Dakota Decoys in motion. Click on pic, video will start.
X-Treme Honker Review and Points - Side View
This is a side view of the active decoy and this picture shows the feather texture of the decoy carving and the paint. The decoy has no shine to it at all. Even the flash of a camera could not make any detectable flash on the decoy at all! The paint is very realistic and looks good from far off. The feather texture is actually physically there and high-lighted also with changes in paint color.
We like to refer to this as the "Bird's eye" view. This is how the geese are going to view the decoy. The feather detail can easily be seen and looks great. We sat the decoy 20' off the road in a rural area and people were stopping thinking it was a real lone goose just standing beside the road.
Here is a close up of the head for the decoy and the black flocking is very thick and plush. We performed a very hard finger nail test on the flocking on the neck and ALL of the flocking stayed on the decoy and no signs of wear on the flocking at all. We were very impressed with how tough the flocking is.
Here is a close up of the head and the socket for it to screw into, or lock into. The locking cams can be seen on the head on the top right and bottom left of the head base. The head went on easily and stayed on the decoy while it was carried around in the field and in the back of the truck. There were no problems observed at all with keeping it on, put it in, taking it off or having them fall off. The head lock worked perfectly without being too tight or too loose. It worked just about perfect.
OK, now for the part everyone wants to know about. The Motion Bases or Wind Walker as Dakota Decoys calls them! The support base is made from 1/4" round stock and it welded together. The main base is one piece of stock formed into a circle. An upright arm to support the decoy is welded to where the circle joins to make one really strong base! The support arm continues parallel to the ground to the center of the base and bends 90 degrees up to support the decoy.
The picture above shows the base in the open and limited motion range free to move back and forth in a limited area in the wind.
This picture above shows the motion base in the locked position. In this position you can force the decoys you want to be still to stay still, or lock them so they will not swivel while transporting them. By twisting the bungee 180 degrees you tighten it enough to pull the locking arm up into the locking slot. This view shows where the circle base and the upright decoy support are welded together on the right side of the picture.
As you can see in this picture the decoy base is just over 12" wide and this makes the decoy very stable. We were actually taking the bottom of our foot and pushing the decoy from the side to see if it would fall over and it kept sliding to the side. These decoys are very, very stable!