The first half of autumn – the most fertile time for hunting wild members of the family pheasant. The smallest but the most numerous is the genus of grouse.
There are only two ways of production of this bird hunting decoy and method “from the approach“. Due to the excessive caution of the object, the first option is the basic classical way.
Optimal conditions for hunting with a decoy
After the break-up of broods in early September, the grouse are actively looking for a mate. The process continues for two months, until the beginning of November. During this period a decoy on the grouse is perceived as a potential partner, bird actively responds and follows to the source of the sound. By the end of autumn, most couples have already formed, so the grouse may respond, but the decoy will not go. The best time for hunting is the period of active leaf.
Hunt should be early in the morning or at dusk. In the daytime weather should be clear and windless. In the presence of precipitation on the hunt you can not get out.
Most of all, to locate the bird in the following places:
- deep ravines cluttered;
- mixed spruce stands with lesser amounts of deciduous trees, mostly birch and alder;
- in the coastal zones are densely covered with low shrubs.
High groves grouse chooses extremely rare. He chooses an area of about 400X400 m2, which is carefully guarded by members of their own species.
The technique of hunting with a decoy
To hunt with a decoy should be alone. The search is slow progress in the forest, with periodic stops for luring birds. Every 100-150 meters is used a decoy to grouse, followed by a pause of silence for 5-10 min. the Most important thing is to hear the birds take off. It is quite loud if a grouse flies up from the ground, and almost inaudible if he swoops off the branch.
After the withdrawal must be ready to fire, watching carefully and the surface of the earth: a bird may not fly, and come.
It is very common to use a decoy on the grouse unacceptable. This may alert the bird. One response should be a maximum of two answers. It is possible to simulate both male and female. And as you move them you can alternate. This will allow you to lure a few individuals. If a bird landed at a distance of several meters, attract no more: it will quickly reveal the false.
How to attract hazel grouse in this situation? Enough to be immobile for some time. The bird is very curious, it will still get closer to check the source of the sound. At this stage it is very important to disguise.
Waiting approach is best done in dense Bush or use a camo net. Thus, the whole process occurs in the following order:
- to move 100 m;
- use decoy on the grouse;
- wait for a response;
- if you need to reply to the response;
- hide using camouflage;
- ready to fire.
There is a perception that the use of a decoy on the grouse better standing with his back to the approaching bird with such a technique, it is not so will quickly identify the fake.
Varieties of mancow
In their origin are widely distributed both factory and artisanal production monkey for grouse.
Factory products can be:
The best option would be a metal monkey. They reproduce very good sound, audible at a distance of 250 metres have a very long life.
Along with the advantages of this decoy are inherent and significant drawbacks:
- A lot of weight. The fact that when hunting with a decoy on the grouse, hands should be free, and decoy needs effortlessly for a long time to stay in the mouth. With significant weight it is quite problematic;
- Rapid condensation. Especially important in cold frosty weather. Metal decoy requires frequent purging.
Electronic decoys are very capricious and short-lived, moreover, does not allow to quickly select the options response response. Therefore, the most widely plastic, and improvised decoys.
Experienced hunters know how to make decoys of hollow hare or capercaillie bones. But for the average man available and more simple, familiar materials. Most popular homemade models include a tin of semolina and products from the medical syringes. Decoy on the grouse tin is not inferior to the factory metal, and in some cases surpasses it in sound quality.
Whistle with your hands
Manok, quite a small thing to lose for hunting or when moving. So there is no need to buy a new one instead of lost, you can build your own basic model.
To make a simple decoy on the grouse with their hands need the following materials:
- duct tape;
From tin cans cut two rectangular billets with dimensions of 10X40 mm and 20X30 mm. the Last wrap around the first along the long side so that between them was a gap of about 1 mm. to do this, simply insert a construction line. Narrow projecting plate on one side, fix the Curling, and on the other wrap around any round object.
It can be a pencil or a thick nail. The result is a flattened rectangle with a protruding semicircular tongue. The rectangle must be carefully wrap the insulation for sealing. Now if it blow, will be characterized by a strong whistle that can be adjusted by folding or bending the reed. The design is very simple and requires no attachments. Decoy can be made directly on the hunt. At home instead of isolation you can use a soldering iron.
To implement a successful hunt using a decoy on the grouse should follow some simple rules:
- When you move from place to place, to try as much as possible to make noise: you may grouse has quietly flew up, and at the moment you might scare him off.
- On the response of birds to answer not more than two times: this is the exchange of signals between the birds in the natural environment.
- To avoid open areas and use a camouflage net.
- If the bird is actively responds, but does not go to the semolina, you should look for other grouse, as this is likely to busy eating or has a partner.