Whitetail Hunters: A Simple Decoying Trick for Avoiding Tag Soup in 2019

Did your 2018 whitetail season come to close with an unpunched deer tag? If so, then it’s time to use this simple and affordable decoying trick to change your luck next archery season.

Whitetail Hunters: A Simple Decoying Trick for Avoiding Tag Soup in 2019

As bowhunters, we sometimes fall into the same old pattern weekend after weekend, even year after year. Next deer season, vow to change it up, and by doing so, chances are good that you’ll change your luck, too.

Surprisingly, many bowhunters still don’t use a deer decoy to close the deal on the whitetail. Perhaps the reason is cost, which is understandable because many deer decoys are expensive. Or maybe you don’t like the idea of lugging a bulky and noisy deer decoy through the woods. For whatever reason you haven’t joined the deer decoying club, the two products below should change your opinion on this crazy-effective tactic.

Montana Decoy Deer Rump

All whitetail hunters, regardless of whether they pursue animals on private or public land, should celebrate because they now have a super-realistic, highly portable decoy they can pack in and out without the noise and headaches of full-bodied options. The Deer Rump ($70) from Montana Decoy (717-566-1658; www.montanadecoy.com) folds down so small it will easily fit into a daypack, and it weighs only 32 ounces. This decoy is a game-changer for folks looking to experience the thrill of decoying literally anywhere they pursue whitetails.

Thanks to long stakes, the Montana Decoy Deer Rump will stay securely in the ground even in fairly strong winds.
Thanks to long stakes, the Montana Decoy Deer Rump will stay securely in the ground even in fairly strong winds.

Wildlife Research Center Select Doe Urine

Doe urine can be an effective draw for bucks all season long, not just during the rut. Deer are naturally curious, and they’ll swing in to take a closer sniff if they happen to catch a whiff of a strange deer in their territory. This is where Select Doe Urine ($7) from Wildlife Research Center (800-873-5873; www.wildlife.com) comes into play. Simply hang a scent wick near your stand or drag a rag to it with Select Doe Urine and get ready for ungulate visitors of all varieties.

Wildlife Research Center Select Doe Urine will attract curious bucks and does from opening day until the close of archery deer season.
Wildlife Research Center Select Doe Urine will attract curious bucks and does from opening day until the close of archery deer season.

A few tips for using these two products in combo:

  • Set up the Montana Decoy Deer Rump near the edge of natural woodland opening, or on the edge of an ag field. Make it look like the doe is browsing on brush. Distance from your treestand should be 15-20 yards; set up the decoy so a buck provides you with a broadside shot as he walks toward the decoy’s rump.
  • Attach a scent wick soaked in Wildlife Research Center Select Doe Urine to the stake of the decoy. A simple twist tie works well. Be careful to avoid leaving behind human odor in the process. Wear latex gloves when handling the decoy and scent wick, and spray your rubber boots with odor-killing spray. Finally, drip some Select Doe Urine on the ground 5-10 yards away from the decoy, in line with a buck’s likely approach path.
  • Be ready to shoot as the buck drops his nose to smell the doe urine on the ground before he reaches the decoy. He’ll probably stop naturally as he cautiously approaches.
  • While this decoying system will certainly work well during the rut, it can be used as early as opening day. And because it’s not uncommon for a doe to be curious and approach another doe, especially a stranger such as this one, it’s a great technique for punching an antlerless tag.


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