We received the following comments from a customer in Missouri. Comments like these, especially from a fellow Service member, are truly special. Thanks Andy!
On decoys, I think most every snow goose hunter has eventually arrived at the conclusion a sock is a sock is a sock. When I was approached by Anser; beyond the notion of a QUALITY decoy 100% made in America, I was skeptical about there truly being anything “revolutionary” about another sock decoy. It is important to note here I was encouraged by the owners to give the decoys intentional and rigorous abuse and provide them with brutally honest feedback. I took that with a grain of salt and had no idea how blown away I was about to be.
My satisfaction and amazement with the decoys began with the assembly of my first dozen. Is there a better choice for blend factor of a stake in any cut agricultural field or pasture than tan fiberglass? The short answer is no. Handle assembly was simple and easy; so simple I was sure I could break a few before I even had decoys put together. Try as I may, pulling, yanking, and trying to tap the T-handles back off the stakes with the mallet I’d put them on with, they didn’t budge. As the season went on I lost zero handles, I had zero decoys pull apart. I’ve never had a season since 1999 that I didn’t bend, break, or tear something at the point of attachment for body and stake. The detail of the bags is apparent in pictures, but to see them up close and personal was truly a thing to behold. The ultra flat paint is just that, it lets off no glare and I can assure you the geese agreed the appearance was to die for. Also noteworthy is the fact that absolutely none of the bags were torn/ blown out from high winds. That is in large part due to the shape and contoured edges of the backbones which are literally a snap to put on the stakes. As simple as the rubber tubing may be to hold that and the bag up (even during some ridiculously harsh driving winds and snow I found out), it has enough give to prevent decoy loss to breakage in the event collisions with birds, eager dogs, and clumsy hunters. “No crush” collars certainly has the ring of a gimmick, but again the proof was in the pudding. I travel light and pack as tight as any and despite being crammed tighter than I would’ve ever considered packing other brands, even on low wind days, the collars assume their intended shape as soon as they’re pulled free from the bunch. That doesn’t mean generally round, or round in the academic sense. That means a perfect 360 degrees which means you don’t have a spread of shriveled ass on low and no wind days.
Sidekicks are truly a game changer. They give dimension to a spread that was previously unattainable without full bodies. I’ve never seen a flock of live geese all facing the exact same way, I don’t expect many (the least of which, flocks that we try to decoy) have either. Imagine a decoy with inlet placement that allows it to sit perpendicular to the direction of the wind and add a feeder head with amazing detail. Now imagine what several dozen of those mixed in with your standard headed or headless decoys would do for realism.
Bottom line, this is a bad ass, tough, great looking line of decoys at a more than fair price and they’re made in America. That’s a pretty simple equation if you ask me.
Andy Domsch, Peculiar, MO
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The video link below is some raw footage. What you will see in the picture above and video is the added dimension that our SideKick Decoy™ wind socks in a spread of standard body snow goose decoys. The video was shot in sustained 10 – 12 MPH winds with some gusts over 20. The view was from primarily straight downwind looking upwind. As you will see in the video, the SideKick Decoys™ are riding perpendicular to the wind direction. Most of them are in the center of the screen. Realism counts these days and the addition of the SideKick Decoy™ into the rig gives that that added dimension to the spread to ramp up the realistic look of birds feeding contently in all directions – some facing right and some facing left. Our SideKick Decoys™ are packaged with 6 right and 6 left facing per dozen. Check out the video and see for yourself how SideKick Decoy™ from The ANSER Decoy Company can bring more realism to your field.