Thread: Best decoy?
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:18 PM
Nontypical Buck
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I had success using cheap decoys for years. Then had three years in a row of toms avoiding them. So last year decided to try more realistic dekes. DSD are great but lil too steep for me so I got 2nd best Zink Avians last spring. Got better results with them, harvesting 2 mature toms off Wisconsin public. My birds came in #1 and #9 in the Huntingnet contest last year. Both late season leftover tags in early/mid May.

One interesting encounter was with a lone hen who became buddies, chest bumping and hanging around my Avian hen decoy for 3 full hours. Even got video of it making a dust bowl directly next to it maybe 2 feet. Haha the company might like that for advertising.

Anyway I can't say the dekes made much difference. I think it depends much more on hunting pressure. But I hunt exclusively public land, and I've found dekes mandatory because no way the toms are coming in to any call. Huge difference there. Years of encounters taught me that.

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