First Look: Avian-X HDR Strutter Decoy

posted on March 29, 2021
The Heavy Duty Realism (HDR) Strutter, from Avian-X, adds an aggressive poster to their lineup, designed specifically to fool more dominant longbeards. A modular design brings realism and flexibility to the setup, allowing for customization when using advanced tactics on mature birds. These options include two different heads to mimic two moods and dominance structures within the flock. The Flag Head (red-white-blue) represents the passive, sub-dominate longbeard, while the Snowball Head (white) represents the dominant longbeard in the flock who does most of the breeding. Hunters can change the heads in seconds in the field, depending on circumstance. 

In terms of construction, the HDR Strutter boasts a tail that is injection molded from a translucent material, for a lifelike fan. It collapses to pack into a turkey vest. The fan adjusts between a tom and jake, simply by shortening the outermost tail fan sections. Of course, for the most realistic look, the HDR Strutter does allow folks to substitute real feathers in place of the included tail. 

Next, the HDR Strutter features removeable wing primaries to reduce bulk, and create the natural wing position of a strutting tom. Another boon to portability, the decoy is 15-percent smaller than life to make bagging and transport easy. The synthetic beard is adjustable to switch between jake and tom, and a stake holds the decoy steady while allowing for natural movement. 

For more on this true-to-life decoy, check out avian-x.comMSRP: $249.99


100Th Anniversary
100Th Anniversary

Federal Ammunition 100-Year Celebration Sweepstakes Winner Announced

As part of the 100-year anniversary celebration, Federal Ammunition partnered with the NRA to hold one of the largest sweepstakes in company history.

Inaugural Virginia Elk Hunt Generates $600K+in Conservation Funding

Hunters supporting Virginia’s first-ever managed elk hunt scheduled to take place October 8-14, generated more than $606,000 to bolster wildlife and management projects within the state’s elk-management zone.

Head to Head: 6.8 Western vs. .270 Winchester

Between the .270 Winchester and the new 6.8 Western, which cartridge is the better all-around choice for the hunter? Contributor Philip Massaro examines the pros and cons of each.

First Look: Hatsan Mod 130S QE Carnivore

HatsanUSA has debuted the Mod 130S QE Carnivore—a powerful .30 caliber (7.62mm) air rifle at home both in the field and on the range.

4 Ways to Manage Buck Fever

These techniques will help you perform better when it matters most.

First Look: Templar Reagan Hunting Knife

Templar Knife has launched the Reagan field-dressing knife, just in time for the peak of deer season.


Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.