In our area of Southern Illinois in January it can get very cold. January of 2008 was
no exception. Temperatures had dipped below 0 and stayed there for a few days.
All of our water holes were frozen and the river had developed some large chunks
floating down the river. The property that I hunt is right along side of the Ohio
River which cannot be hunted in this area. Since the river was not froze and
everything else around was guess where the ducks were located. So, as most crazy
duck hunters we were not willing to throw in the towel at this point. There were
the dry corn fields that the ducks were using along the river. They would come
out after the temperatures warmed up a bit and feed a couple times a day. So we
would get out there and set up hoping to kill a few before we gave up the season.
As usual the ducks would come out a few at a time and build into large groups
before landing in the fields to feed.  So we set out our field ducks and some geese
to help cover up. We could regularly get the few crazy ones just to dive straight
into the hole. As the day would progress and more and more would come off the
river it got harder and harder to even get the crazies. We tried more decoys, we
tried less, we tried mojo’s, we tried mojo’s on a stick, we tried no mojo’s, we
could still manage some but not what I wanted. There was no reason with all the
ducks in the area we could not get more to finish. So I sat watching as bunch after
bunch would look, a couple come in but the rest would go to the middle of the big
field where some were feeding. As duck hunters do we study our stuff to find the
excuse. Couldn’t really find anything wrong other than our ducks were  of course
decoys and those were not. As I was watching I saw that one of the biggest
differences was that those greedy little boogers must have been starving to death
as they leapfrog, jump or hop to get to a kernel of corn before the other one. So I
started trying to figure out how to get that mojo off the ground and looking like it
was jumping. After season was over this became a goal for me to accomplish. I am
sure I spent thousands of dollars and have a garage full to prove it before I came
up with “The Closer” (patent pending) as it exists now. I went from threading a
solid steel piston to a steel tube, then to carbon fiber. We can make one decoy or
the whole flock jump in a field or in the water just depending on how you hunt or
where. This season we have started making some geese to add and floating units
for The Closer. I guarantee that if I make it , I have hunted over it and have seen
positive results from it’s use. Thankfully we still have not found that device that is 100 percent effective and I hope we don’t. But that probably wont stop us from trying to improve the sport of waterfowl hunting we all love..

Dennis hughes

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