Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

New duck decoys whip up a controversy.(Outdoors & Recreation)

Byline: Jeff Jones Journal Staff Writer

* Many hunters 'absolutely love' spinning-wing birds; others question ethics

Dawn eased slowly over the bosque south of Belen, melting a thin glaze of frost on the salt cedars. For a few minutes at least, all was quiet - except for the slight whirring hum coming from a duck decoy staked on a pole in a small pond.

Less than three hours and a box of 12-gauge shotgun shells later, a full limit of mallards was lying at the base of a fallen tree nearby. Wonderduck - a hen mallard decoy featuring spinning wings powered by a D-cell battery - had worked its magic.

Spinning-wing decoys, which simulate a duck coming in for a landing, are made by several companies. And Bruce Abraham, general manager of Wonderduck Decoys in Marshall, Texas, says his company's faux birds have been selling at a furious pace. …

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