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.
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):
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!
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 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.