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ADD 'LATE SEASON
MALLARDS TO THE SELECTION
By Andy Tannock
hese are the decoy postures many serious hunters have been
waiting for. "At Rest", "Snuggle Head", "Hunkered Down"
Chilled Out"- names like these would more accurately the "Rester/Preeners", a pack
Last season's sellout was
featuring decoys that had such
amazing detail you'd be forgiven
describe the look and attitude of Avian X's new mallard
floaters, but because they're realistic enough to still fool the
most educated mallard right to the end of the season, AvianXhave opted for wanting to display them on your
to name this the "Late Season" pack
Ducks in New Zealand feed and are very active at night and therefore
can be tuckered out by the time they return to a safe place to rest up during couldn't get enough of as these decoys closely resemble the mallard/
the day. One ofthe golden rules ofduck hurtingisto be where the ducks grey hybridized colouration of many New Zealand ducks. OtherAvianx
want to be". It follows that the decoy layout must imitate the scene you've favorites include "Hen Only" packs, regular "Open Water"(swimming)
observed when you've scouted out and set up on the spot where the "ducks packs and "Back Water" (surface feeding) packs
want to be". In other words, your decoys need to be replicating visually not
just the location, but also the mood and behaviour the returning mallards dcoys are favoured by some hunters as they have a matt, very natural
would normally see there.
Watch any duck camp or refuge area with your binoculars during the
day and sure you'l observe some active ducks, plus the odd one preening everybody. The flocking will wear off through normal run and gun usage,
or going through some kind of pairing ritual, but once they have settled
into their daytime routine, the majority of mallards will be floating lazily. into plastic bagfter a hunt, and transporting them carefully in individual
catching some zzz's, relaxed, safe andminding their own business. We've pocket style decoy bags, then stick to painted decoys. There is no doubt that
needed a set of decoys that portrays this mood, and now we've not only
got it, but it's the same stunning quality and size as all the other Avian X
mallards, meaning it's an instant complement to the family of decoys you
For the record, the "Late Season six-pack comprises 2x low head
drakes, 2x low head hens and 2x rester drakes. Avian Xdecoys might bea
little more expensive, but the payback is in the detail and in the longevity.
All Avian X decoys are manufactured using top quality virgin plastic that
has superior paint adhesion. This plastic is flexible enough to absorb major
impacts and will minimise the friction between decoys when they are
bagged up and bumping around while in transit, etc.
The detail and paintwork is the industry leader and the weight-forward
keel design ensures a lifelike swimmingaction.
Educated mallards can spot the falseness when all the decoys look the
same, therefore the proven decoy options Avian X have introduced over past
seasons enable the hunter who pays attention to detail, to add the necessary
variety to the spread
Previous to that it was the "Early Season" pack that hunters here
Also in the range are the Fully Flocked Black Duck floaters. Flocked
looking featherlike surface that minimises reflection.A word of warning
about fully flocked decoys however, is that they are not suitable for
so if you are not prepared to take extra care such as packing flocked decoys
even after several seasons use, Avian X's painted decoys still look great
which can be in contrast to their fully flocked counterparts that'lget patchy
bald spots if they don't
get the"cotton wool"
decoys paid off on this
Late season mallards can e very wary, The
weekend hunt in Canterbury last July. Rüby. my
y enjoyed the result.