“Are you trying to prove something,” my wife asked, when I tugged my 4th or 5th layer of clothes on before heading out the door to hunt. It was the evening before Thanksgiving, my last chance to hunt before taking a break to give thanks with my family, and then hang with my kids on Black Friday as my wife took her turn to go hunting (shopping). The temperature was just 3 degrees, so I guess the thought of sitting in a ground blind for several hours did sound a little crazy. Particularly since I’d already punched my last buck tag and I’d be hunting for nothing more than does. I didn’t bother trying to explain to my wife the reasoning behind my madness. It’s simply the love of the game. When the thought of droppin’ the string on an unsuspecting whitetail doe warms you enough to endure hours of sitting in the snow, in single digit temps…you know you got it bad.
On this hunt, I set up a couple of the Playmate decoys from Montana Decoy, really tight to my blind. The feeder position decoys tend to draw deer out of curiousity, and keeps them on the scene longer because of the confidence factor they display. Deer come in at ease, instead of making a guarded approach. They also tend to come closer because they are trying to get the decoys attention…and to make eye contact. They are pretty slick! On this Thanksgiving Eve hunt, I had nothing more than a lonely, young buck come in to investigate the decoys….but, watching his interaction with the decoys was worth the sit…even if it was only 3 degrees! I’ve had a blast the last few weeks putting decoys to work. You just never know what kind of encounter you’ll have when hunting with decoys.
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