Picking up birds and decoys in mucky, thick cover can be a real pain for both you and your dog. This article is a quick guide to creating a cheap and effective bird and decoy retriever from a golf-ball retriever.

A telescoping golf-ball retriever, like those used by golfers to retrieve balls from water hazards, can be modified to pick up decoys and retrieve ducks from thick cover.

Remove the ball-retrieving end and replace it with a hook. Your dog won’t have to retrieve birds in nasty cover, and you can keep your hands dry on cold mornings.

The telescopic retriever folds to a compact size and can be carried in a decoy bag.

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