A nicely carved and painted Coot decoy by D R Koch, Wisconsin. Coot decoys are used as confidence decoys. Confidence decoys are used to create a sense of realism that gives ducks confidence in their decision to land in a decoy spread. Each confidence decoy is an added detail that helps relay the message, It's safe here.
A confidence decoy is of a species you probably don't intend to shoot, but one that might normally be found among a contented flock of waterfowl. These are normally waterbirds or wading birds, particularly those that are wary by nature such as geese, herons, coots and seagulls. The decoy has a life-like turn of the head. Some of the filler is missing where the neck connects into the body, but the head is held firmly in place. Please look at the photos to judge the condition for yourself.
If you need more information, please let me know. The decoy is stamped D R KOCH on the bottom. The decoy measures about 11¾ long x 4.
A GREAT addition to your decoy collection! Please look at my other listings. The item "Coot Wooden Duck Decoy with Turned Head by D R Koch" is in sale since Friday, October 2, 2020. This item is in the category "Sporting Goods\Hunting\Vintage Hunting\Duck Decoys".The seller is "millstone" and is located in Horseheads, New York. This item can be shipped to United States.