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Question about decoys

Does anybody think that a decoy will work even if it's not the rut? I have a buck and a doe decoy and i was thinking if the pronghorn aren't rutting that i might be able to stalk close to them without spooking them. I mean as long as they don't see a human outline i should be fine

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Re: Question about decoys

Should work just fine during bow season if you use it properly. Don't ever use it during rifle season, unless you want to get shot. Lots of bow hunters use this technique. Infact it's almost impossible to stalk without using a decoy if you want to get close enough for a bow/arrow shot.

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Re: Question about decoys

You think it'll work even if they're not rutting?

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Re: Question about decoys

it will still work Thumbs up

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I hope they work all i can do

I hope they work all i can do is try

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I was told around here that antelope decoys worked about half the time. While scouting this year, antelope and elk, I noticed everywhere I went I kept running into cattle. This year I am going to try this cow (cattle) decoy by "Zebu" from outfoxedproducts.com. . People are laughing at me now but I think I will have the last laugh. good luck.

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We have found that if you are

We have found that if you are hunting does and are using a buck decoy, the does tend to shy away a bit, especially if the bucks have been chasing them around alot.  That being said if you have a buck tag it will work some of the time.  Prior to full rut the decoys work real well, especially a doe decoy....add alot of confidence.  I then to think that if you are hunting a waterhole and there are goats around you will not need a decoy, eventually they will come to water.

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Question about decoys

I haven't found them to be as useful as they are when actively rutting. When rutting they would come towards it pretty often, even charge up close to the dang thing suprising the crap out of me a couple times, LOL. My friend even got a buck to respond to his waving a T-shirt back and forth once. Great fun.

When they weren't real active, I found it more useful as a means of getting closer while stalking, using it for cover. They would take notice of it, stop and stare for a bit, but not really be attracted to it in our experiences and casually wonder off. You never know though I guess....

Good luck.

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Jman,  I like to have as many

Jman,  I like to have as many options when hunting antelope.  Using a decoy pre or post rut will need to be used in the right situation.  If your thinking of just walking behind one to get close enough, your odds are very low.  But setting one up in an area where the antelope want to be, might be a better option.  It's still a waiting game with antelope.  Water holes and fence crossings are always a good option if you like to wait and had a chance to scout the area.  I'll be hunting in two weeks and i'll be taking the blind, a Montana Decoy Antelope Butt, and a bethedecoy.com antelope hat and shirt.  I don't know what the weather and antelope will be doing when I get there.  The more options I have the better I feel.

Good luck!

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