In my short experiences in the field and water this year their effectiveness has dropped like a rock. I highly agree a remote is the way to go, and if you're using them in the field keep them as low as possible to the ground (geese won't flare as easy).
I think they're still effective enough to warrant buying one but they're definitely not the 'duck magnet' they were a couple seasons ago. Make sure you paint the wings drab if you get one that's shiny. We had a guy set up 200 yds away from us that first week of October who had his out and when the sun started shining it looked like he had a spinning mirror. If you're hunting over water try to put them in a shaded spot if possible.
I got to agree.They are still affective. This weekend we set up and were pulling ducks from way up in the stratosphere. we got our limit in 2 hours. The weekend before we didn't bring one and we got our limit of Canadians but only 5 mallards. They still work. It's all about your presentation. My family runs 2 or 3 a ta time. They all have remotes and the wings are toned down on the back a little.
They are still worth the money, and just as affective.
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