Can you use turkey decoys for deer hunting?
Bet your thinking nope, you can’t use turkey decoys for deer hunting. Bet your thinking the deer will stomp and blow. Bet your thinking it will mess up the hunt. I bet with most turkey decoys you are correct, but lets break it down.
When should one use turkey decoys for deer hunting?
The only time I like to use turkey decoys for deer hunting is when I am in an area with a lot of birds, and the deer are not hitting the fields till after dark. When the deer go nocturnal, it’s either from the weather or pressure, and if it’s pressure, a turkey decoy can be a great confidence booster. But don’t go out with your bogus foam decoy that looks more like a giant robin. Giant robins and bad decoys make deer nervous, and will only compound your problems.
You can use the best turkey decoys for deer hunting
At least in my limited experience, the you can use the best turkey decoys for deer hunting. The problem with most turkey decoys is they don’t look like turkeys. They don’t look like turkeys to you, and they don’t look like turkeys to most deer or turkeys either. Take a serious look at the lineup online or next time you are in Cabelas and it’s almost laughable. Sure they kill turkeys over them, but you don’t get near as much of the butt kicking hen breeding action from a piece of foam as you do with a Zink, Dave Smith Decoy, or a Dakota Extreme Jake. Realism sells people on decoys, and it works equally as well on turkeys and deer. Check out the clip below filmed in one weekend in Nebraska, and know you can use top notch turkey decoys for deer hunting.