Over the course of the next few weeks and months we will be rolling out some new updated looks to Heads Up Decoy. When we initially designed them way back before 2010, we honesty had know idea how effective and fun they would be to use. Being the first to design and market a partial body decoy way back when was a challenge because our design was met with some skepticism. There was no way something like our design could work. Well, over the years we pretty much diffused that and have been pioneers in the bow hunting and decoys world.
Our initial designs are highly effective, but over the years we felt there could be some minor improvements. With all updated design changes, we adjusted how the handle supports the decoy. We made it more vertical so it is easier to hold. The weight of the decoy is more perpendicular with ground so there is not nearly the amount of strain on the person holding the decoy. This also creates a better balance when the decoy is on our bow. Having the handle angle adjusted also makes it easier for the clamp to support the decoy upright. Additionally, we lengthened the handle to better cover the upper bow limb when the decoy is in the bow mount.
We made some added shape changes to the decoys as well. The change is shape allows for the decoy to be more vertical in the bow mount and gives the hunter a better view of what is going on in front of them.
For our antlered decoys, we added velcro strapping to wrap around the antlers. We did it to help secure them and for customers to keep from loosing them or dropping off the decoy. Making this change, we also found by securing the antlers with the straps, it stabilized the entire decoy.
When hunting, there are always risks of an accident, although very low, but throw in holding a large whitetail buck decoy in your hand or attaching it to your bow adds additional risks. So, we have added high viz blaze orange velcro straps. The Heads Up buck decoys will all come with grey and blaze orange. You, the hunter, can decide which to use.
We have also made our Antlers for our Whitetail Buck and Mule Deer Buck decoys more realistic. The previous models were hand drawn. Now, the antler shapes come directly from a whitetail buck and a mule deer buck...we think adding more realism.
With the shape changes, the frame will need to be conditioned to follow the shape of the decoys. The frame of the decoys are very tough and resilient. The semi rigid tubing can be flexed and shaped to conform to the shape of the decoy. You will need to do this right out of the box. We have a video and will link it to the blog.
Otherwise the Heads Up Decoy is essentially the same. We have not changed our style of hunting, but we hope we have made some minor improvements that will continue to validate Heads Up Decoy as the pioneers of aggressive bow hunting.
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