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Join Date: May 2011
Location: Pa. Lackawanna Scranton
Re: Deer hunting with a decoy? Experience? Tips?
I'm no expert but i've been using a decoy for a few years. The first time I set it up as a doe, it seemed to spook the older does, some younger does came cautiously close and a small four point with a broken rack came in and circled the decoy with his ears back, I thought he was going to attack it, but instead he made a little scrape and left.
Another time I set it up as a buck, the rut had started so I put out some doe esterous scent and domanant buck urine. I watched a young buck approach the setup, as soon as he hit the scent he turned and bolted, I don't think he ever saw the decoy.
Last year I set it up as a doe on the first Saturday in Nov. no scents this time, when it was light enough I tried the long can doe bleat, about 15min later hit the can again, a short time after I saw legs standing about 15yds in front of and to the left of my decoy. I couldn't tell what it was at first some branches were in the way, when he turned and started walking towards me I seen he was a nice buck. He did just what they do on tv, walked behind the decoy to scent check it, which gave me a 15yd broadside shot. My shot was less than perfect but all's well that ends well.
I usually set up the decoy about 30yds in front of and facing away from my stand. I don't use it anymore until I start to see scrapes. Good luck if you decide to try one.
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