Home Blog  
Archery Decoys During the Rut?

Decoys During the Rut?

Deer decoys can be a pain to transport into the woods and have to be used correctly, but it can be a worthwhile strategy for the whitetail rut.

Most bowhunters won’t head into the field without a grunt call and rattle bag in the fall, but deer decoys are not nearly as popular. While calls and attractants can easily fit inside a pack with other archery gear, a decoy is big and bulky. It can be tough to haul yet another thing into the woods, but during the rut, it just might be worth the hassle.

Deer decoys have the potential to spook deer if you don’t do everything right. And even when you do, they won’t work every single time. But during the wonderful time of year when even the biggest bucks are making mistakes in the middle of the day, they have the potential to draw in a monster.

Paired with the right scents and sounds at the right time, a doe or small buck decoy could bring Mr. November in fast.

It’s important to deploy the corresponding scent close by — but not directly on — your decoy. This will help minimize your human scent near the decoy while making the trap that much more realistic and irresistible.

Strategic calling can also play a major role in the success of this tactic. Stick to sounds that match your decoy too — if you’re using a doe decoy, sound like a doe and ditch the rattle bag. But be sure not to call or rattle when once a deer spots the decoy.

Placement of the decoy is critical as well. Consider wind direction and where you expect deer to approach in relation to your treestand. You want to position your decoy so you’re set up for the perfect shot should a buck go for the bait.

If it all comes together, be ready! An amped up buck can show up in range in seconds, so be prepared to make a perfect shot at any time.

Even if your decoy draws in a deer that isn’t a shooter, it can still be a blast to watch a buck respond. Observing deer behavior, even when it doesn’t result in a kill, is always entertaining and makes for a successful day in the field.

author avatar
The Bow Bully
The Bow Bully discusses a variety of archery topics and offers tips, advice and the occasional nudge to make you a better bowhunter. With years of experience, and an attitude to match, you'll find the Bully has something to offer both beginners and seasoned hunters.

4 thoughts on “Decoys During the Rut?”

  1. I’m sure they can be effective as my BIL used to set one up in the field across from the farm house. It wasn’t to attract deer,,, but spotlighters. He would stick an old mounted head and an old hide on a 2×4 frame and count the bullet holes in the before the rifle season. Always more than 20.

    But I was there on morning and watched a little fork horn try to fight with it. Knocked it over and got tangled up on the frame. The rut makes them do some crazy things.

    Here, in Pa, decoys and bait for deer are not legal, tho.


Leave a Comment

Buy With Confidence

  • Free Shipping

    Get FREE shipping on qualifying orders! Any order $150+ with a shipping address in the contiguous US will receive the option for free ground shipping on items sold & shipped by Pyramyd AIR during checkout. Certain restrictions apply.

    Free shipping may not be combined with a coupon unless stated otherwise.

    View Shipping Info

  • Shipping Time Frame

    We work hard to get all orders placed by 12 pm EST out the door within 24 hours on weekdays because we know how excited you are to receive your order. Weekends and holiday shipping times will vary.

    During busy holidays, we step our efforts to ship all orders as fast as possible, but you may experience an additional 1-2 day delay before your order ships. This may also happen if you change your order during processing.

    View Shipping Times

  • Shipping Restrictions

    It's important to know that due to state and local laws, there are certain restrictions for various products. It's up to you to research and comply with the laws in your state, county, and city. If you live in a state or city where air guns are treated as firearms you may be able to take advantage of our FFL special program.

    U.S. federal law requires that all airsoft guns are sold with a 1/4-inch blaze orange muzzle or an orange flash hider to avoid the guns being mistaken for firearms.

    View Shipping Restrictions

  • Expert Service and Repair

    Get the most out of your equipment when you work with the expert technicians at Pyramyd AIR. With over 25 years of combined experience, we offer a range of comprehensive in-house services tailored to kickstart your next adventure.

    If you're picking up a new air gun, our team can test and tune the equipment before it leaves the warehouse. We can even set up an optic or other equipment so you can get out shooting without the hassle. For bowhunters, our certified master bow technicians provide services such as assembly, optics zeroing, and full equipment setup, which can maximize the potential of your purchase.

    By leveraging our expertise and precision, we ensure that your equipment is finely tuned to meet your specific needs and get you ready for your outdoor pursuits. So look out for our services when shopping for something new, and let our experts help you get the most from your outdoor adventures.

    View Service Info

  • Warranty Info

    Shop and purchase with confidence knowing that all of our air guns (except airsoft) are protected by a minimum 1-year manufacturer's warranty from the date of purchase unless otherwise noted on the product page.

    A warranty is provided by each manufacturer to ensure that your product is free of defect in both materials and workmanship.

    View Warranty Details

  • Exchanges / Refunds

    Didn't get what you wanted or have a problem? We understand that sometimes things aren't right and our team is serious about resolving these issues quickly. We can often help you fix small to medium issues over the phone or email.

    If you need to return an item please read our return policy.

    Learn About Returns

Get FREE shipping on qualifying orders! Any order $150+ with a shipping address in the contiguous US will receive the option for free ground shipping on items sold & shipped by Pyramyd AIR during checkout. Certain restrictions apply.

Free shipping may not be combined with a coupon unless stated otherwise.

View Shipping Info

Text JOIN to 91256 and get $10 OFF Your Next $50+ Order!

* By providing your number above, you agree to receive recurring autodialed marketing text msgs (e.g. cart reminders) to the mobile number used at opt-in from Pyramyd AIR on 91256. Reply with birthday MM/DD/YYYY to verify legal age of 18+ in order to receive texts. Consent is not a condition of purchase. Msg frequency may vary. Msg & data rates may apply. Reply HELP for help and STOP to cancel. See Terms and Conditions & Privacy Policy.