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Old 11-07-2018, 03:40 PM   #1
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In a conversation with a guy here at work about using deer decoys to help get deer to come in.
I am in the boat with those that believe, while there may be some merit to it, it is mostly a gimmick perpetuated by these TV hunting schmucks that are only saying what their sponsors want you to hear.
What about you greenscreen fellas and fellettesÖ.do y'all use them with any success? Or would this guy just be wasting his money like I am trying to convince him. Or am I wrong
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Old 11-07-2018, 03:46 PM   #2
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Makes sense that they would work, but I've never seen a need for one in Central Texas where I hunt. Does seem to be pretty plentiful, and it's hard to beat a live decoy, especially during the rut.
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Old 11-07-2018, 03:49 PM   #3
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I have never used one but I say every year that I am going to try it. Not so much that I expect them to come running in but I would use it in hopes to get bucks crossing a ROW to stop long enough to check it out instead of walking straight across like they so often do.
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Old 11-07-2018, 03:50 PM   #4
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I've had luck with buck/doe combo in West Tx. Scent drag to the stand and put estrous scent on the doe. I was gun hunting and set back about 75 yds. In a wknd of hunts I had 4 different bucks come in a 1 was what I considered a shooter at the time. He was an 11pt and scored 126".

Since then I have tried single doe in East Tx and only had young bucks interested. Set up buck decoy and have zero interest so far. I am a believer and a lot has to do with timing.

Buck/doe setup is best in my opinion.
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Old 11-07-2018, 03:52 PM   #5
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I have had luck with a doe decoy im going to try it again this weekend and i will report back
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Old 11-07-2018, 03:52 PM   #6
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I've had luck with the decoy on some days. On others, they steered completely away from it. I guess it's timing on their behavior.

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Old 11-07-2018, 03:55 PM   #7
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I've used them for several years now. They are great! I have both buck and doe. Killed my very first bow buck over a buck decoy. My son took a nice buck 2-3 years ago over a doe decoy and last year got a video of a small 8 mounting one of the doe decoys. We will start using them this weekend. We have a double bull set up under a huge oak tree sitting in an 8 acre food plot. The decoys can be seen from 200 yards in every direction. I think they are one of the best tools a bowhunter has.
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Old 11-07-2018, 03:55 PM   #8
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When we had our place out west, I had a set that I was never skunked on a sit and did not see a single deer... except ONCE in probably 20 years... was the only time I had a doe decoy out... Ain't happened since...
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Old 11-07-2018, 04:04 PM   #9
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We have two stands on our place that are within 100 yds of fence line to next property. We put a doe decoy up closer to feeder cause we've had buck come to fenceline a number of times and look around but not jump over. They don't always come for a decoy but I've seen it work a number of times. I've had the decoy scare away other doe and smaller bucks too though. If rut is on, it's worth it IMO.
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Old 11-07-2018, 04:05 PM   #10
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Going to try and post the video I mentioned earlier. Hope it works.
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Old 11-07-2018, 04:25 PM   #11
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I’ve always wanted to try it in missouri, but scared a road hunter might shoot it. Lol
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Old 11-07-2018, 04:26 PM   #12
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They work great in open country!
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Old 11-07-2018, 04:27 PM   #13
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Awesome video! LOL
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Old 11-07-2018, 04:29 PM   #14
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Going to try and post the video I mentioned earlier. Hope it works.

cool video. Thanks for sharing
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Old 11-07-2018, 04:35 PM   #15
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I donít think they are a gimmick at all. Iíve used it this past week and brought in bucks. Only problem is it seems to bring in 2-3 year old bucks more than mature bucks. They are a lot of fun to hunt over.




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Old 11-07-2018, 08:09 PM   #16
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I use one and have for over ten years now , they work ! have killed some nice bucks with mine. they also will make the does courious and come in to check it out also .
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Old 11-07-2018, 08:34 PM   #17
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I use one and have for over ten years now , they work ! have killed some nice bucks with mine. they also will make the does courious and come in to check it out also .






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Old 11-07-2018, 08:37 PM   #18
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I have had GREAT success in Kansas using a GlenDel Target without the antlers on it in an open field. I have watched bucks come in, get the wind in their favor and walk right to it. I always set it at about 25 yards quartered away, spray it down with scent killer and some EverCalm and a little estrous. On the other hand I have NOT have much success using one in the timber, only in open/CRP fields.
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Old 11-07-2018, 09:33 PM   #19
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Decoys work

You can attract the attention of a curious buck with a doe decoy...he may commit and come real close, or maybe just a little closer or at least stops him in his tracks for a shot opportunity

I used one at Hagerman & caught the attention of a giant buck, he stopped with interest & walked off

Give it a try
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Old 11-07-2018, 09:43 PM   #20
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Great video! did you notice that he would look around to see if anyone was watching
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Old 11-07-2018, 09:44 PM   #21
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I have had some great success playing with doe decoys. I have even had three bucks at different sets repeatedly try to breed my doe. I have used tinks 69 sprayed on the doe and put a tail on the decoy. I have also rigged monofilament line to the tail so i could wiggle the tail. However, never had a "shooter" buck come in though.
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Old 11-07-2018, 09:48 PM   #22
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Yes - love me some decoy hunting during the rut
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Old 11-07-2018, 09:56 PM   #23
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I have used my decoys when am hunting in times where there isn't any deer movement or temps are right, early season and I got to say I've used my decoy 6 times and 5 times it brought in bucks!
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Old 11-07-2018, 09:59 PM   #24
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I could see them working in locations that are wide open with low deer numbers.
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Old 11-07-2018, 10:10 PM   #25
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I could see them working in locations that are wide open with low deer numbers.
If youíre assessment is correct, then thatís good for about 90% of us on TBH that have small places in areas with low deer populations. All I know is, in my neck of the woods, come early November through late December, I use them a lot.
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Old 11-07-2018, 10:23 PM   #26
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The Deloma decoy is awesome. Slight breeze keeps it moving just enough to keep them coming on in without holding up due to suspicion
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Old 11-07-2018, 10:26 PM   #27
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I have been using a doe decoy during pre-rut and rut, on food plots. They have worked well for me bringing in numerous bucks.

