ducks into your decoy flock, these spinners are a solid, reasonably-priced pick. The Lucky Pair ii contains a drake and a hen, each made of durable EVA plastic, with corrugated wings that spin thanks to a battery-powered motor located in the chest. Each comes with a three-piece stake, and attaches with a simple bungee cord built into the decoy. Buy now on Amazon.