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Doe Nob
02-23-2011, 04:10 PM
Going to try spot and stalk antelope again this fall. What is the favorite decoy for being mobile and trying to lure in a goat? I know the Montana decoy is a good one, just wanted to see if there were some other recommended brands to look at before I bought one of those.

Adam
02-23-2011, 04:19 PM
In my opinion, the Mel Dutton antelope decoy was the best ever made. It's too bad he quit making them. You can sometimes find one on ebay or random classifieds on the internet. If you find one, snatch it up quick, because I'd bet it will be a while before you find another one for sale.

Doe Nob
02-24-2011, 02:16 PM
Anyone have any experience with this one -

http://www.challengerdecoys.com/

Inflatable, so its lightweight and looks realistic. My main concern is that to decoy effectively it helps to try and sneak to 150 yards or so then throw the decoy up, get inside the comfort zone first, similar to calling turkeys or elk. Not sure you could do that with this decoy since it is so large when inflated and it seems impractical to be inflating and deflating it.

I may just make some out of thin plywood. The renzos are too tiny to hide behind and can be a little flimsy. I havent' hunted the montana, but the reviews I have read say they can be like hanging onto a kite in any kind of wind. And wind is a guarantee in antelope country most of the time.

Adam
02-24-2011, 03:42 PM
Doe Nob,
Making your own is certainly an option. Here's the one I made, as I couldn't find any Mel Duttons and I wanted something close.

Had a photo of an antelope blown up (as close to real life as I could get without having specific measurements) on a professional sign printer. Cut it out and then used some spray adhesive to glue it to two sheets of foam core board. Then I used the big paint sticks you can get from the hardware store to brace the whole back of it (prevent it from collapsing or breaking). Then tied in two straps, much like how you'd carry a shield and voila. A lightweight, sturdy decoy that looks like like the real thing.

http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd64/ajbender5/Decoy.jpg

Just a thought. Works well for me.

bullbuster
02-24-2011, 04:54 PM
I thought about doing the same thing with a cow decoy (moo cow). Anybody had any success with that angle? I think the Montana cow would be tough to walk with, but I like the concept (less intrusive?) The Renzo decoy material is available in 4x8 sheets and could be made to fold the same way.

xrayts
02-25-2011, 12:21 PM
http://bethedecoy.com/

Stringmusic
02-26-2011, 08:41 PM
I have used the Moo cow and and Montana Decoy buck, but if your archery hunting and want a hands free approach take a look at
http://bethedecoy.com/

Looks funny at first, but it works. shot mine at 25 yards. I'm a believer now.

dito
02-26-2011, 11:29 PM
I have the challenger decoy. It's not that realistic looking. So far no luck with it last year. I do like the ease of use(handles better than the Montana decoy, has a nice carry strap and you can actually hold it with your knee as well). I usually inflate it before a stalk and just keep it low and pull it out or use it as a blocker. But so far everything has ran away from it.

I had a buck in at 60 yards with the Montana but wasn't comfortable shooting that far.

I've been looking at this thing: http://outfoxedproducts.com/zebu.htm

Codes
03-31-2011, 09:17 PM
http://bethedecoy.com/


You wouldnt catch me anywhere in the field with that thing on. I dont care if its archery season and on private land. My life is more valuable then trying to harvest a pronghorn with that thing.

Morrison4375
04-01-2011, 09:32 AM
Heads Up Decoys

Stringmusic
04-01-2011, 03:19 PM
You wouldnt catch me anywhere in the field with that thing on. I dont care if its archery season and on private land. My life is more valuable then trying to harvest a pronghorn with that thing.

Not any different than hidding behind a decoy with a real animal print on the front. I'm more worried about getting ran over by a speedgoat than being shot at.

Codes
04-03-2011, 06:28 PM
Not any different than hidding behind a decoy with a real animal print on the front. I'm more worried about getting ran over by a speedgoat than being shot at.

To each his own. A little easier/faster to put down a decoy rather then strip down from that outfit. If it works for you and you are not worried about the nuttz driving around, then more power to you. I have no doubt the outfit works but I do have doubt of the safety. And that is enough for me to look else where.

