I have not bought a true antelope decoy. But I have a small deer 3d target that I have painted to look like an antelope, with the whte on the and rump, with the black patch on the cheeks. Let me tel you, here in Idaho we have had many antelope come running at this decoy. I archery hunt for antelope and this is challenging due to the shot distance. But I will never buy a decoy for antelope and will always use this painted up target.
I have tried to use white flags but the antelope tend to run when using them, so i am not a fan.
Tried a true antelope decoy for the first time last weekend. My brother is the archer, not I , but I am a good decoy holder. We had a couple of decent bucks interested, but could not get them within 100 yards. The white t-shirt thing just happened to be possible as well, as I was wearing one the second day we went out. It didnt work so well either, but that is not to say it wont. It is really early for rutting goats yet, so the best days are to come with the decoy. ALL the horned goats we saw were alone or with other bucks, only one with any doe. When they start ruttin' up, watch out. You will have to throw that decoy to the side before too long. I have heard when a herd buck comes runnin, that or an arrow may be the only way to turn him around.
All of us, at one time or another have gone on a hunting trip and had what we call “Blue Bird” weather. Warm evenings and almost hot days. We hunt in our t-shirts and enjoy the sunshine. We are way up in the mountains and have a whole week to hunt. How could it get any better?
That is, until we score on that big buck or bull. We work to get it out of the field and skinned as quickly as possible to cool it down. But try as we might, we just can’t get...