I thought I would bring this topic up as I just had an intersestig experience with a doe decoy. Actually I can also put some horns on the decoy and Whaalaa, I've got a small 6 pointer! I've had reasonable success with a decoy in the right situations, and it accomplishes many desirable results, but as well, if not properly thought out, it can serve as a deterrent to other deer, bucks and does.
Last evening, I had it set as a doe who was just beginning to enter a bean field from a 20 acre wood lot. She was about 20 feet out of the woods, looking into the field. My purpose was to cause a sense of comfort in the immediate area for does and yearlings, and as the bucks are beginning to become more doe curious right now, its sort of my way of gauging how far a way the chase phase is. Anyway, I seen 5 does ,all over 200 yds away, and they all seen the decoy, letting me know that it was no big deal, by slight flicks of thier tail back and forth. When it was time to leave they were still in the field, and I knew they would be most of the night, so I decided to leave the decoy all night rather than bump the deer. As I went in this morning, the does were still in the feild and the decoy was on its side. after the deer went into the adjacent corn field (thats really messing up my funnel right now ) I went to retrieve the decoy. It had a big ole hoof print in the foam side ( its a Delta ) and the 3/8 all thread that I use for a stake, which runs up the leg about 12", was bent at 45 degrees! Some deer somewhere wasn't feeling to sociable last night!
I'm wanna hear about your decoy experiences.