Michigan Bans Roboducks from Shiawassee River State Game Area

There are few things more contentious to waterfowlers than the issue of the motorized spinning-wing duck decoys known as "roboducks." Some love them, others hate them. Now the state of Michigan has banned them in a popular state game area.

From this story in the Chicago Tribune:
State natural resources officials have banned the use of a spinning-wing decoys this fall by hunters at Shiawassee River State Game Area. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment says it will evaluate the ban for three years with hunter surveys. The Michigan Natural Resources Commission has voted to ban the decoys known as "robo-ducks" at the request of the Shiawassee Flats Citizens and Hunters Association. The hunting group proposed the ban because the decoy's use can disrupt other hunting parties in the same field. State officials say research has found no conclusive biological effects from their use.

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