Peter Theobald
The biggest problem we decoyers have when setting up on rape is to ensure our pattern can be seen clearly by passing woodies.

If the crop is really tall, this will mean elevating the decoys above it, or maybe slightly changing their colour, so that they stand out from the dark leaves.

Long-stemmed cradles to get decoys off the ground along with a lighter paint job will help achieve this.

These days, however, most people employ a battery-powered machine of some kind, either a rotary or a flapper, to create that all-important movement to draw birds within range of the gun.

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