Brian Wolslegel, president of Custom Robotic Wildlife, with one of his company's decoy deer.
...Brian Wolslegel, president of Custom Robotic Wildlife in Mosinee, Wis., is familiar with Owens.
is quick to tell me that while a deer that size would be a trophy deer in Mosinee, in Canada a buck would have to be over 200 pounds to be considered a trophy.
Underneath the extra-large standing whitetail deer in Wolslegel's catalogue is another deer decoy named Stomper.It comes complete with robotic stomping leg, tail and head, and costs US$1,500, plus packing and shipping.Bears, turkeys, foxes, elk, moose and mountain lions are also for sale.
"The frame for the decoys is made out of polyurethane and foam," explains Wolslegel
, "almost like an insulation Styrofoam.And the eyes [of the deer decoys] have reflective paint on them to make them glow in the dark.But there are other things we make, like road eyes."
"The conservation officer or warden places the road eyes on a corner or curve or near some type of road sign," explains Wolslegel
, "and when the shutter is opened and the car lights hit it, it looks like a pair of eyes."
Then when the driver pulls up to the sign or the place where the road eyes are, the shutter can be shut so the driver can't see the eyes, but the deer decoy will be placed 20 yards away, giving the impression that the deer moved from where the driver first saw it.
Snug inside the neck of the deer decoys are motors that make the head, leg and tail move.They are the same motors used in children's toy airplanes and cars, and can be operated by remote control from up to half a mile away.The motors run on AA batteries, usually a dozen.
"But sometimes we run into problems in Canada," says Wolslegel
."Because of the cold temperatures the batteries will freeze up, so we have to use a bigger battery pack or a lantern battery."Wolslegel
been making his
decoys for the last 10 years.One of the only suppliers in the world, he
says business is booming, and not just in Canada and the United States.He's
had calls from Argentina to see if he
can make red deer decoys, and from South Africa for gazelle decoys.