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When Should I Put My Heron Decoy Out? | Ponds & Lakes Q&A


When Should I Put My Heron Decoy Out?

When Should I Put My Heron Decoy Out?

Michael – Brenham, TX

Pond owners everywhere use Heron Decoys to protect their fish from becoming a quick meal. While using heron decoys can be a very useful tool for keeping herons at bay, knowing when to actually place them pond-side makes the difference between deterring a predator and attracting unwanted attention.

In the northern hemisphere the heron mating season generally lasts from April to May but can sometimes extend into early June. If used too early, your decoy will actually attract a heron or two as they will be searching for potential mates. Use your decoy at the end of the mating season to give herons the impression that your pond is already claimed. Since herons are territorial they will try to find a pond of their own and move on.

Placement is also important to consider when using the decoy. Herons are smart and patient animals and may investigate your decoy if they find it suspicious. For best results place your decoy at the edge of the pond and move it daily. Make sure the decoy is standing upright and not in any unnatural poses.

3 Responses

  1. We had huge koi taken in Aug. with and without decoy in different years. The only thing we have found that had worked and we went back to it this year is wire or fish line at a height of 18″ around pond.

  2. I leave my decoy out all year long. I have not had a problem with the local heron clan since I got it 3 years ago. I also use the “red neck” decoys for the smaller pond. We have 2 flamingos in our local football team colors. They are working also! Go Seahawks!

  3. Sorry, the Decoys do not work, save you money!

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