Pronghorn Decoys

Kiwi

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A couple of years ago I used a decoy to archery hunt pronghorn. The decoy worked well and I got in bow range. Unfortunately I messed up a number of shots but I found the decoy a great way to hunt. I just need more practice!

So am looking to buy a decoy and get it shipped to New Zealand and practice a lot with it.

I used the decoy that had stakes at either end and was placed into the ground. I could get one of these but also was looking at the one that sits right on your bow.

What type and make of decoy do you use and recommend?
 

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I have a montana 2 stake. It will absolutley piss off some bucks and can be fun when archery hunting. Theres no need to "practice" with it... if i had a mount on bow which i have seen but never tried would deffinately want to practice with it mounted.
 

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I have a montana 2 stake. It will absolutley piss off some bucks and can be fun when archery hunting. Theres no need to "practice" with it... if i had a mount on bow which i have seen but never tried would deffinately want to practice with it mounted.
I use a Mel Dutton but they are hard to find now a days. I absolutely would practice with it or at least practice drawing while rising up from a kneeling position to shoot over the decoy. Love decoying during the heat of the rut.
 

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I use a Mel Dutton but they are hard to find now a days. I absolutely would practice with it or at least practice drawing while rising up from a kneeling position to shoot over the decoy. Love decoying during the heat of the rut.
I dont do the hide behind, i usually set it up and sit off to side in a hide of some sort. When bucks come in there not looking at me, focused on that decoy. I will add i am a good sized guy so i would need a elk sized lope decoy to hide behind it...lol
 

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Thanks for the replies!

I had a look at the Montana decoys and I think I used the Eichler Antelope decoy previously.

One thing I found with the set up was getting the stakes into the hard ground was difficult. But I see they sell a ‘quickstand’ which may help, anyone use these?
 

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Thanks for the replies!

I had a look at the Montana decoys and I think I used the Eichler Antelope decoy previously.

One thing I found with the set up was getting the stakes into the hard ground was difficult. But I see they sell a ‘quickstand’ which may help, anyone use these?
I haven't used a quickstand but can't imagine it would be much good since it seems like the wind is always blowing on the prairie. I suppose it would work great on a rare calm day.
 

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I have a Montana and they can and do work. Biggest issues I've had is getting the stakes in the ground so they hold up to wind. One day I successfully got the decoy up without being seen, moved off to a low spot and the lopes where coming, then all of a sudden they froze and turned around. Decoy stake gave out and it was flopping around!

I've also had decent luck holding it infront of me stalking, or even better use a second person
 

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I have a Montana and they can and do work. Biggest issues I've had is getting the stakes in the ground so they hold up to wind. One day I successfully got the decoy up without being seen, moved off to a low spot and the lopes where coming, then all of a sudden they froze and turned around. Decoy stake gave out and it was flopping around!

I've also had decent luck holding it infront of me stalking, or even better use a second person
I’ve had similar problems. I haven’t tried setting up unseen and waiting for them to come in hidden to the side. Sounds like a good plan.
 

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Like Bob said the Montana ones can be a pain or near impossible to stake into hard pan, throw in the wind and you're pissin in the wind.
 

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Going from a stalk to a shot is difficult with the Montana decoy because you have to get the stake into the ground while the antelope are close or coming at a run. Luckily they seem pretty stupid/naïve compared to other big game. The decoy even worked riding a bike to close lots of distance quickly.
 
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