Dan
04-13-2011, 12:21 PM
I am looking hard at the Moo cow from the link above - http://outfoxedproducts.com/zebu.htm - I have never used decoys before, so can anyone tell me what the antelope do when you start walking toward them with one of these things?
Hunting Antelpoe is my all time favorite hunt. My goal is to stick a nice buck with an arrow.

wby4life
04-22-2011, 07:44 AM
In my opinion, the Mel Dutton antelope decoy was the best ever made. It's too bad he quit making them. You can sometimes find one on ebay or random classifieds on the internet. If you find one, snatch it up quick, because I'd bet it will be a while before you find another one for sale.

Guys:

I had the same problem about two years ago when I started archery antelope hunting. I looked all over for a Mel Dutton, but like Adam said, you can't find them anymore. I know a guy that knew Mel and he also believed they were the best made. At first, I tried the Montana silhouette decoy, but didn't like the way it moved in the wind (I hunt in SD...there is ALWAYS wind...ha).

About that time, I found that Flambeau came out with their version of the Mel Dutton called the "CommAndelope™". I have one of these and we have called in several bucks in the past 2 years (tagged one and missed one). I would strongly recommend it. I looks very realistic from mid-to-far ranges. Its not even bad up close, really. It can be setup or taken down very quickly (maybe 10 secs). It is light and probably could fit in a larger size pack (or strapped to the outside of), but its carry handle makes it really easy to "carry like a briefcase". I can't remember what I paid for it or where I bought it, but it was reasonably priced I felt. You can see what it looks like on Flambeau's website (scroll to bottom):

http://www.decoys.com/big_game/dcoy_big_game.asp#antelope

Also, I recently bought a couple Carry-Lite antelope decoys. I don't really consider these "mobile", per se, but they could be mobile enough to take them down and carry them on your back and go a mile or two to a blind setup. I bought them with the intent of using them around a ground blind setup when I am not being aggressive and going to the antelope with the CommAndelope (depends on time of year and maybe even time of day). Also, it didn't hurt that I got each of them new from Cabela's for $60 as they were discontinued for the new model (old model was $160). Let me know if you have any questions and good luck!

TwistedFrogs
05-08-2011, 01:39 PM
Have you seen/tried the Be the Decoy from speedgoat hats? http://bethedecoy.com/ i am in the testimonials with my brother.. it works when the rut is on they come running

Stringmusic
05-08-2011, 04:53 PM
Have you seen/tried the Be the Decoy from speedgoat hats? http://bethedecoy.com/ i am in the testimonials with my brother.. it works when the rut is on they come running

How did it work for you before the rut? Worked better for me before and after the rut. The bucks were less aggressive, and more calm.

dito
05-10-2011, 10:27 AM
How did it work for you before the rut? Worked better for me before and after the rut. The bucks were less aggressive, and more calm.

How do you keep from laughing when using it? I think I'd be out there giggling like a school girl.

T43
05-10-2011, 11:18 AM
To each his own. A little easier/faster to put down a decoy rather then strip down from that outfit. If it works for you and you are not worried about the nuttz driving around, then more power to you. I have no doubt the outfit works but I do have doubt of the safety. And that is enough for me to look else where.

Isn't it just a hat? I figure it would come off easy enough if anyone was around. Partially for safety and partially to keep people from thinking I had gone loony.

Stringmusic
05-13-2011, 08:35 AM
How do you keep from laughing when using it? I think I'd be out there giggling like a school girl.

The first time I used it, this group of antelope came walking right towards us. My friend and I were out in the open, so I didn't think it would work, but they just started coming to us. I keep saying "you have to be kidding me" over and over. I was laughing with surprise.

http://youtu.be/Im9GOJG8voM

Liv2HntBigBullz
06-15-2011, 09:44 AM
How do you guys use decoys in a ground blind setup. Dad bought a full body buck from Flambeau last year when they were dirt cheap. However, we cannot figure out how to effectively use it. It is too bulky to really sneak within effective charge distance. So I am guessing it should primarily be used for ground blind setups.

