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??? hen decoy, ideas on what is going on?

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I bought a decoy hen a few years ago and had a gobbler swing wide of it when he saw it, so I leave it at home. This season I'm running out of time, so I thought I'd put it out in a roost area in the evening to see if a gobbler might come to it. The thing is, it attracts deer! I had three deer, two does and a buck, come to check it out. One doe saw it from at least 100 yards away and traveled the entire distance to take a closer look. The buck from about 50 yards to do the same thing. I think I'm cured of using this thing. Any similar experiences and ideas about what is up with this decoy? Thanks.
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Deer are curious and check everything out decoys, trap sets, anything out of the ordinary. They are a nuisance anytime other than when you are hunting them and I've had them screw up several turkey hunts, just one of the challenges. This late in the season as you found out dekes can hurt more than help since the gobblers likely have been educated on them by now.
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Go to youtube and watch 10 turkey videos that shows the hunter using decoys and pay attention what the gobblers do every single time when they come in.

That's your answer as to what you should do.
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I think I'll get it out when archery deer comes in.:)
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Deer are comfortable around turkeys. Another set of eyes in a field. Not a bad idea to use a decoy in archery. May bring deer in a bit closer. Will have to try that.
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I鈥檝e watched deer follow turkeys for years, in my mind I think deer get very comfortable whenever turkeys are nearby.
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I have the cheapest decoys imaginable and I've had deer fascinated by them. One button buck circled and watched for a half hour before daring to stretch out and take a sniff. Turkeys? Yeah, they dont even notice.
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