Excerpt from British Duck Decoys of to-Day, 1918 I am anxious for my readers to quite understand that this small book is t a history of duck decoys, but only a descriptive list of those that are being worked w. The late Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey, who, I am sorry to say, has died since I started to write these tes, brought out in 1886 a volume on The History of Duck Decoys, which then, as w, leaves thing to be desired. He was quite the greatest authority on decoys and punt shooting. It was only a few weeks before his death he most kindly gave me valuable hints as to the making of a duck trap on the pond here. In his capital book he gives a list of all the kwn decoys then worked, and made out forty-seven. Since then I find several have ceased to be worked, and I have only been able, twithstanding much kind help, to find twenty-eight w being worked. I must admit I am quite at a loss to understand that anyone lucky eugh to come into a property having a decoy on it should permit it to lapse. Some owners say, Well, it does t pay ; but one would have thought that even if it did t the giving to one's friends and supplying one's house would have been a recompense for the loss of a few pounds, to say thing of the delight of seeing scores, nay, hundreds, of ducks on the water during the taking season. It is supposed there were about 200 decoys in Britain early in the nineteenth century. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.