I think they help in certain situations. The wind needs to be right, like any other time when bow hunting. Many times it'll take the bulls into bow range, when they hold up outside of it. Visual can help a lot.
i've heard both ways good and bad about decoys. My buddy says he's had bulls come into his decoy and sniff it. but last year when we got ahead of the herd and set it up, the elk didn't like it and they booked it in the other direction. i personally dont like to hunt with a decoy because i think i would rather that the elk not know anything is there. i'd rather be fully invisible if that makes sense
We use our decoys in way to keep the bulls looking........we've had good luck with using them in/behind underbrush where only part of the decoy is visible. The Montana cow decoys work well as they are compact and lightweight. I too have had elk get spooked by them as well though........to each his own!
How many times have you wished for a better view across a clear cut, an agriculture field or down a powerline?
Ever wanted to get a little higher to try to get above a deer’s nose?
Have you ever wanted a taller stand because… well… just because?
Here is an example of a stand I made a few years ago and it has some very real advantages and a few disadvantages.
commanding view from the stand
able to accommodate two hunters, perfect for parent / child hunts
hunters are well...