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Old 10-15-2008, 06:29 PM
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Well, I just built me an awesome ground blind last weekend where last year I saw some really nice bucks coming across this field from a nature preserve that borders the property I hunt.

Here's the question...

These deer come from the west and travel east over this open field. There's a small wooded area where my blind is at the edge of the treeline.

I want to use a buck and doe decoy but I've never used decoys and don't know which way they should be facing. Also, if by chance I only use one decoy what should I use (buck/doe?) and what direction should it be facing?

I know all about being sent free with the decoys and not leaving them out there. I'll probably lay them under some brush in the woods when I'm not there

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Old 10-15-2008, 06:30 PM
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are you sure your alone on the property?you wouldnt want some joker mistaken your decoy for the real thing and sending stuff your way
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Old 10-15-2008, 07:10 PM
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i'm pretty sure that bucks approach other bucks face to face to challenge and approach does from the rear to check to see if they're in estrous(sp?). hope this helps!
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If I were going to use a decoy it probably would be a doe decoy during the rut and use a good estrus scent on it. Facing or 1/4 ering the wind should be about right. If the head turns you might have it looking back or into the woods. A little rattling and doe estrus call might help. Let us know if you tried it and how things turned out.
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yep....DDog is right....MAJORITY of the time bucks will approach other bucks head on and does from behind....
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are you sure your alone on the property?you wouldnt want some joker mistaken your decoy for the real thing and sending stuff your way
haha...yeah I'm sure. It's my bosses property, he lives in a 20,000sq ft mansion with cameras EVERYWHERE. It's the best hunting spot one could hope for and I have it all to myself! He hates the deer because they trash all of his trees around his house. He also has a lake and a ton of geese he hates...it's pure heaven out there! Its 125 acres but only about 50 is huntable
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Old 10-15-2008, 10:53 PM
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If I were going to use a decoy it probably would be a doe decoy during the rut and use a good estrus scent on it. Facing or 1/4 ering the wind should be about right. If the head turns you might have it looking back or into the woods. A little rattling and doe estrus call might help. Let us know if you tried it and how things turned out.
I'll take my camera with me this weekend and take some shots. It's a big field, and if I could just get their attention I think I'll get a great opportunity for a really nice deer. Man!! I'm excited!!
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Old 10-16-2008, 06:01 AM
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I'm repeating what others have already said but now you can picture why they face that way.
If your decoys are in a field make sure the buck is facing the woods (west) and the doe is facing away from the woods(east),
that way if a buck is coming out of the woods he might want to challenge the (decoy buck) facing him or
he may be attracted to that fine looking (decoy Doe)
Good luck and let us know how it works out using decoys.
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