The Effectiveness of Innovative Wildlife Harvest Tools II: Assessment of Decoy Colors and Waterfowl Hunter Success

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dc.contributor.author Anliker, Scott K.
dc.contributor.author Campillo, Luke C.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-04-20T14:05:38Z
dc.date.available 2011-04-20T14:05:38Z
dc.date.issued 2011-04-20T14:05:38Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2092/1566
dc.description Mentor: Muir D. Eaton en_US
dc.description.abstract For centuries hunters have been using waterfowl decoys in an attempt to attract more birds for harvest, yet what makes a decoy effective is relatively unstudied. More recently, new paint technology has introduced decoy colors that aim to look more like real duck feather colors due to the addition of UV-reflecting properties. This stems from research showing that birds have the ability to see UV reflectance due to a fourth type of cone cell sensitive from 300-410 nm (humans are blind to UV wavelengths, having only three cone cells, none sensitive to UV), and that duck feathers of many colors reflect UV light. We assessed the efficacy of decoys painted with ‘UV-colors’ in two ways: 1) modeling from an avian visual perspective the color differences between UV-paint colors, traditional paint colors, and real duck plumage colors, and 2) comparing hunter harvest success using UV-painted decoys and traditionally painted decoys. We found that UV-painted decoys are as visually different as traditionally painted decoys compared to real feather colors from the visual perspective of a duck. Additionally, success by hunters was similar using both types of decoys, suggesting that use of UV-painted decoys does not result in higher waterfowl harvest rates compared to use of traditionally painted decoys. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Drake University, College of Arts & Sciences en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries DUCURS 2011;26
dc.subject Wildlife en_US
dc.subject Hunting en_US
dc.subject Harvesting en_US
dc.subject Decoys (Hunting) en_US
dc.subject Waterfowl en_US
dc.title The Effectiveness of Innovative Wildlife Harvest Tools II: Assessment of Decoy Colors and Waterfowl Hunter Success en_US
dc.type Presentation en_US


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    Poster sessions and presentation from the Drake University Conference on Undergraduate Research in the Sciences held each April at Olmsted Center on the Drake campus.

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