Spring! Opening soon… It’s time to choose stuffed animals
Spring goose hunting is ahead, and many hunters are beginning to actively prepare for the opening of the season. An important element of a successful hunt is the decoy stuffed animals, the number and quality of which will depend on the successful RAID on the shot. In recent years, compact ultra-light scarecrows (weighing up to 150 grams) have become very popular among hunters, which allow them to carry a pack of several dozen scarecrows on their shoulders to the hunting site and get the desired trophy.
Hunter with prey
At the exhibition” Hunting and Fishing in Russia”, the ancestor of crumpled full-volume stuffed animals in Russia, the company North way presented new products and told about the subtleties in the process of creating stuffed animals that can really deceive a bird.
Nikolai Valuev and Valery Kuzenkov
What is the secret of an effective stuffed animal for goose hunting?
1. Material of manufacture. Ultra-light stuffed animals are created from a polymer material such as XPe foam polyethylene. The physical properties of the material will affect the recovery of the shape after crumpling and the quality of the seam adhesions, since the Scarecrow consists of two halves. This material is also used for the production of well-known tourist mats and is not suitable for the production of high-quality full-volume profiles. NorthWay is the only company in Russia that uses a polymer of its own design, SuperXPE (S-XPE), created specifically for creating crumpled effigies. The SuperXPE material contains additives that improve these characteristics.
2. Paint. First, the paint must have such a basic property as excellent adhesion to the elastic polymer, otherwise it will crumble after several uses. The paint should also have a high matte finish and should not glare in the sun, otherwise the bird will simply be afraid of such a stuffed animal. There is also a special property – this is the correct glow of the paint in the ultraviolet range, since the vision of a goose, unlike a human, works exactly like this.
3. Shape and appearance. As close as possible to the anatomical shape of the goose, along with the correct coloring, can significantly increase the realism of the stuffed animal and, accordingly, increase its efficiency.
All these criteria are met by the S-XPE 3D series, which was first presented to the General public in the spring of 2017. During the year of active use, the hunters evaluated the working properties of these scarecrows. The relief drawing of the pen and the high anatomical similarity with a live bird down to the realistic legs, brought the realism of the stuffed animal to a completely new qualitative level.
Nikolai Valuev and Valery Kuzenkov left their positive feedback about Northway scarecrows, who already had the opportunity to test them on the hunt.
The series of new highly realistic stuffed animals from NorthWay is not limited to SuperXPE 3D, but also continues with the Softplast 3D series. these stuffed animals are also made using the company’s own technology, but not from a foamed polymer, but from a soft plastic, which makes them very durable. Due to the changed production technology, there is no visible seam and the detail of the effigy is increased.
The Softplast 3D series belongs to the stuffed animals of the light class. Stuffed geese weigh about 250 grams. The new product was presented at the company’s stand along with a trophy stuffed white-fronted goose, and with a visual comparison, no one had any doubts about their realism. It is worth noting that the Softplast 3D series is not limited to dummy scarecrows for installation in the field, but also has floating crumpled scarecrows.