Using a Deer Decoy
By Mike Lambeth
Deer decoys have proven to be a valuable
tool for deer hunters, provided they are
used wisely. Extreme caution must be
used when transporting the decoy afield.
Most decoys can be assembled afield, and
are easily transported in a hunter’s
There are many decoys available on the
market today. They range from silhouettes
to full-body decoys. Some decoys like the
HD are extremely lifelike
with photo-realistic colors.
Experts suggest using gloves and being
scent-free when handling a decoy, to help
guard against contaminating the decoy with
human scent. In addition, doe and buck
urines used near the decoy help to
complete the setup.
Deer decoys help to authenticate calling
and rattling sequences, and work best when
set up in an open area where deer can see
them from a distance.
During early season a doe decoy is
effective when placed in a feed field to
attract other does and bucks to your
location. When used during the pre-rut,
employing a doe decoy can be a deadly
tactic when used in combination with a doe
bleat or a grunt call.
Another effective tactic is to set up the
decoy as a buck and to rattle and use a
grunt call. This tactic works well during
the pre-rut and rut period. Keep in mind
that a buck will generally circle a decoy
and then approach it head on to challenge
or spar. When using a decoy remember
to set it up 10 yards closer than your
maximum shooting range.
Remember, deer decoys can provide for some