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Crash Course: Deer Decoy Applications for Hunting Pre-Rut to Post-Rut

There are two basic types of deer decoy styles for whitetail hunting—2D and 3D models—and both have their pros and cons. Utilizing either style before, during and after the annual deer rut can bring an entirely new dimension to your deer hunting.

In this episode of Crash Course, "Decoy Strategies," host Mark Kayser breaks down how to use deer decoys effectively from mid-October into December.

"In the pre-rut, the early rut, you know, late October into early November, you probably want a young buck decoy. And that's because those bucks, they're not breeding yet. They're very territorial and dominant focused just because they're full of adrenaline and testosterone, but they're not breeding. So they're more in the fighting mode, and they'd like to see a buck," Kayser says in the video. "Now, as the rut comes on, you may want to transform your decoy into a doe. And you do that with almost every [decoy] model by taking the antlers off. And now you have a doe decoy when the estrus is going on. So when a buck comes in, it'll want to check out the doe. …"

"In the post-rut, that's definitely late November and into December, a doe [decoy] is probably the best because those bucks are looking for that one last fling."

Learn more in the accompanying video.

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