Sitting in a duck blind gives hunters a lot of time to be inventive, especially if the birds are landing somewhere else writes The Omaha World Herald.
Camouflage-clad Mark Andersen was hunting ducks and Canada geese near Pierre, S.D. He was freezing. Shooting was slow. He stood to peer out of the blind.
â€œI looked over and saw a bunch of ducks pouring into a field and I said, â€˜Whatâ€™s going on over there?â€™â€™â€™ Andersen said. â€œWell, a farmer had spilled a big pile of corn, and the ducks were just pouring on top of it to feed.â€™â€™
Andersen was inspired. Ducks and geese eat corn. Why not lure birds with waterfowl and corn decoys? Not using artificial ears of corn, but something that resembles a small pile of spilled corn kernels.
After nearly three years of designing and testing, Andersenâ€™s patented and trademarked invention is for sale in 13 stores in six states and online.
He calls it â€œCornouflage.â€™â€™
Cornouflage is a circular piece of non-ultraviolet fabric (birds can see ultraviolet light) printed with a photograph of field corn. The diameter is about 25 inches, but it twists and folds into a circle less than half that size for stuffing into a day pack. A plastic-coated steel cable is sewn into the rim of the cloth to give it stability.
Setting Cornouflage over a few dirt clods or pieces of corn stubble elevates the center of the cloth, giving it the appearance of spilled grain.
Photo by CORNouflage.