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Decoy tail...important?
Whitetail Deer
Contributors to this thread:
Grubby 20-Oct-19
JTV 20-Oct-19
Bou'bound 20-Oct-19
Kodiak 20-Oct-19
Paul@thefort 20-Oct-19
Paul@thefort 20-Oct-19
Grubby 20-Oct-19
Jaquomo 20-Oct-19
Grubby 20-Oct-19
Grubby 20-Oct-19
Shawn 20-Oct-19
blackbear62 20-Oct-19
sitO 20-Oct-19
SaltyB 20-Oct-19
Cheesehead Mike 20-Oct-19
Grubby 24-Oct-19
Old School 24-Oct-19
darralld 24-Oct-19
From: Grubby
20-Oct-19
I just dug my decoy out, I think he’s gonna get a field trip in the next week....sometime since last fall he lost his tail.

Would you run him without? Make something? How important is that tail?

From: JTV
20-Oct-19
movement helps .......... try a strip of white cloth (descented of course) ..

From: Bou'bound
20-Oct-19
I would not run him without a tail.

From: Kodiak
20-Oct-19
Very important imo.

I use a little chunk of a white winter ghillie suit. Moves in the slightest wind.

From: Paul@thefort
20-Oct-19

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As suggested add a tail of some sort. If you have a real deer tail around , hang it. A white plastic bag strip or a light weight white cloth, or even a strip of white paper towel can work.

Now, will it make any real difference with no tail? I surely doubt it but then..........

From: Paul@thefort
20-Oct-19

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not sure if this Kansas buck even cared if the decoy had a tail or not. I know he saw a buck with a rack in his area. Shot at 15 yards and 10 ft from the decoy.
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not sure if this Kansas buck even cared if the decoy had a tail or not. I know he saw a buck with a rack in his area. Shot at 15 yards and 10 ft from the decoy.

From: Grubby
20-Oct-19
Ok..... arts and crafts time.....

From: Jaquomo
20-Oct-19
I use 2D Montana decoys and clip a strip of toilet paper to the rumps. Really does seem to catch their eye when it flutters.

When I first started muley hunting with decoys they paid little attention to whitetail decoys. They I talked with a biologist friend who said muleys are more visually oriented than whitetails and the white rump is a visual trigger. So I doctored a couple whitetail decoys to have a prominent white rump and black tipped tail and the game totally changed.

From: Grubby
20-Oct-19

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Hot melt glued some felt together over a wire
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Hot melt glued some felt together over a wire

From: Grubby
20-Oct-19

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I’ll add a safety pin to attach some tp

From: Shawn
20-Oct-19
A big white turkey feather or chicken feather!! One for tail and a small whitefeather on an ear. Movement is good! Shawn

From: blackbear62
20-Oct-19
Shawn that's exactly what do. The slightest breeze makes them flicker. Mark

From: sitO
20-Oct-19
I've never used a tail, and have had 50-75 deer come to a buck decoy(Flambeau Boss/HUD)...think you're good either way bud.

From: SaltyB
20-Oct-19

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I use a decoy a LOT. I swear by a tail wagger. You need some movement.

20-Oct-19
I got one of those long skinny springs used for closing screen doors, inserted a piece of coat hangar wire inside of it, removed the bone from a real deer tail, boraxed it and sewed it around the spring. Then I drilled a hole the same diameter as the spring in the rump of the decoy and inserted the spring with the tail on it into the rump. The coat hangar wire inside the spring allows me to bend an arc into the tail. I attached a fishing snap swivel to the spring near the tip of the tail that I can attach fishing line to and tug on the fishing line to move the tail when I want to. I sometimes screw an eye-screw into the base of my tree and run the fishing line thru it so the line runs along the ground from the decoy to my tree and then straight up the tree to my stand.

From: Grubby
24-Oct-19

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Ready for action
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Ready for action

From: Old School
24-Oct-19
I use a white cloth handkerchief. Cut strips in it so it lightly flickers in the wind. Hang it diagonally.

-Mitch

From: darralld
24-Oct-19
I have the waggin tail that Primos put out. It works great. Tail runs off remote. Movement is very important.

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