Vroeger werden wilde eenden gevangen in een eendenkooi (Rechten: RTV Drenthe)

The duck trap: from consumption to science

The trapping installation consists of a large pond with one or more narrow trenches, which are trapping tubes. The ducks that fly above them were lured to the trick ducks, the domestic short-winged ducks that were fed daily by the manager or kooiker.


The duck decoy shown by the forester Kees van Son has a reed fence. “Actually, that reed should be higher, high enough for the person to hide behind. Behind it walked the kooiker. He entered with his kooiker dog, dog on one side and kooiker on the other, and chased the ducks. Gradually toward 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 road and the duck followed them. The ducks swam 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 in 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 Eendendenkooien Nederland (WREN) working group is engaged 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 Forster 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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