just be careful if you are not hunting private property put some blaze orange on the the decoy to prevent it getting shot at by others.Some "hunters"do stupid things.I just read where some goose hunters were shot by someone shooting into their decoy spread:no:If its practical you can try bringing the deer target you practice on and use as a decoy.
With no horns and some doe scent it might work or with horns during the prerut you might have some luck.
I'll find my self sitting in a stand and noticing a better spot over there at the end of the day i climb down and move the climber and start over .like ya said sometimes 10yrds makes all the difference on how they present the shot:thumbup:Make sure that you break up your outline. I like to use pine boughs so that even the two legged critters will walk by and never know I'm right above them. Scent control, and careful scouting should put you in business. Also, I move my stand as we play the chess game. It might only be 10 yds but sometimes that's the trick. Very rarely do deer ever know I'm in the area. It takes effort but bowhunters usually do.
If you are hunting the staging area just outside of the fields you are hunting the wrong area. You need to hunt the staging area that is right next to bedding. If you are not sure what I mean now is the time of year to locate them. Just back track towards bedding and you will find them. They are usually smaller in size and sheltered from veiw. Once you see one you will know what I'm talking about. This is the area that bucks primarily scent check does. If it is buck bedding big bucks will hang up here until after dark. Most times there will be sign post rubs or a small group of larger rubs here. The reason for this is the testosterone build up of the buck while at rest and his sign to other bucks to stay out. Since you are usually right up against the bedding area they can be very tricky to hunt. Regardless of scent control wind is your biggest factor. Stealth is an understatement but it can be done. You are going to get busted half the time but payoffs will be much greater and mature buck sightings will go way up compared to the other areas you have been hunting. In early season hunting in the afternoons are best because unless you can be in your tree several hours before visable light mature bucks will already be there bedding up. Besides the rut these areas will be your number one spot for taking mature bucks consistantly. Important if you do hunt them early plan to stay all day. Bucks will get up midday for a stretch and possibly relocate within this area allowing for a shot. Hope this helps.where i am in ohio i mostly hunt over fields and staging areas. with the right wind i see alot of deer but not the bucks im looking for. i like to shoot does and let the small bucks walk.