Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Decoy

If there is one thing about geocaching that I hate.... It's a decoy! It seems like I run into them more and more. In my opinion the whole putting out a decoy idea, is going a little overboard. It's a practical joke with no payoff. It's not like you can be there to see the person check to spot and laugh at them. There is no "Gotcha" moment - so why bother. Besides, It's more disruption to nature than needed in placing a cache.

Maybe I'm just bitter because I fall for them... But I won't stop hating them! :-)

Here are two decoys at one cache that I recently found....

Decoy

Decoy

What's your opinion?

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13 comments:

  1. I don't mind the decoy URP but to have an entire separate container is kind of annoying.

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  2. I can't recall that we've ever come across one here in New Zealand.
    Frankly I think it would p--s me off!! I'm not soooo into the actual 'hunting' part of caching, so finding something that wasn't the cache, and then having to look all over again would really annoy me.
    And if it leads to the environment being more damaged, I'm really not keen on it.

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  3. HAHAHA That's hilarious. Never seen that before, but I love it :)

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  4. I'm working on a find that is CALLED Decoy. I have found TWO seperate "decoy" caches and still have not found the actually cache yet....

    ARRRGGGHHH!!!

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  5. I've come across one of these and found that all it did was annoy me. I'm not sure what pleasure it could possibly bring to the cache owner, but I'm certainly not a fan.

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  6. I am not a fan of these. Sometimes they can be funny if they are done right. There is one in my area that is really cool but all other ones I have seen suck.

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  7. We have run in to them a few times.
    We are annoyed at the time, but later we think it is rather funny and clever.
    Our latest cache has a decoy (A very cute ducky decoy... get it, a duck decoy...never mind.)
    Anyway, we describe the size and shape of the container in our cache description. The decoy is within 6' of the real cache and is not the right size or shape. If you open it up, you find some cute artwork from Chef Ducky.

    Oh, and no extra destruction or disruption of the natural world with our decoys.

    We like 'em and we plan on doing more of them.

    Someone accused us of making a puzzle cache because of the decoy. Not true. Not true at all. WE HATE PUZZLE CACHES. Decoys, done right, are not puzzles. Frustrating, like puzzles, but not puzzles.

    Anyway, you asked.

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  8. There aren't many of these around our caching areas. I don't really mind one or two decoys. I am less a fan of the hundred or so film canisters in a big jug with only one film canister holding the log. It was cute the first time, but got annoying after that. If I find the container, I want to sign the cache and move on.

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  9. The whole decoy thing is just stupid! It serves no purpose and it just angers me on an otherwise nice cache. I found a decoy cache that looked like the real deal but when you opened it a spring loaded gadget jumped out and basically called you an idiot. Not my idea of a nice cache and I sounded off in the log only get a pissy email from the CO. I made it a point to go through my query and delete all of his hides. Then at a recent 10 year event I met him personally and he seemed like a real nice guy. I asked him why he would set up such an insulting cache and he was all apologetic (I think he thought I was going to punch him out, which I wasn't). He sent me an email last Saturday and archived the cache saying that he didn't realize he was getting that type of reaction. I thought "hey, maybe he is an alright guy?" then I read through the logs and saw a few finds after mine, a guy smashed the damn thing. Oh well! Serves him right.
    I agree with you, I hate them!

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  10. I am also not a fan of decoys. It's annoying when they're put out by the cache owner, but even worse is when other people put them out. What is the point of that?

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  11. I would hate it too. Remove the decoys or replace them with an actual cache.

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  12. OK, you heard the ugly, now here is the nice.
    Once there was a multi cache whose first part was a 4.5 difficulty. The cache page went on to say what a nice walk it was down river to the final. Knowing the area pretty well I knew that the path came to an end at an inlet. I posted two DNF's and pleaded with the CO for a hint but she just told me to keep looking in the “area” that I was and apparently in the right place for the stage to get the coords to the final. Well on my third (and what I was determined to be my final) visit, I searched for an hour! Nothing! Then I thought "I'll just tune in the old geosenses, take a walk down river and find that puppy”. Not far into the hike I saw an unnatural pile of rocks under an overhang. I knew it was there and saw the container in the back. I was about to do the "booty dance" when I realized that in this pill bottle was a clue to the first stage. I wrote it down, put everything back and kept on my way down river a littled puzzled because I didn’t remember other stages on the cache page. "There, under that log, I see it!" This was the final for sure! An ammo can and all! I opened it up and there had to be 50 film containers in there each with laminated piece of paper that had a title and coords such as (The Philadelphia Zoo and it's coords). Well, it's a good thing I had a lot of time and opened every one because two of them had additional clues to stage one. Now remember, these were not stages, they were decoys and the CO led you to them by saying all of the stuff in the cache page about the final down river. I did find stage one thanks to these clues from the decoys and found the final as well. All in all, this was a fun but very frustrating cache. No wonder it was named "A Real Pain In The Cache". Since, the CO has changed it up and made it easier because not many folks fell for the decoys like me. But, I still hate them!

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  13. I've never found a decoy cache, but I think the first time, I'd think it was fun, I do enjoy the hunt and prefer tricky finds to easy ones.

    After 3 or 4 of them though, the novelty would soon wear off, I'm sure

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