Sitka Mountain Gear
New tool for Antelope
Pronghorn
Contributors to this thread:
Bigdan 21-Jul-19
Bou'bound 21-Jul-19
midwest 21-Jul-19
Elite 1 21-Jul-19
BC 21-Jul-19
T Mac 21-Jul-19
Ambush 21-Jul-19
pointingdogs 21-Jul-19
t-roy 21-Jul-19
walking buffalo 21-Jul-19
JL 21-Jul-19
Franklin 21-Jul-19
drycreek 21-Jul-19
Bigdan 21-Jul-19
Bigdan 21-Jul-19
grizzley21 21-Jul-19
Ambush 21-Jul-19
The last savage 21-Jul-19
Jaquomo 21-Jul-19
BIG BEAR 21-Jul-19
Franklin 21-Jul-19
jingalls 21-Jul-19
Buffalo1 22-Jul-19
DL 22-Jul-19
ROUGHCOUNTRY 23-Jul-19
Blue Buck 23-Jul-19
Bigdan 23-Jul-19
Adventurewriter 24-Jul-19
StickFlicker 24-Jul-19
Fauntleroy 24-Jul-19
Ermine 25-Jul-19
walking buffalo 25-Jul-19
From: Bigdan
21-Jul-19

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I'm getting ready to head to Nevada for my antelope hunt I also have a antelope tag here in Montana that opens aug 15th I have Blinds to set water a Antelope decoy Now add my new Moo cow decoy that my buddy built for me to stalk with I really like the touch with the ear tag The hole under the tag is my spy hole

From: Bou'bound
21-Jul-19
Looks real

From: midwest
21-Jul-19
Good luck, Bigdan!

From: Elite 1
21-Jul-19
Should patent that bad boy go into production

From: BC
21-Jul-19
007 too.

From: T Mac
21-Jul-19
Now that’s next level thinking....good luck

From: Ambush
21-Jul-19
Looks great! You should add a light pole with a hinged at the head to make a tripod affect. A hockey stick shape would give you something to stand on with one foot. When you're ready to shoot, it won't fall over.

Good luck, would love to see some video of you and Missus Moo in action!

From: pointingdogs
21-Jul-19
Make sure the peek hole is big enough. I know when using those umbrella Turkey decoys that the hole looks big, however, it really limits your span of vision.

From: t-roy
21-Jul-19
Looks great, Dan. What type of material is it made of?

21-Jul-19
Give it a real test before taking it to the dance.

Will the support system work on hard dirt, not a soft lawn? How does it handle a wind when standing? Can you carry it in a wind, or while sneaking into a set-up, for a mile or two??

While it will probably do the job in the right conditions, you might end up just leaving it in the field out of frustration.

From: JL
21-Jul-19
What if all the cows are brown or white or maybe the herd bull is frisky? :-)

From: Franklin
21-Jul-19
I know folks that have already tried this and it WORKS. If your area holds both it`s a killer.

Just make sure they are not Herefords or Red Angus....lol

From: drycreek
21-Jul-19
The James Bond of cattle ? The hockey stick shaped prop seems like a good idea. Pvc pipe maybe ? I’ll bet it works, good luck and let us know !

From: Bigdan
21-Jul-19

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Its about 5 lbs made out of Masonite

From: Bigdan
21-Jul-19

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also the carry handle

From: grizzley21
21-Jul-19
if the wind is really blowing you might have a problem,,,

From: Ambush
21-Jul-19
Well thought out!

What are you going to use for the swishing tail?

21-Jul-19
Right on Danno I love to see hunters fabricating what they need!!! Keeping the mind sharp,always thinking of how to solve the next problem...it will work great ! Keep us posted..

From: Jaquomo
21-Jul-19
Dan, let us know how it works for you. Ive tried a couple different moo cows for stalking pronghorns and they got real nervous. Have had better luck on muleys with them. Good luck and have a great hunt!

From: BIG BEAR
21-Jul-19
Hopefully some drunken rednecks don’t try to tip you over :-)

From: Franklin
21-Jul-19
The Pronghorn will take one look at that and say....."crap, there goes the neighborhood".

From: jingalls
21-Jul-19
Dan, you have to post the story and pics with the new decoy...PLEASE! Good luck!

From: Buffalo1
22-Jul-19
Nice work- hoping that you have success with the decoy.

From: DL
22-Jul-19

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Don’t bend over to pick your bow up if Bubba is out there. Should work. Two of us hid behind a Montana decoy and angled toward some with success.

From: ROUGHCOUNTRY
23-Jul-19
Good luck Dan:)

From: Blue Buck
23-Jul-19
What's the best camo to wear with that? Maybe just wear solid black?

From: Bigdan
23-Jul-19
i plan on all black just like in my blind

24-Jul-19
Don't want to be a wet blanket...got a moo cow tried it a half a dozen times and they got nervous and left even when I was just trying to cross and open spot 300 yards away....I got a roll of reflective Mylar and going to put together a mirror blind...heard some crazy good things from skeptics

From: StickFlicker
24-Jul-19

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Good luck with it Dan. I actually talked about using a cow decoy for pronghorn in an article I wrote on pronghorn hunting in Outdoor Life back in the late 90's. It was the first time I had seen the idea mentioned in writing anywhere. I made one a few years ago and tried it, but never got a shot. They seemed nervous of it if I came within 150 yards. Yours seems more easily moved than my larger version. A friend did kill one with a long shot and using a cow decoy as a blind at a water hole about 10 years ago. Good luck. I look forward to seeing how it works for you.

From: Fauntleroy
24-Jul-19
The wife called ours the "boo" cow after it scared all the antelope away. If you get it to work post up the tactics used. Maybe throw some nails on the end of the "tripod" for better grip in the ground in the wind if you can. Looks great visually.

From: Ermine
25-Jul-19
I made and used one years ago. It worked awesome

I walked right up to a bedded buck. He finally stood up because the wind was blowing at him and I think he smelled me and knew that wasn’t the right smell for the decoy.

The issue I had was when I went to full draw to shoot the decoy blew over in the wind and spooked him

25-Jul-19
Ermine, another correct review is that the decoy design failed.

Bigdan, In trying to help you avoid painful disappointment in the field. As Ermine described, a decoy just resting on the ground is going to pose problems, You need to take this beast out for a field test. What are you going to do if your on a slope, facing up or down or across, repositioning as the animal moves? How are you going to keep the decoy upright and shoot? I think you are in for some funky gymnastics.

I can't help but be reminded of how a Pronghorn sized decoy catches the wind while just walking around. Take your cow for a walk during a good breeze. Is that loose third leg a bitch? ;)

As noted earlier, that peephole is way too small. Cut it 4x the size, cover the hole with black window screen. This will give you a good view while eliminating movement from the prey's perspective.

Have fun!

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