Also what are some good tips on decoying. I have a large ranch to hunt with tons of goats on it but cannot seem to get in close enough for a bow shot. These goats are super spooky (not sure why we are the only ones with permission and can only archery hunt) so spot and stalk has been dang near impossible. However, I can get within 80-100 yds, just curious how to get those bucks to close in another 40 yards or so in order to stick one.

elkmtngear
06-15-2011, 09:54 AM
If you can get to the 80 yard mark undetected, flash the decoy at the herd buck. Sometimes, if you approach behind the decoy, into the wind, in a kind of semi-circle, it can set him off, and he'll charge inside 40 yards. They will usually charge toward your downwind side.

I have heard accounts of herd bucks actually coming in and butting the decoy, but I have never personally seen it.

Most of the hunters I know that kill a lot of antelope from ground blinds do not use a decoy. Or, if they do, it is a doe decoy.

Best of Luck,
Jeff

Stringmusic
06-15-2011, 10:17 AM
How do you guys use decoys in a ground blind setup. Dad bought a full body buck from Flambeau last year when they were dirt cheap. However, we cannot figure out how to effectively use it. It is too bulky to really sneak within effective charge distance. So I am guessing it should primarily be used for ground blind setups.

Also what are some good tips on decoying. I have a large ranch to hunt with tons of goats on it but cannot seem to get in close enough for a bow shot. These goats are super spooky (not sure why we are the only ones with permission and can only archery hunt) so spot and stalk has been dang near impossible. However, I can get within 80-100 yds, just curious how to get those bucks to close in another 40 yards or so in order to stick one.

As far as decoying when using a ground blind, I would say leave the decoy at home. My experience has been when you set up a decoy near a water source, the antelope do come in, but circle down wind everytime. When they don't smell what they want to, then they get a little spooky. Your best bet is to set up on water that has been recently used by antelope. Leave the decoy in the blind. Or use the decoy to get to the blind if you show during daylight. If antelope are at a far distance they may see the decoy as a antelope going to water. This tactic has worked.



If your decoying to get a buck to come running in, your looking at a very short window of time. This is going to be sometime during September. Are you hunting with little or no terrain to use as cover?

Liv2HntBigBullz
06-15-2011, 05:11 PM
Yes this terrain has some rolling hills that you can use to get in front of moving goats. It also has just enough to barely conceal one to about 100 yards then hiding behind really sparsely grazed grass isn't enough.

What should I look for when determining if the hot time is occurring? I am guessing bucks running each other off...also any other ideas to getting in close. I tried the ground blind on water technique but I cannot for the life of me figure out where these goats go to water. I will see them hit one hole one day and can be on the ajoining property water the next. How can I figure out what these goats are doing? Obviously it is a cattle ranch and the cattle hit water 2 times a day and wipe out a lot of the sign. It is frustrating, might not even give it a go this year. But we'll see when that time rolls around.

Stringmusic
06-15-2011, 07:37 PM
Yes this terrain has some rolling hills that you can use to get in front of moving goats. It also has just enough to barely conceal one to about 100 yards then hiding behind really sparsely grazed grass isn't enough.

What should I look for when determining if the hot time is occurring? I am guessing bucks running each other off...also any other ideas to getting in close. I tried the ground blind on water technique but I cannot for the life of me figure out where these goats go to water. I will see them hit one hole one day and can be on the ajoining property water the next. How can I figure out what these goats are doing? Obviously it is a cattle ranch and the cattle hit water 2 times a day and wipe out a lot of the sign. It is frustrating, might not even give it a go this year. But we'll see when that time rolls around.

Aggressive bucks, and single bucks with larger herds of does are key. The best time to spot and stalk antelope is actually not during the rut. The bucks are less aggressive, more calm, and much more esy to pattern. Based on the type of terrain your hunting, I would suggest you try out the antelope decoy from http://bethedecoy.com/. You still want to use as much terrain as you can to stay un-seen as long as possible. With the sun on the horizon, and at your back, you will be surprized how close you can get. When the antelope is looking at you, just stop and wait for it to relax and go back to feeding or bedding. When it does, keep getting closer. You also need to be able to shoot your bow out to longer ranges. It's worth a try. You can't do that with just camo. It's another tool to have.

Blind hunting is still your best odds of kiling a speed goat. Your just have to be willing to wait. While sitting in a blind you may only get one chance a day, but spot and stalking may give you many more chances during a single day. It's all what you like to do. Its hunting.