Dove Decoys That Stand Out

Decoys can be extremely effective for dove hunting, but plastic mourners have always presented one huge problem: where to put them so they can be seen. Gray fakes against the grayish soil of a sunflower field all but disappear, rendering their drawing power almost, well, powerless. The answer to this is the dove pole. By placing your decoys atop a 20-foot post, you create an avian magnet few birds can resist. Materials • 3 feet of ¾-inch metal conduit • Two 10-foot sections of ½-inch conduit • ½-inch butt-end connector • 2- to 4-foot lengths of thin dead branches Assemble at the hunting site. First, drive the ¾-inch conduit into the ground until sturdy. Tighten securely and wrap joint with duct tape. Clip the decoys to branches at natural intervals. Secure with duct tape if needed. The dove pole can be supplemented by spinning-wing decoys ($15; cabelas.com) at ground level.

Decoys can be extremely effective for dove hunting, but plastic mourners have always presented one huge problem: where to put them so they can be seen. Gray fakes against the grayish soil of a sunflower field all but disappear, rendering their drawing power almost, well, powerless. The answer to this is the dove pole. By placing your decoys atop a 20-foot post, you create an avian magnet few birds can resist.

Materials

• 3 feet of ¾-inch metal conduit

• Two 10-foot sections of ½-inch conduit

• ½-inch butt-end connector

• 2-…

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