What is the Best Motion Dove Decoy in 2021?

We tried them, scored them, and this is how they stack up. Gear Team | August 15, 2021

Voodoo Dove Decoy

  • MOJO Outdoors
  • 90 Day Mfg Defect
  • Spinner
  • Single Speed
  • 16 Hours
  • 4 AA
  • On/Off Switch
  • 3 Piece 36"
  • 29.99
Pros
  • Durable
  • Effective
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Cons
  • Vibrates
  • Chunky
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Lucky Dove HD Decoy

  • Lucky Duck
  • 1 Year Mfg Defect
  • Spinner
  • Single Speed
  • 12+ Hours
  • 4 AA
  • On/Off Switch
  • 3 Piece 44"
  • 29.99
Pros
  • Semi-Realistic
  • Doesn't Vibrate
  • Nice Stand
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Cons
  • Not So Durable
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Rapid Flyer Dove Decoy

  • Lucky Duck
  • 1 Year Mfg Defect
  • Flapping
  • Intermittent/Random
  • 10 Hours
  • 3 AAA
  • On/Off Switch
  • 7" to 12", Clip
  • 29.99
Pros
  • Realistic Action
  • Effectove Up-Close
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Cons
  • Not So Durable
  • Small Effective Range
  • Stupid Stand
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So how did each dove decoy do?

In the world of motion dove decoys, there are only a couple of good options, and while most are spinners, there is at least one that is a little bit unique. We decided to test and review the 2 most well-known spinning wing decoys, the MOJO Outdoors Voodoo Dove Decoy and the Lucky Duck Lucky Dove HD Decoy, as well as the unique flapping wing motion decoy, the Lucky Duck Rapid Flyer Dove Decoy. We put them to the test in the field and chose the best one for the 2021 dove season.

The MOJO Outdoors Voodoo Dove Decoy outscored the competition and was our gear review team’s top pick. It was effective in the field, has a good flicker, is built well, includes a decent 36 inch stand, and the battery life was the best.

It certainly isn’t perfect though. The Voodoo Dove Decoy vibrates quite a bit, making it pretty unnatural looking up close. The stand, while sturdy, has an open-top that the Voodoo Decoy presses into. It’s stupidly simple, but after vibrating for a few hours, it can work itself in pretty tight and stick when you are trying to break down your spread. We also think a few more inches of height to the stand would be better.

All in all, even with a couple of shortcomings, the Voodoo should be your go-to motion dove decoy if you are only going to own one.

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The Lucky Duck Lucky Dove HD came up just short of being our top pick. The Lucky Dove was effective in our field tests, and uses the same type of bungee mounting system Lucky Duck uses on their motion waterfowl decoys, which we like. The actual decoy carving is fairly realistic, compared to others. The spinning motion is very smooth and doesn’t vibrate like the MOJO Voodoo. Lastly, the stand is nice and tall at 44 inches.

Where the Lucky Dove HD came up short was in quality. The build quality didn’t give us confidence that it would last a whole lot of dove seasons without some babying. While certainly not as fragile as the flapping wing Rapid Flyer, it isn’t built like a tank either. If your local sporting goods store only has the Lucky Dove HD on its shelves, you’ll be just fine, but we prefer the Mojo for it’s durability.

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The build quality of the Lucky Duck Rapid Flyer Dove Decoy could be better. While the Rapid Flyer’s flapping motion is interesting and realistic, if you were going to own only one decoy, this one isn’t it. The Rapid Flyer does have a natural look that draws doves onto the ground, nearby tree, or a fence when they are already close, but it doesn’t produce the strong flash that draws in doves at a distance.

While we bought one for our field tests, we would not suggest it over either the Mojo Outdoors Voodoo Dove or the Lucky Duck Lucky Dove. We do however suggest it, if you already have a spinner, or are in an area already saturated with doves and pigeons.

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Final Thoughts

If you are looking at spinners, then you’ll split hairs choosing between the Mojo Outdoors Voodoo Dove Decoy and the Lucky Duck Lucky Dove HD Decoy. The choice comes down to preference. With the Voodoo you get a slightly more solid construction and an oversized decoy body, but it vibrates during operation, and you may wish it had a taller stand. The Lucky Dove HD gives you vibration-free operation and a slightly more natural-looking decoy. However, the build quality may leave you a little underwhelmed. There really are no losers on our list. The Rapid Flyer, while not great at attracting doves from afar, does a good job enticing them into a decoy spread when they are nearby. It was our last choice if you were to only use one motion decoy, where a spinner is favorable. However, situationally the Rapid Flyer is a very effective tool, and if you are deploying it on an old dairy, or other place with lots of nearby doves and pigeons, it's the perfect tool.