The Indigenous peoples of North America used natural materials to conjure up bird and animal decoys for hunting. Shortly after their arrival, colonists began to emulate this strategy.
The decoy ducks were used from the 1850s to the early-20th century. The decoys were comprised of painted wooden, depicting duck, shorebird, and goose among the bird hunters.
With advances in decoy technology, these wooden birds are no longer used by hunters. The decoys are now highly collectible, with auction houses branding them as fantastic folk art.