I do put some doe scent on the decoy.
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Old 11-07-2018, 11:38 PM   #28
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I’ve used them quite a bit in Kansas with great success where it makes sense. Open areas where deer can see for a long ways and you can rattle and call to them. I’m against Doe Only setups and use either a lone buck or combo Tending buck with bedded doe. The single doe will inevitably spook any other doe in the country and they’ll ruin your hunt quick. This time of year bucks are just as likely to come in and show dominance to a buck decoy but I take it further with the combo a lot of times to make it really tick him off! I film my hunts too so it makes for a good show.
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Old 11-07-2018, 11:46 PM   #29
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They can help to distract a deer from watching your location if you set one away from your stand.
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Old 11-08-2018, 12:08 PM   #30
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It worked this morning!
And of course a much bigger one came 10 min after I shot that 8pt. Never fails...I posted today about it. Thread is Bday Buck
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Old 11-08-2018, 12:41 PM   #31
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Never used one. Buddy already killed a buck last week and said I can use his decoy.

I plan on using it on my smokepole stand that overlooks my feeder in the woods and a 15 acre wheat field. I will be putting it in the wheat field approx. 100 yards from my tripod tomorrow AM. Iíll try to remember to report back if I had success or not.


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Old 11-08-2018, 04:07 PM   #32
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Good luck. All itís gotta do is make them step out of the trees with a rifle and then itís up to you.
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Old 11-08-2018, 04:13 PM   #33
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Good luck. All itís gotta do is make them step out of the trees with a rifle and then itís up to you.
When they start stepping out with rifles I'm finished hunting for good.

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Old 11-08-2018, 04:33 PM   #34
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Lol....make the stories on this site more interesting
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Old 11-08-2018, 04:35 PM   #35
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When they start stepping out with rifles I'm finished hunting for good.

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They could probably kill us much easier than we kill them 😂😂
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Old 11-08-2018, 04:46 PM   #36
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Weíd all have to up our camo game and cover scents for sure!
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Old 11-08-2018, 04:49 PM   #37
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I've had success with a doe decoy pre-rut. Once the rut really starts I don't use one.
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Old 11-08-2018, 04:53 PM   #38
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I have used doe decoys and they work great! I shot a buck 2 seasons ago on public land using one. Had a doe come running down the creek edge with a buck hot on her tail. I had a doe decoy out with the wind blowing towards the creek. I was setup on the trail that came out of the creek. The doe bound off to the creek and the buck stopped at the trail. He looked back and forth, saw the doe cross the creek and saw my decoy off to his left. The wind blew the estrus scent on the decoy right in his face. He lip curled and walked right to the decoy, and gave me a 8 yard shot. Decoys flat out work.
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Old 11-09-2018, 08:23 AM   #39
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This just happened 5 mins ago.....curious non-shooter buck walked in to look.
Could be a shooter buck next time
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Old 11-09-2018, 09:11 AM   #40
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I've used them several times and had success with them. A buck and doe combo imo is the best. Typically a buck will approach a buck decoy head on and a doe decoy from behind. I set up my decoys to entice a deer to circle in bow range and face the decoys. Decoys also work great for gun hunters who hunt roads or pipelines with lots of visibility. Deer will walk out and look at the decoys almost every time. It's a great confidence decoy. The deer sees a decoy and usually relaxes. If anything it gives you a chance to shoot the deer while it stops to look at the decoy.
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Old 11-09-2018, 09:39 AM   #41
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What make of decoys are you guys using?
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Another buck....this is becoming a live hunt lol
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Old 11-09-2018, 10:25 AM   #43
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^^^^ I see your in your favorite spot-good luck
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Old 11-09-2018, 10:33 AM   #44
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Another buck....this is becoming a live hunt lol
Primos Scar Buck Decoy?
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Old 11-09-2018, 10:54 AM   #45
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Yes I believe itís an older version of Scarface

I just had another small buck come by and knocked my decoy over, dang it now I have to go set it back up
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Old 11-09-2018, 11:01 AM   #46
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Yes I believe itís an older version of Scarface

I just had another small buck come by and knocked my decoy over, dang it now I have to go set it back up
Nice!

Buck in the 2nd pic looks like a decent 8pt!
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Old 11-09-2018, 11:15 AM   #47
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I killed a bobcat a few years ago after I watched it stalk up behind my decoy.
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Old 11-09-2018, 01:18 PM   #48
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I'm going to try one at Hagerman next week, the one I have is just one of the fold up does, may be for sale after the first use.
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Old 11-09-2018, 06:05 PM   #49
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PM decoy hunt & another buck here
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Old 11-09-2018, 06:06 PM   #50
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PM decoy hunt & another buck here
Antlers look funny on your decoy!

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