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Deer decoys worthwhile?

Has anyone else had any personal experience with deer decoys? I am toying with the idea of buying a doe decoy. Are they worth the money and hassle of carrying and setting up? I bow hunt whitetails in fairly thick woods near corn and soy bean fields. Are doe decoys effective in drawing in does or just bucks during the rut? Thanks.

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I never have used a decoy but

I never have used a decoy but I think it would be worth trying. I've had a lot of success ratteling and grunting so I think adding a decoy could only help.

Its not going to work EVERY time you see or call to a deer but it only takes one time. If you decide to get one let us know how it works.

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Last fall I used a decoy for

Last fall I used a decoy for the first time and it worked liked magic.   I placed the 6 point full-body decoy about 40 yards from my stand in a field.  Initially, a doe came out and was curious and grazed in the field; wasn't alarmed yet didn't express much interest either.  About 45 minutes later, a nice 6 point entered the field and started making its way to the decoy.  The buck walked about 200 yards from the other side of the field, shaking its head the entire time.  I shot it with my ML at about 50 yards.  I plan on using it again this fall. 

The full-body dekes can be somewhat cumbersome.  I ended up also buying a montana deke that I plan on using this fall.  I say go for it.  Good luck.

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Buy a decoy

From my experience if you are rifle hunting you do not need a decoy. I have found that while they spoke they will often stop. I don't know if it's their coursity or they are not too smart when someone wants to shoot them. It seems to be about the same between whitetails and Mull deer for stopping after running a short distance. However that being said bow hunting I would recommend a decoy and using a tree stand. Usually whitetail don't look up (usually) and the decoy will bring attention to the decoy and hopefully not you up in the tree stand. Montana decoy makes some really nice ones.

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I think there are plenty of

I think there are plenty of times to use a decoy when rifle hunting. It could bring a buck out of thick cover.  And its good practice for bow and muzzle loader season.

Plus who wouldnt want to see a buck come in and try to attack their decoy ?

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I've only had a deke for the
I've only had a deke for the past two seasons and managed to punch my tag while using it both years. It certainly isn't a magic cure all that will instantly fill your wall with trophy's but I think that using it in the right situation can be just the ticket to get that buck into bow range.

I have the boss buck and I've been really pleased with it other than the legs and how they attach.... could have been better designed. I always scrub it down (every square inch inside and out)with scent free soap before using (so far i've only used it 5 times in 2 years). I also never touch the decoy with out wearing latex gloves. I use a tack to pin a thin piece of toilet paper to the tail (take a 6-8" piece of TP and fold it till it's only 2" wide x 6-8" long). The toilet paper on the tail has been what sealed the deal on both bucks that I killed with it, I watched both of them hang up at 50-80 yards until a slight breeze make the TP "flick".

My first successful try with the deke was on my family's farm. The set is pictured below. There is about 55 acres of nasty 5 year old clearcut behind me, and as shown a 1.5 ac. foodplot that butts up to about 60 acres of bottomland CRP out in front of the stand. I hunt this with a south wind blowing my scent up a tight draw though the clearcut. With a south wind the bucks tend to skirt the field edge on the far side of the CRP field (using their nose to check does in the woods and eyes to search for does in the open field). It's a dynamite spot for rattling during the rut and the decoy provides the visual realism to the rattling/calling. I set the deke at 30 yards upwind, quartering to me but not looking directly at my tree.
It was november 5th and I climbed into this stand at 8am after setting up my deke. Around 9am I caught movement to my right in the clearcut...it was what appeared to be a 1 1/2 year old 7 point that was guarding a hot doe. Long story short I watched this buck breed the doe, make rubs, and walk circles around the doe for nearly 9 hours. Finally another buck (2 1/2 y.o.)came in to try to get in on the action and when he did I was able to snort wheeze and bring the 7 point out of the brush and when he locked on to the decoy he bristled up, turned sideways and sidestepped 80 yards into the deke. Not much of a rack (hence the 1 1/2 year old estimate when I first seen him) Turned out that he was a 5 1/2 y.o. that weighed 240 field dressed.
This past year the deke produced another nice buck on November 6th. I'm almost certain that I wouldn't have had shot opportunities on either had it not been for the decoy.
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Re I've only had a deke for the

Thanks for the TP tip. That is a great simple piece of info that I would have never thought of. Goes to show how great this forum is with people sharing info.

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Decoy

They aer fun to use and messa round with but a pain in the rear to carry around and they make a ton of noise.  They certainly can work in the right situation but I seldom use mine.  Just more piece of equipment we are advertised into buying - I will sell you mine.

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One more thing to think of

One more thing to think of when Rifle or ML hunting is the safty factor. I wouldnt even think of using one on Public land in gun season. I've seen some people spray paint some orange on the decoy. Just play it safe.

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I do not whitetail hunt much,

I do not whitetail hunt much, but have a buddy that does and many time he has had bucks come right up next to the buck for a better look.  One time I was with him and saw it first hand...very convincing.

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Thanks for the comments.

Thanks for the comments. Sounds like it might be worth a try. One more piece of gear to haul out and bring back though.

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