Decoys can work incredibly well for elk and whitetail deer. Elk decoys are more common since Montana Decoy makes a series of them that fold easily and weight less than a pound. The models are silk screened and are incredibly detailed. Numerous times, I’ve been set up in a calling sight and do a double take as the decoy catches my eye.
Whitetail decoys are manageable enough to use life-size models, yet they are bulky and difficult to transport. Normally, you must know exactly where you will hunt and need to have a tree stand set up ahead of time. If you suddenly find a series of fresh rubs or scrapes, the beauty of the Montana Decoy Freshman Buck is the ability to set it up in an ambush spot that best suits your style. As the wind changes, you can move the decoy to face down wind, the direction every buck will take.
In archery seasons, you can use your decoy as a lure and a cover. I once had a tag in the famed Missouri Breaks of Montana and closed on a herd of elk moving through very sparse timber. I had to move 75 yards across an open space and walked slowly behind the decoy. I can remember peeking over its back and seeing a large cow giving me the once-over. I stopped and the cow put her head down and continued feeding.
Safety must always be a primary concern when using decoys. An archer was shot by another bowhunter in Colorado this year, a rare occurance, yet it can happen and you must always make safety your number one rule.
When whitetail hunting, you may think that a doe would make a better lure than an immature buck. Often does are suspicious of other does and they will approach to investigate. Generally, they do their best to avoid immature bucks that constantly hound them. A buck, on the other hand will come right at the decoy.
This post from The Outdoor Hub website also contains an elk video that’s cool to see: