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Decoys

I used one the other day with no success.  Who uses them and when do you use them?  Are they effective?

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What kind did you use? 

What kind did you use?  Mallards, pintails????  Usually I find the bigger bucks will come to the Mallards the best.  Something about the green head..... lol

Sorry, couldn't resist..... :P  

What kind of decoy did you use?  Full body, front shoulder, etc.?  And, are the deer in the chasing phase there now?  Could make a big difference what part of the rut they are in now.

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Or, was it a point decoy?

You know the one where you put out a 200 point decoy and then build from there...Whistling

Seriously, what kind of decoy did you use?

I met a guy in the bow shop one time that had made his own decoy out of a hide.  I was nothing more than the back side of a doe.  He swore by the effectiveness and said that he would put it in a cross wind area and always put some type of doe scent on it.

Personally, I try not to draw attention to where I'm hunting.  You never know when another hunter will see something out of the ordinary and go investigate.Confused

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It was just a 3d target I

It was just a 3d target I have.  A small buck.  The wind was wrong for my stand and there was an area that was suppose to be where the deer were but I couldn't figure out where to set up.  It was too open without any real trails or pinch points so I got the bright idea of using my 3D target as a decoy to bring them in.  Needless to say, it didn't work.

 

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I used both the doe and buck

I used both the doe and buck Montana decoys I won in the BGH contest this year. I have not had one buck come into the doe decoy so far even though I know they have seen it. I have aslo had several does completely avoid the doe decoy. As far as the buck decoy goes I had some bucks get close to the decoy before it got light. I have yet to get a buck close enough to know the decoy was there when it was light. This is my first year experimenting with decoy's so I am probably just as new at it as you are. As far as if they work or not in my opinion the jury is still out on it. I believe if you have the right setup and the righht situation they will work. I will keep on trying them. Hopefully I will have some success with them. Good luck to you.

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Thanks.  I think it was a one

Thanks.  I think it was a one shot deal with me and I doubt that i will use it again.  Too much stuff to drag in the woods, plus if I do it again I'll get a better decoy.  Good luck with you too.

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I have put out a Renzo's flat

I have put out a Renzo's flat doe decoy several times this year.  Each time it stopped the does in their tracks. They stared at the decoy for several minutes each time. It's a fold-flat decoy so I set it up pointing directly to me one time. The other time I had it on an angle away from me. Both times the does turned 90 degrees to the decoy allowing for perfect, relaxed broadside shots. After the rut has concluded, I'll take some does and post pics and/or video. I think I have some pics of the does staring at the decoy. Let's see...yea here's one.

Oh yea, I found my Renzo buck decoy today so I'm going to pair them up this week to see how they work.

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Which one is the Dcoy,or is

Which one is the Dcoy,or is it even in pic...

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What do you mean? They're all

What do you mean? They're all decoys....a have a whole herd out...just kidding.
No, there isn't a decoy in the pic. I was trying to show the reaction I had from the does. I'll find a pic with the decoy included so you see how realistic she looks. What I'm going to do is open up a picture gallery of my decoys and the reaction I get from them. I'll try to get up today if all goes well.
I have them out this am, so maybe I'll get some more pics. Hopefully a buck will respond to the decoys.

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That's pretty cool.  I wonder

That's pretty cool.  I wonder if you need to have a certain ratio of bucks to does for the decoys to be effective, like rattling, or if they will work anywhere.

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You wrote, "  I wonder if you

You wrote, "  I wonder if you need to have a certain ratio of bucks to does for the decoys to be effective, like rattling, or if they will work anywhere."
Not in my opinion, the doe to buck ratio is way out of wack on this farm. The ratio is at least 4 or 5 does per buck from years of dog hunters shooting every legal buck and the neighbors doing the same. Hopefully change is in the air. I know the dog hunters have lost alot of land around here, unfortunately for them, I believe dog hunting has seen it's better days.

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