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Would you bring this decoy?
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Contributors to this thread:
Grunter 23-Jul-18
kscowboy 23-Jul-18
Grunter 23-Jul-18
kscowboy 23-Jul-18
PECO 23-Jul-18
Grunter 23-Jul-18
splitlimb13 23-Jul-18
HDE 23-Jul-18
wyobullshooter 23-Jul-18
Dale06 23-Jul-18
Corn bore 23-Jul-18
Unit 9er 24-Jul-18
cnelk 24-Jul-18
JTreeman 24-Jul-18
WFG in NM 24-Jul-18
elkmtngear 24-Jul-18
ElkNut1 24-Jul-18
APauls 24-Jul-18
Surfbow 24-Jul-18
Franklin 24-Jul-18
SD BuckBuster 24-Jul-18
Bowboy 24-Jul-18
drycreek 24-Jul-18
TD 24-Jul-18
Don K 24-Jul-18
trophyhill 24-Jul-18
Grunter 24-Jul-18
Dyjack 24-Jul-18
EmbryOklahoma 24-Jul-18
ki-ke 25-Jul-18
jstephens61 25-Jul-18
From: Grunter
23-Jul-18

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So I recieved this life sized elk picture made of cardboard. Weighs about 1-2 pounds and folds somewhat decently as a tri fold. Would either have to stabilize it more or just lean it up on a tree to stand up. It is kinda big for the pack but wondering what your guys thoughts were. Would you bring this out with you? Seems like it would work good to me

From: kscowboy
23-Jul-18
Ummm. That’s a stag/red deer.

Common mistake. Can’t tell you how many neighborhoods I see with “elk” in the name with stag bronzes.

From: Grunter
23-Jul-18
You're telling me a elk wouldn't think this is a elk?

From: kscowboy
23-Jul-18
No, not saying that but you called it a “life sized elk picture” and it’s not an elk, it’s a stag.

You’ll probably struggle with the bulkiness of that and it would be a pain to lug all over the mountain/pain when it gets wet. Look at the Ultimate Predator decoys that are collapseable and easy to take up and down the mountain in your pack.

From: PECO
23-Jul-18
That might full a raghorn, but it won't fool herd bull. LOL just kidding, I don't know.

From: Grunter
23-Jul-18
Well it looked like a elk to me. Thanks for the correction. I'm calling it a stelk

From: splitlimb13
23-Jul-18
Haha it is a stag but will fool an elk !

From: HDE
23-Jul-18
No, I would not bring that (or any other) decoy. You may find it to be more trouble than it's worth.

23-Jul-18
No.

From: Dale06
23-Jul-18
Nope

From: Corn bore
23-Jul-18
No.

From: Unit 9er
24-Jul-18
Killed a bull once in thick cover using a Montana cow decoy which I propped up in an oak bush and moved ahead of it to cow call. It was a "in the heat of moment" decision. The bull made eye contact with the decoy as he came in and he never saw me at 3 yards. I can't think of a scenario where I would want to fool a bull with a decoy like that...

From: cnelk
24-Jul-18
no

From: JTreeman
24-Jul-18
Not if you were paying me! Well maybe if you paid me enough I would, but it would have to be a lot!

—jim

From: WFG in NM
24-Jul-18
With all that white between the antlers you may as well just hang up a pillowcase. I don't think any elk will look past all that white.

--Bill

From: elkmtngear
24-Jul-18
Just make sure you are alone on the mountain...some idiot might take a frontal shot at you!

From: ElkNut1
24-Jul-18
No sir!

ElkNut/Paul

From: APauls
24-Jul-18
Nope, too big/clumsy, too much white above the antlers, and I couldn't deal with all the guys ragging on me about why I have a huge picture of a stag when I'm elk hunting ;)

The biggest reason (IMO) animals commit to a decoy is when it moves. If you move that thing you're just waving the white flag of surrender. I'd rather use a pure piece of tan fabric and just walk it through the trees.

From: Surfbow
24-Jul-18
With all that white junk on top you might fool a moose, but I doubt you'd fool an elk. You'd be better off cutting the antlers off and making it into a cow decoy...

From: Franklin
24-Jul-18
What has hunting become....geesh. Come on....better wear your glasses with the fake nose too in case any of your friends see with that thing....lol

24-Jul-18
no

From: Bowboy
24-Jul-18
Nope

From: drycreek
24-Jul-18
Paint all that white in a muted camo, then paint some big cajones on him. The cows would come, the bulls would follow. Go for it ! :-)

From: TD
24-Jul-18
What surfbow said...... cut all that white stuff off and make it a cow. All the elk decoys I'm aware of are all cows anyway.

From: Don K
24-Jul-18
Make a great target to practice the frontal

From: trophyhill
24-Jul-18
Nope

From: Grunter
24-Jul-18
Thanks for the feedback. I'm gonna slim it down, cut the horns off and fool a bull. Then I will post my story about how the stelk helped me get my 1st elk. Big dreams here fellas

From: Dyjack
24-Jul-18
Let us know how long it takes you to get tired of carrying it in elk country and drop it.

Red Deer are amazing animals for sure though. Bucket list hunt.

24-Jul-18

From: ki-ke
25-Jul-18
I believe if you convert "him" into a "her", you're gonna create all kinds of identity issues within the local elk herd. What with the big neck and boy parts, but identifying as a girl, the bulls especially will torment "her" to the point of tears. Then there is the whole race issue that you are making an issue about. Stag lives matter. Be a little more sensitive Grunter! Where do you live? I want to stage a protest.

From: jstephens61
25-Jul-18
Stand it in front of my block target and practice frontal shots.

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