Dove Decoys Part 1

| October 19, 2016

Collared and mourning doves frequently land in the yard and forage for food and grit. I will occasionally harvest a collared dove or two with my Crosman 1322 air gun, and cook em up with dinner.

I decided I wanted them to frequent the property more often, and broadcasting wild bird seed as well as setting up a few decoys would be the way to do it.

I’m approaching this in multiple steps. Step one, create decoys. Step two, add movement to decoys. I had some 2×4 scraps sitting around, so I decided to glue up some blanks that I could carve into decoys.

I drafted a dove pattern, but expanded the size from a mourning dove to a collared dove size. My plan is to carve the body from the glued blanks, after adding a head and separate tail piece. I may ultimately wish I just sculpted these from foam, and finished them with mastic like duck decoys, or even bondo and some fiberglass, but with the scraps of short 2×4 pieces I had on hand, it made sense to give wooden dove decoys a try.

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So to re-hash, this is going to be a two step process. Step one is to create decoys, and decide if wood or foam and composite are the way to go. I could also create a mold from a wooden decoy if I am pleased with the outcome, then use expanding foam to create a lot more dove decoys.

Step two will be to add movement and realism to the decoy by use of a simple oscillating circuit, and a vibrating motor or solenoid to drive artificial wings. I know there are a million companies selling stuff like that already. However, given my skill set and knowledge of electronics and programming, I’d rather spend 2 dollars on parts, and not 15 or more dollars on a prefab item that won’t fit my decoys, or do exactly what I want them to do. Besides, I enjoy the process.

Feel free to share your thoughts, or contribute any suggestions via the comments.

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