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    Necessity being the mother of invention ... can you figure out what we've done here?

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    I assume that you need to keep the water free of ice for landing ducks!

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    Looks to me that you are putting some motion in your decoys with a trolling motor on a frame, like a homeade mallard machine, and possibly keeping a spot in the pond open at the same time in case it ices up?
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    Bingo!

    MinnKota Endura 50 Lb thrust trolling motor suspended on a 2" X 8" board, U-clamped to a pair of 6foot T-posts driven into the bottom. Water is 35" deep at the point. A pair of 30 ft 4 gauge leads run back to Carol's blind where we have a deep cycle 12 volt marine battery that will run the trolling motor for 8 plus hours at a 3 out of 5 forward speed setting. Actually have 2 batteries and will be charging one at home while using the other. Our hunts are rarely more than 2-1/2 hours so we should get three hunts from a charge.

    The shaft is tilted up about 12 degrees from vertical and the prop is about 5" below the surface. Suspended the cable above water all the way to the blind by adding an additional T-post every 8 feet and hung the cable 30" or so above the surface. Attached dead willow branches to each to disguise them. Kinda looks like an old fence line running into the water from shore.

    I was worried about a dawg getting too close to that spinning prop so I made 3'X4' cage, 36" deep, out of a piece of cattle panel and wired that to the posts around the shaft and prop so a paw or other body part can't accidentaly get in there. The top was then covered with a piece of 1" X 2" mesh hinged on one side for access if I need to get into it for breaking ice later. Top was then covered with reeds and a few dead branches.

    We anticipate 6-7 iced over days the second half of season as we had last year. Open moving water is a MAGNET for ducks as you know. Until we do get ice, the set-up acts like a huge "mallard machine" and really bounces the dekes in the wash stream for 25 yards or more. Best part is it cost ZERO ... had the motor and used existing other stuff from around the barn.

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    Sweet! We used to crack on the irrigation pump when it was going to freeze to keep a little current running.
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    The nice thing about the trolling motor is that it is virtually SILENT and can be turned on/off from inside the blind. The bad thing is that the speed can't be adjusted without putting waders on.

    Maybe there's a rheostat available that could do that? Hmmm...

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    Jim, Project for next year.

    Disassemble the head of the trolling motor.
    You should be able to remove the control module, and then run the required 2-3 wires back to the blind with the battery cables.
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