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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.
Any suggustions?

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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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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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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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Ok, I went out this morning after that buck i've been watching. I was sitting and had my 6 point buck decoy/target up about twenty yards in front of me. i was sitting at about 7:15am. At 7:30 I grunted and did a rattling sequence. i am sitting in a small thicket in a large field facing the woods. I heard a snort way off to my left after my rattle sequence. So, I sat.... At 8:00am I see the buck coming straight toward my decoy about 110 yards away. He stroll right in completely fixated on the decoy. He came to about 40-50 yards from me and 60-70 yards from the decoy. Then he turn and ran into the edge where he circled around the decoy and then disappeared.

I would have had a perfect shot on him if he would have only came in 10-20 yards more. First Time i used the decoy. I had him facing the woods about 40-50 yards from the edge w/no scent. It was pretty exciting, I can't wait to get back out there. I've been seeing this buck a lot lately.

I think when tomorrow morning i'm going to use the doe decoy. Maybe this big boy will feel more comfortable with a doe.
 

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Hey Bruce, I hunted Saturday all day and Sunday morning. I saw my buck both days. just never quite came in close enough... Saturday I had my doe decoy out. I was sitting in some tall grass facing the edge(60 yards). I was sitting by 7:00am(still dark) I rattled and grunted around every 45minutes. Hoping that when this buck comes through he will appear. At 9:30am I heard movement along the edge. He come out directly in front of me in tall grass at about 50 yards.. As soon as he came out he put his eyes right on me. I don't know how the hell he saw me but he did. he watched me the whole time he strolled through the field. When he got to about 40 yards, i was goin to take shot. he turned his head and i started to draw, he looked righted at me in mid-draw. I had to stop and hold draw, he ended up strolling away.
Needless to say, I put a tree stand up in the field that afternoon. I hunted that evening from the tree stand and just saw a couple does off in the distance..
Sunday morning I hunted the same stand and Seen 5 does, a small buck and the nice buck i've been hunting. They all came out about 80 yards away and never came into me. I did see the smaller buck chasing the hell out of does though; had them running in circles.
So, it was a good weekend. I'm excited to get back out there. It's too bad that i have to work all the time. It seems to get in the way of my hunting obession.
I'm planning on going out in the morning here soon with in the next couple days.
 

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I will have to investigate that end. The wind changes quite often. I've notice that the majority of the time. it is to my favor. blowing out of the woods to me. The wind direction i put on that particular map is when I was sitting up in the field, most Northeast position. I am positioned in the treestand now.
 
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