Waterfowl Tips: Anchor Tricks for Duck Decoys

Most of you are like me, freelance duck hunters who might not know the type of water we're hunting from day to day.

As I point out in this video, it pays to rig up two different sets of decoys, one for moving water and the other for still-water habitat.

Same decoy types, and same number of dekes. But what's different is the type of anchor I use for each scenario. In moving-water sets, I like to use a scoop-shaped lead anchor to really dig in and hold the bottom in rivers and streams.

For sloughs, ponds, and lake bays, I go with a flat lead strap anchor. I can either straighten it or bend it into a gentle curve to hold the bottom in windy conditions. And I always add a couple of feeding decoys - sawn-off dabbler butts of mallards and pintails - to serve as confidence dekes in weedy sloughs.

You can rig your decoys with any of dozens of anchor types. What's your trick?