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esox49

Anyone using a decoy?

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esox49

Just was wondering if anyone is using a decoy (either buck or doe) and having any luck? Or, have you stopped using one with the rut starting?

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zumbromuskie

First, for your own safety, be sure not to use a decoy on public property or during a gun season. I have used a decoy while bow hunting the last few years and it is second to none. I usually set up as a doe and put a small canister of doe estrous pee on the decoy's back. Does feel at ease around it and bucks come in about everytime to get a sniff. It's a pain to carry in and set up and it can be dangerous, but if you do it right and it's legal where you hunt, then I reccomend it.

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Cooter

I'll have one out in front of the bow stand tomorrow morning.

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jeff127

My brother had a large 10 pointer spook and bolt from his doe decoy on the morning after gun opener. It was just bfore shooting time and it was walking right at him and at 40 yards it stopped for a few seconds, looked at it, and bolted. He was not a happy camper.

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mnmuzzleloader

I used one last friday. The problem I had I was set up right on the trail that the turkeys wanted to use, they came into the woods and started putting when they seen the buck decoy, the milled around for a while and then tried it again, this time when they started there putting a doe bolted into the scene, she seen the buck but went down wind to check it out, all the turkey noise made her move on pretty quickly, I can see under the right condition it would work awesome, it will distract them enough for you to get a shot!!! Good Luck!!!!!

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harvey lee

I will use one for rifle opener as a doe with some doe in heat. Its riflew opener this weekend.

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zumbromuskie

re; the spooked buck from the decoy

I'd guess he touched the deocy with his bare hands. You have to get your scent off the decoy or it is worthless. I wash it up real good in the fall and spray it down with a scent killer. Then I keep it hidden and covered near my stand. I never touch it without gloves. Hope this helps.

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jeff127

Actually he was extremely careful when putting it out and the wind was completely in his favor---the buck never got downwind---nothing in deer hunting is 100% predictable. I just think that buck just wasn't in the mood(he should have been) and is big for a reason......by leaving when things don't look right. There is still plenty of time since that buck resides in area 601

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    • Hoey
      OK - we made it back!!!  Every trip is different with it's own potential perils.   I finally got into my house on Friday around 11am.  My guests were rookies, so i spent time with each of them, getting setup, heaters started, Vexilars set, houses banked, lines prep'd and set, bait, etc...  The bite was somewhat slow and many small ones.  The day got better 3 to 430pm.  Ended up with 6 nice eyes (19, 18x3, 17x2), 13 jumbos (most ever for a day), 12 small sauger which we ate for dinner.   On Saturday we headed up to the south shore of the Angle, longer ride, so again did not get started too early.  Ended up with our 6 eyes for our limit, these ranged from 15 to 16 inches and a 4-pack of sauger.  Again the bite seemed to pickup at 3 or so and was done by 430pm.   Ice as 3 foot or so.  Snow depth varied a lot, depending on the condition of the ice.  Smooth areas were blown off to crusty 6 inches or so.  Rough ice surely held a lot of snow.   The drive back on Sunday was somewhat tough from Baudette to Emily, winter storm warning.  Slow go, low visibility, and icy roads, sometimes down to 15 mph.   Next scheduled trip is with my wife, son, and three of his Gopher swim teammates for spring break in three weeks.  
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