FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why choose The Anser Decoy?

The Anser Decoy line of products are chock full of features that make the decoys hunter friendly and very appealing to the geese.  See our list of features to see the quality and reliability built into the decoys.  Also, the products are made right here in the USA.

Are your products really made in the USA?

  All Anser Decoy Company products are 100% made in the USA and are NAFTA certified.  All but four of the decoy components are made in Pennsylvania.  The other four components are manufactured in Ohio, Indiana and New Jersey.

What is the Heroes Discount?

The Anser Decoy Company is a staunch supporter of those who serve this country, risk their own well being, and lay it all on the line everyday.  As a way to say Thank You to these heros, we offer a 5% discount off retail pricing to all currently serving military personnel (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Reserve, or National Guard), Police, Firefighter, or Emergency Services Personnel as well as retirees from those services.  E-mail or fax a scanned copy of your ID and phone number to operations@theanserdecoy.com or 814-479-8740 to receive a coupon code.

Is the SideKick Decoy® patented?

The actual idea of the sideways decoy and windsock is patent-pending  All filing was completed in 2013 and 2014.  Because the patent process is so lengthy, the concept itself is considered patent-pending.  This means that any other sideways facing decoy is subject to patent infringement laws.

Why tan stakes?

 We feel that tan blends in with most ground conditions better than other colors.

What are the various components made of?

Internal back supports, side supports and T handles are made of polypropylene.  The heads are made of ABS plastic and the stakes are fiberglass.  The bodies are made of Dupont Tyvek.  Hardware is brass or zinc coated steel.

How does the SideKick Decoy® work?

The decoy’s internal components consist of the side and back support.  By adjusting the pivot point of the side support with the back support, the decoy can be set to ride 90° to the wind or at angles nearing 45°.

Why do Anser Decoys cost more than most other windsock decoys?

In many cases, they don’t.  That said, other windsocks on the market are by and large made in China.  It simply costs less to produce them.  As such, manufactures often give larger discounts to wholesale and large order purchases than we can afford.  Anser Decoys are 100% made in the USA down to the smallest components.  Although our decoys cost a little more, we feel the commitment to quality American production far outweigh the difference in retail price in the long run.  A second reason is that we put a little extra into our product to make them user friendly and goose appealing.  Things like the tubing in the crush proof collar cost nearly 10 times more than the plastic banding that the others have, but you NEVER have to mess with the collars to keep them open.  Tan stakes cost 8% more than black ones.  The UV inhibitor to keep the heads from yellowing adds roughly 6% more to production costs.  In the long run the up-front costs pay dividends down the road as our products function better and last longer than the competition.

Why doesn’t the SideKick Decoy™ spin in the wind?

The decoy basically has a keel effect by use of the side support and keeps the decoy on the downwind side of the stake when the wind blows.  Equal amounts of surface area to the front and rear of the stake keep it in that position.

How do you keep your decoys from getting the ‘death thrash’ in high winds like many of your competitors?

 First, the design of our back support contributes to how the back fills with wind and allows the decoy to move naturally in winds up to and exceeding 40mph.  Second, the opening of the sock is larger than most other decoys and has a crush proof collar that allows the decoys to fill evenly.

How long with the decoys last until needing replaced?

With normal use, all plastic parts should last a lifetime.  The longevity of the Tyvek bodies depends on many factors but should last many seasons if cared for properly.  In reality, the bodies are the only parts that will need replaced over time due to tearing from rubbing on vegetation in the field.