FIELD & STREAM 2005 BEST OF THE BEST AWARDS

This year, seven of our field editors looked through the thousands of new products offered by the outdoor industry, tested hundreds of them, and finally came up with a list of the 22 best. These are Field & Stream's Best of the Best.

Field & Stream Online Editors

[BRACKET "Decoy"]
GREENHEAD GEAR FULL-BODY MALLARDS WITH REAL MOTION BASES
Making decoys that look real is difficult, and having them move like live ducks is a genuine accomplishment. Greenhead Gear succeeds on both counts with their full-body mallards. They come in both feeding and active styles that perfectly capture the plump look of grain-fattened mallards. Swiveling heads allow different poses.

The Real Motion base puts the waddle in the decoy's walk. Setup is ridiculously simple. The base consists of a ring of wire and an upright post, and a plastic cone is screwed to the underside of the duck's back. Put the ring on the ground, set the cone on the post, and you're ready to hunt. There's no pounding stakes into frozen ground or fumbling in the dark.

I set these decoys in my yard on a calm day, and even the slightest breeze seemed to breathe life into them. $90 per half dozen; 800-333-5119; greenheadgear.com -P.B.