As the rut draws near everyone is gearing up for another exciting deer season. Many have their Scent-A-Way products bought and their clothes washed and stored in Travel Bags just waiting to be used. Some are checking cameras and shooting bows. These are just a few things to assure that when the time comes you are ready to go. One thing you might think about this year is hunting over a deer decoy.
First thing you need to do is to make sure your decoy is scent free. Set it up and wash it thoroughly with Scent-A-Way Liquid Green Soap. Rinse it off and let it dry. This can be done more than once if you like. Once it is dried do not handle it without a long sleeve shirt and gloves. Once I have my decoy set up I spray it down with Scent-A-Way Max odorless. Make sure you spray it 100%. I then put Dominant Buck Urine and 2 Hot Does on the ground behind the decoy. I don’t like to put it on the decoy because I store the decoy around my stand and I don’t want to attract deer to the decoy after I take it down.
When hunting over a decoy I use it mostly as a buck decoy. I use it in open areas where it can be seen from a distance. I like to place my decoy 15-20 yards out in front of me, either broadside or quartering towards me. Most of the time a buck will come head-to-head to the decoy. And when he does he will be broadside or quartering away, presenting a good shot opportunity. I also like to do a lot of rattling and grunting. The Heavy Horns Rattle Bag and the Slam Talker grunt call is the combination that works very well for me.
Hunting over a deer decoy can add a tremendous amount of excitement as well as added success. So if you haven’t tried hunting over a deer decoy, give it a try. Good luck, have fun, and be safe.