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Old 10-29-2008, 03:05 PM
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Just bought a decoy and plan on using it this weekend. First timer here. Does anybody have any hints/tricks or tips for it.. My decoy canconvert from buck to doe.. I'm hunting a certain buck in his comfort zone, so i'm thinking of putting the buck decoy out with buck urine/tarsal.
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Old 10-29-2008, 03:11 PM
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OhioMike, can't help you on this one, but I would like to hear how you do with it. I've thought about using a decoy just haven't. My thoughts would be a doe with good estrus scent used during the rut by fresh scrapes. If a person used two decoys I would use a small buck and doe with estrus call/scent and maybe rattle some. Someone here should have experience on this. Good luck and let us know what happens!
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Old 10-29-2008, 03:29 PM
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If you're going to set your buck out in a field, I would suggest keeping it facing away from the woods. (that lets other bucks know the field is safe, if he's facing the woods that might indicate danger to other deer looking to come out and he's ready to head back into the woods.)
Also don't use any scents the first time around, make sure you spray the decoy really good with 99% (ScentAway) that's a clean setup, if your Buck sees your decoy it'll come out but if it smells what might be a superior buck it may not come out.
the results from the clean setup will determine what you should do next.

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Old 10-30-2008, 06:26 AM
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I really don't think a mature buck in the rut will come out to investigate another buck standing in an open field doing nothing. You need something that he is pursuing, like a doe in estrus, or possibly antler rattling, indicating a fight over an estrus doe. Maybe having the buck decoy standing over another's scrape? Most rutting bucks have one thing on their mind and it better smell/sound like it or I don't think they will pay any attention to it. BB and I differ on scent use, try both ways and let us know.
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Old 10-30-2008, 08:03 AM
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well to add a little more to the story.. I don't believe the rut is happening right now. We are in the chase phase here in Ohio. The bucks are starting to chase a little bit but no estrus. And i'm hunting a certain buck in his territory. He has consistantly been coming out in the evenings around 5:00pm. I have always been too far from him to take him with my bow. I am hunting from the ground also. Last week I rattled around 6:00pm and I heard a Snort/wheeze from the edge of the woods. He probably kept weezing for about 2-3minutes. a lot longer then a usual spook of a deer. this deer sounded pissed off.
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Old 10-30-2008, 08:21 AM
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I really don't think a mature buck in the rut will come out to investigate another buck standing in an open field doing nothing.
BB and I differ on scent use, try both ways and let us know.
I personally saw a buck go into a guys back yard and attack his 3d decoy had I not seen it I would have struggled to believe it, I've also seen episodes on the outdoor channel that discussed using decoy deer to lure bucks.
As far as the scent I would only use scents if the buck indicated to me that he was in heavy rut OR if I seen him chasing doe's otherwise I would totally avoid scents especially if you're not sure about current rutting activities..

Take a look at this deer attacking a Decoy.
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Old 10-30-2008, 08:48 AM
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sounds like a good plan bruce, thanks! I Have been watching a lot of the decoy demostrations on youtube. they have some pretty cool encounters out there. I'll let you know how things go.
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Old 10-30-2008, 09:02 AM
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The next time your going to be in the woods what are you going to have? Bow or Gun. The reason Im saying this is if Gun season starts say tomorrow and this buck has been a consistent 5 o'clocker I would do nothing abnormal and try to get him at a the range you have been seeing him without spooking him.

Now if its going to be bow for awhile then by all means try the decoy before he changes up on you and starts chasing does all over the place.

Just some thoughts.. And please note I am no professional at this stuff.
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Old 10-30-2008, 11:49 AM
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Bow on the ground in high grass with some thicket cover. I'm no professional either :).
Thanks for all the help. I will let you know how the weekend went with the decoy. Hopefully, posting pics!!! :)
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If you're going to be on the ground make sure to de-scent everything
(99% scent away, you and ALL your equipment, even the bow) I'm looking forward to the pics.
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