Decoys – Seeing Is Believing

Melissa Bachman |

As many of us are spending the summer months getting our guns and gear in check for the long awaited fall, it’s also a good time to think about new methods or gear you may want to give a try this fall. Right now, I’m getting my .300 Win. Mag dialed in with the Winchester Ballistic Silvertips in a 180-grain bullet. This will be my go-to gun for several hunts this fall.

Now that I have my gun and ammo all setup, another thing that I’ve picked up over the past few years is a real love for hunting with decoys. Whether it’s chasing whitetails in South Dakota, stalking antelope in Montana, or bringing in a bugling bull, I’ve found that decoys make any hunt even more exciting.

One of the first things many people think when the idea of a decoy is presented is that they’re too big and bulky for their style of hunting. That can be true, but I’ve been using the fold-up Montana Decoys out west for both elk and antelope and have had incredible luck. They fold up extremely small and can be a huge help when bringing an animal in close and getting them to cut the distance into range. Not only are they good for bringing an animal in, but they can also be extremely helpful when trying to make your way across open terrain without getting busted.

I’m sure there are people out there who think a one-dimensional decoy can’t really be that much of an advantage in the field, and for those people…seeing is believing! Checkout this great video I’ve put together showing how helpful a cow elk decoy can be at bringing elk right into your lap.