Deer decoy tail movementContributors to this thread:
Wild Bill 30-Oct-20
eddie c 01-Nov-20
Cheesehead Mike 03-Nov-20
I found some movement helps when using a decoy so i buy a white womans boa from hobby lobby and make a tail that i screw to decoy. You can add some brown in center if you wish. Moves in even a slight breeze.
If you know a fly-tyer ask if he has any white 'marabou' feathers around.
I think Pete's wife found a white boa in his closet and this is the excuse he came up with. Pete you can dress in boas as long as you hunt. ;)
Agree with JohnMC LOL
Sounds like a great idea, though
Im always thinking
From: Wild Bill
As I understand deer, they move their tail before they walk, which a decoy doesn't. Might make a real deer suspicious and wary. I had a similiar experience with a deer spotting a deer head I placed at the base of a nearby tree. It made the deer visibly nervous.
Tail movement is key. When I have used 3D decoys the tail kept the deer interest, and the does wouldn't spook. They starred at the decoy and everytime the tail moved they starred and took their attention away from me. Also, some movement on the ears, and I use glass eyes which really adds life to a plastic decoy.
From: eddie c
I have a friend that used to build electronic timers for duck decoys. He made a tail timer for his 3d target for a " 2 swish" every 30-60 seconds. I never saw it in action. He said he had does coming in to look at it but everything was on alert.
Does are almost always alert coming into decoys no matter what. I had my buck deke out not too long ago and had an entire bachelor group around it. 6 bucks inside 20 for me, nothing big enough though. Then there was one doe hanging out with them, queer doe I guess I dunno, but she was alert almost the whole time while the bucks has accepted it
Doe fawn tried to eat my decoys tail this morning .
From: Cheesehead Mike
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Here's a thread showing my moveable decoy tail.
When I hunted whitetails out of a treestand I put a real tail on the deke and ran a fishing line up to my treestand, where I installed a foot pedal. Since switching to ground hunting and 2-D Montanas, I clothespin a strip of toilet paper to the rear. That little bit of movement catches their eye sometimes.
I use a Walmart bag and cut one of the handles into the shape of a small tail and hang around the plastic tail.