This fall confirmed a thought I had this past spring.
Turkey decoys can work for deer in the fall.
2 years ago I was hunting spring turkey, with a blind and turkey
decoys set up then had a 6 point in velvet come right in to 25 yards.
He stood there fixed upon the jake, just 25 yards in front of the blind,
for about 2 to 3 minuets, broadside shot (this is in April). Then slowly
This year, this fall (Oct. 12th) I had the blind set up and decoys out had
a doe come up and stand broadside at 25 yards with eyes fixed on the
turkey decoy spread, lifted a leg about to stomp and snort. She totally ignored the blind.
Both times the blind was not brushed in or set up days before.
My original thought was deer are curious about turkeys and will come
in to check out the decoys just to see ?
I think they do.
I couldn’t take a shot at the buck it was April, I didn’t hit the doe because
I caught the support rod in the matrix at the corner of the front window
(she came in on my right only to the window opening and stopped.)
The hardest part about using turkey decoys for both deer and turkeys
in the fall is figuring out both ways they might come in.
You set up your decoys for the birds based upon which way they go for
that spot, but the deer may have trails that cross the same area only in
different directions. Thats the problem.
Just something I learned this year.
Joined: 9/27/2012This is so funny. I have had so many deer come in to my turkey decoys in the spring. I have dozens of pictures of deer standing right over my decoys examining them and I have always joked with my buddies about bringing them out with me during deer season. Just never took the time to do it. Maybe next year Ill give it a go.
Joined: 2/24/2006Deer hang out where Turkeys are so it should work."The party in Hades has been canceled due to fire.
Joined: 2/24/2006Deer hang out where Turkeys are so it should work."The party in Hades has been canceled due to fire.Thanks for posting that picture Mike, it sums up exactly what I was
trying to say. They work but you need to figure out the best spot to locate
the spread to offer a broadside shot at a deer and turkey both.
Another diversion I thought of was to set up a blind and turkey decoys
then use a climbing tree stand to shoot from, for turkeys that get wise
to seeing the blind. Havn’t tried this one yet, requires quite a bit more
setup time and work cartin’ all the stuff in and out.
Location: Call me...867-5309Maybe it’s a confidence thing? They see the turkeys and know it’s safe right there?The end is near....That’s what I thought when the buck stopped by in the spring but
when the doe came by this fall I wondered if it’s more a curiosity
response because they don’t get to come in that close to real
birds without them walking away.
Someone told me years ago they compete for acorns and don’t
get along so to speak but are found in the same areas because they
like acorns. I don’t think so.
I think they are aware of each other but don’t trust them anymore
than they trust us, but just the same are curious. Want to check it out.
I think it might be like this..
Every year we go out before predawn and the stars are out with
our penlight flashlights and setup our climbers then comense to
start off another opening day of fall deer season.
We see the moon, shooting stars and such, waiting for sunrise
on opining day.
We do this year after year.
One year it’s different, yes it starts out the same but that shooting
star hits the ground this time, just 100 yards from your stand.
So you JUST have to go see. (lord have mercy)
Turns out to be an alian pod half burried in the ground.
So you walk closer, yes ?
Something like that.
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