The duck trap: from consumption to science

The installation of trapping consists of a large pond with one or more narrow trenches, traps. Flying ducks were lured to trick ducks, the domestic short-winged duck that the manager or kooiker fed daily.


The duck decoy shown by the forester Kees van Son has a reed fence. “Actually, that reed should have been higher, high enough for the person to hide behind. Behind it walked the kooiker. He entered with the kooiker dog, the dog on one side and the kooiker on the other side, and chased the ducks. Gradually towards the fishing pipe there,” explains Van Son .


“In the trap, he had put food and some grain. He always had the tamed ducks with him, they walked down the path and the duck followed them. The ducks would swim in it, to the hole at the end, which the trap left behind,” said the forester. The kooiker used a rope to take down a hatch that trapped the ducks. “Then they literally got stuck and out. Hence the proverb.”


There are still about one hundred and twenty duck decoys in our country. They are usually found in a nature reserve. Ducks caught there will be given a ring so that scientists can count how many animals live in a particular area. The Ringwerk Eendendenkoien Nederland (WREN) working group is involved in research related to, among other things, shows, orchards, and blues.

In ROEG! You’ll see a boat ride through Drentsche Aa next Saturday, as Forester Kiss comes across this duck decoy, among other things. Saturday January 8th, from 17.11pm on Drenthe TV or watch later back online.

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