November 20, 2007 at 8:12pm
I put a small eight point decoy 8 yards behind a flambeau redi doe on the edge of a small field two weeks ago in the afternoon. About an hour later two does appear 150 yards away and see doe and start coming right at her walking fast. They get 8 yards from her then look back and one scatters left and the other right. I look and here comes and eight point walking with ears back hair raised and he walks by doe without giving a look. He walks sideways like a coon and goes to the side of buck decoy and then turns towards him. Then he rams him in the ribs full steam ahead and bends the metal stakes over and puts the decoy almost at the base of my tree. This setup was only fourteen yards from my tree so I had a show. I drew my bow on him several times practicing af he was a monster. He was a 2 year old with excellent genetics about 110-115 inches. He circled my tree looking at buck decoy but never acknowledged doe. About 15 minutes later he came back out the woods and walked over to make sure buck decoy was still on the ground. I was laughing so hard I was surprised he didn't hear me. What a great hunt. Year before I used flambeau redi alert doe with doe in heat one afternoon and had two 1 1/2 year old bucks come in at different times and sexually molest her. The first buck a 3 point molested her for 25 minutes then left then 4 point molested her for about 40 minutes. They work most of the time, but sometimes does will come out and throw a fit at decoy and scare everything off, has happened several times. Key to decoy is use it in open area and just one time with deer present. After that deer don't respond well and often avoid it, first time is best time just like a good hunting spot. Never leave decoy out as deer become immuned to it and no it is not real.