One of the less frequently used species of duck decoys is the coot decoy. This is a bit of a surprise because they are a plentiful bird and tend to show up in a high proportion of feeding spots.
These are the types that are perfect as confidence decoys to fill out the spread and enhance it. They often mix with puddle ducks and look perfectly normal
The value of putting together a small rig of coot decoys cannot be underestimated. Just a set of a dozen coot decoys placed together in a feeding group with a jerk string attached can give the appearance of an excited group of birds that are enjoying a part of the water that is rich in food. Other ducks won't be able to stop themselves from joining in.
Coot Decoys For Sale
Listed below is a selection of coot decoys that are available from a variety of different manufacturers. They give you the opportunity to compare each brand and might also allow you to mix them together to create a unique and effective spread.
Tanglefree Pro Series Floating Coot
This is a floating decoy that looks particularly natural with a paint job that has been expertly applied. The coot is not a decoy that ducks would have encountered very often so a group of these decoys that are connected with a jerk string will give the impression of a feeding spot that is being hugely enjoyed. The decoy has a weighted keel and measures 13.5 inches from tail to bill.
Dimensions: 17.5" x 14" x 12.25" W
Weight: 10.25 lb
Pack Quantity: 6
GHG Over Size Coot Decoy
These are over-sized floating decoys with weighted keels that have been molded from carvings and they have been given a tremendous amount of detail in their finishes from intricate feather detail and natural looking poses. The paint job is particularly detailed resulting in a set of decoys that are notable for their realistic appearance. They are available in sets of 6 for only around $45.00.
Dimensions: 14" x 7"
Keel: Dura Keel
Pack Quantity: 6
Flambeau Coot Standard Water Keel
The coot decoys from Flambeau as part of the Water Wheel series can be used as part of a more extensive spread and they will help give the spread a more natural look. The decoys measure 13 inches in length and their light weight means they are easier to handle before they reach their hunting site. They are sold in a choice of either 6 or 12 packs.
Dimensions: 13" L
Pack Quantity: 6 or 12
Game Winner Carver’s Edge Series Coot
This is another decoy that has been designed and built to give a true to life appearance. The attention to detail that has gone into the feathers is impressive. The weighted keel has been created to provide multiple anchor points that will also allow a jerk string to be used and will ensure the decoy remains stable and upright. The decoys measure 12 inches in length and are 5 inches high and are available in packs of 6. They are also great value, regularly available at under $21.00.
Dimensions: 12" L x 5" H x 5" W
Weight: 0.375 lb
Pack Quantity: 6
Using Coot Decoys
It is not uncommon to see coot decoys used in large decoy spreads in open water. The aim is to create a nice big highly visible spread that contains a number of different contrasting colors.
Starting off with a cluster of larger oversized decoys is the first part of the process. This is particularly effective with 6 to 9 Canada goose floaters, 12 or more super-magnum mallards and half a dozen black ducks plus pintails. Into this mix will go a set of 24 coot decoys.
The set up would position the mallards and black ducks on either side of the blind and the Canada geese off to the side of the mallards. The coots would be positioned down the middle in a long downwind line.
This is just one of the ways that coot decoys may be deployed to take advantage of the confidence they instill in other birds.
There are a number of different puddle duck decoy species to try that will not only provide a natural looking spread but will also add diversity. It will give the ducks something different to look for which could be important for fooling the older, more wary birds.