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Location: St. Louis County
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Changing Tactics...

Heading out again this weekend w/ my bow. I've seen a few good deer, but haven't gotten a shot, yet. I think I'm going to try using my 3D target as a decoy. I'm wondering, should I use it as a doe or buck? It has smallish 8 point removable tines. I would use some doe-in-heat if I use it as a doe, but would rattle and grunt if I use it as a buck....I also have a bleat call. The rut is still in.....what would you guys do? Brick Wall,)

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I would use it as a Doe with the "Doe In Heat" and then rattle and grunt also.
Might make a buck think there a tussle going on over a hot Doe.
Great Idea either way you go.

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If you have been successful in rattling in deer on your place before then I would use it a buck. If your bucks won't come in to rattling then I would use it as a doe. I put my decoy out on my place in the peak of the rut and it punked out every buck that saw it. I took the horns off it and used it a couple days after that and the bucks came in to look but were still leery.

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Location: St. Louis County
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I've had mixed results with rattling, like everybody else...

I'm concerned that if I use it as a doe and bleat, it will attract does and then spook them. Then the bucks will stay away. I think if I use it as a buck, it will only attract bucks, if anything.

Any thoughts?

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Try slappin' a couple tarsal glands on your buck decoy, do a little rattling and see what happens. I had great success with this last year. Get the glands from a buddies buck he has shot, roadkill, or your local meat locker that processes deer.

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Location: central ontario
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I would use a buck, Doe in heat and bang my antlers on a small sapling
myself I just use my barrel, only near a scrape for a very short time 30 seconds
then lay on my belly and wait. Tic him off.
Good luck.

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