If you never have used a deer decoy while bow hunting you have no idea what your missing. It is far out! Deer are so curious about another deer that they haven't seen before. One October morning I used my decoy as a doe on the edge of a timber line that joined a river bottom that is planted in corn. I saw 4 does come out of the woods at 400 yards away. As they walked out of the woods one of the does saw the decoy and started heading my way. They were kind of cautious at first but they all walked right up to the decoy checking it out from top to bottom. Some even licked it. I could have shot any of those deer but I was so amazed about the very close encounters I just enjoyed the show. I wouldn't had a chance that morning if I didn't have that decoy out. Here are a few things that I do when I use a decoy. Remember to be safe. Use a hunters orange bag to pack decoy in and out of the field. Make sure its legal to use one in your state first. I have heard of some states that allowed the use of a decoy but not allowing a decoy to have any moving parts. Don't need a ticket! I recommend that you place the decoy about 20 yards away from your stand or blind. If you have it as a doe decoy have the decoy facing away from you. Why you ask? Most bucks will approach a doe from its rear. This should give you a broad side shot as the buck travels in between you and the doe. Makes since don't it. Maybe not every time but most of the time they will. A doe will approach a doe decoy head on most of the time. I would rather go for the buck approach but you be the judge. Don't fore get about scent control! Make sure after you set the decoy up spray it down with scent killer. I recommend Dead Down Wind it works great! Also place some Mike's Magic Scent doe estrus urine on the decoys rear. I have seen some hunters place some white cloth or tissue to the rear of the decoy so that the wind will make the decoy more life like as if she where twitching her tail. When the rut comes around I'm just trying to place the decoy with in shooting distance of my 25-06. I hunt alot of open river bottoms. Their are a lot of decoys on the market but I use the Carry Lite Decoy. Its easy to set up and pack in and out of the field. Try this "up in your face" tactic this upcoming bow season it could make a dull slow morning change into a close encounter.
In about a week from now I should be set up with my PSE Dream Season XS bow. I have chosen these other products to use with my bow. G5 Expert II Arrow Rest, G5 Montec Broad Heads, America Best Bow Strings and a 5 pin Sword Acu-Site. Sounds deadly don't it. I am so pumped up about bow season that I don't care that it's 98-100 degrees everyday. If the season opened tomorrow I would be on location with bow in hand, thermocell blazing and enjoying seeing and hearing the birth of a new day. I'm the type of hunter that just enjoys being out in the woods. Of course I would love to harvest a huge buck but as long as I see some type of critter passing by I consider it a good morning.
Today I went to the mail box like I do everyday and to my surprise I got a hand written letter from PSE. I had sent of my information for the warranty. They were thanking me for purchasing there product. I sat there thinking to myself I have shot many bows and none of them ever thanked me for it. It feels good when some one appreciates you don't it. That action alone gained a lot of my respect. I might be old fashion but a simple "Thank You" will go a long way. I hope that everyone who hunts this great country is thankful no matter how big the beard is or how many points it might have. If you hunt on private property let the owner know how thankful you are. Offer some of the meat or help with some farm work. In the end, PSE will always have my support because they are a company that is thankful. I hope that we all are thankful.