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    For those who use spinners, I'd like to hear your opinion. Looking out across the pond, on a saturday or other day when many are out hunting, you can easily spot the spinners at great distance, with the white wings flashing away like a school bus beacon. I'm thinking that it is too bright, and too obnoxous and that they may scare off many ducks. I've seen groups of ducks at a distance splashing away and flying above their comrads and nothing comes close to the white flashing of spinners. Mojo's are white on one side, colored on the other. A mallard only has a small white wing patch, not the whole thing. I'm thinking about taking a can of gray or tan spray paint and spraying about 3/4 of the white side. Ducks may not see it from as far away, but to those who do, I think it would look much more natural.. What do you think. Bud
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    Ever looked at the bottom of a mallard's wing?! You don't need to spray paint it, just get some cheap gray panty hose and put it over the wings. This way it'll kill the shine on a sunny day, but early in the morning or on a foggy/overcast day, you can still get the visibility/contrast you need. Furthermore, don't put the spinner out in the open where a duck can stare at it while it works your spread. Tuck it away a bit so it only catches glimpses of it while circling and deciding to come in. In my experience, those two tips should make the spinner work quite a bit better.

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    The panty hose idea is excellent, I will try it. I usually do place the spinner off to the side and not in direct line with where I expect the ducks to come in at, and not near me. Thanks, still waiting for somebody to suggest painting the wing bright red. Bud
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    I think you should paint the wing red. Ducks are attracted to red, kinda like largemouth bass. Even better, paint the wing neon yellow, with red stripes! I bet you will pull in every duck in Alaska with it!

    I have never had a problem with mine. I use the baby mojos, and like you I put them on the side instead of in the landing zones. I keep mine close to the water too instead of putting them up on the extended poles. This just seems to work for me.
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    i like mine the way it is. it works. but they're right, keep it toward the grass...not near your blind...and low...the ducks have a birds eye view and will see the thing even if its on the water.
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    The one I got this year is different then most. Have had problems in the past getting a post solid enough in the marsh to stay upright (needs viagra), so much of our marsh is just plain mushy. I ordered up a floating mojo from Cabelas, simulates a duck taking off, neck stretched upwards, wings spinning, black foating donut like base, I think I like it as a floater rather then a flyer. Bud

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    akblackdawg I took a peice of 1" emt conduit, crimped the bottom in a vice, then welded a 10" foot peg onto it. I made it about 5 feet long so when its stuffed in the mud in thigh deep water its only a foot off the surface. Oh and I cut a small bit of the stake the mojo came with and welded it to the conduit so the spinner fits snug. As far as the wings being to bright I havent had an issue with it. What I did notice is that if its 4 feet in the air they dont like it much.

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    I gave up spinners years ago as only fresh birds seem attracted to them. Every rig you pass has one or more out and you see some of the savvy hunters with plain rigs. They work at times, no doubt. Sly Mallards and Sprigs ignore them, widgeons seem to fall for them the most. I did a triple on Widgeon one time as the birds milled around and hung above the robo duck.

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    I have a completely different experience. I got 5 mallards saturday all feet out wing cupped headed into my mojo duck. Widgeon just screamed by at 120 mph. The week before I got 4 mallards and 1 sprig all cupped into the mojo as well...The photos r the last 2 weekends. I religiously use mojo. Plain wings. Works great.
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    Was this at duck lake? I got 5 Mallards with just plain decoys there last week. Usually let Wigeon and Teal pass and most divers. Some of the Blackheads (Scaup, Bluebills) have fantastic almost full colors now though. I will also take divers with a picture perfect painting like pass going 120 with the cupped wings. On of the most hard shots in waterfowling is a Blackhead pair coming straight at you and you hit the first and the second is already passing you and you have no time to get the gun into your shoulder as the gun is far stuck out in the original sight plane and you must shoot totally instinctive with the gun not to your shoulder and you crumble the second. Great feeling of accomplishment.

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    This wasn't at duck lake. Close enough to it to hear the shots from there though.
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    Yes, I kind of figured that.

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    Is that a can on the far right? Looks the head color but yellow bill? Nice Birds!

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    No they were all mallards
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    Hey Bud, was that you out on Sunday, with the "frosted" plexi glass wind screen?

    I was the guy who walked by and commented about the wonderful trip down the river..

    Was pretty slow on Sunday, but at least a nice day.

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    I noticed I did a lot better once I got the remote control for mine. It seemed to work much better than just being on constantly.

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    Yea, I had a heck of a time going out, with my head around the screen, could only see to one side, ended up going across the silt and over a 2 ft bank to get back to the river, lucky I have a airboat. Think i will cut down the windscreen this winter or spring so I can stand up and see over it if necessary. We were held up, I took some marine tex with me to fix a hole in my fiberglass duck boat, even with heat it didn't set up all the way, went out and it leaked more. Went back out monday about noon with fiberglass repair stuff, should be great, plan on going out again tomorrow. Looks like you must be though there for the year. Did you do any good Sunday. Bud
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    Well, I hope I'm not through for the year. I did pull the boat as I'm heading down to do an elk hunt. I'm hoping to be back in time for those freeze up hunts, but figured to play it safe if I dont.

    The hunting was beyond poor Sunday. We had a great shoot on Sat though, taking a bunch of mallards that insisted on fluttering over the decoys at about 15 yards. We even had some pass so close overhead that I thought they were going to land on top of the blinds. Was very fun. My wife enjoyed that very much. I had two green heads land right next to my spinner, and in fact had to wait till they started gaining air again before I shot so as to avoid killing the spinner. So, I dont think the wings are too bright. Generally, I dont use them much. If I do use them, its mostly on overcast days with wind and new birds. Very effective then. But, hunting where we were on Sat, I needed the visibility to attract birds to the decoys. It worked just like we planned it.....they had different plans on Sunday. Ya win some, ya lose some.

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