By Tracy Breen
Levi Morgan is one of the most recognized names in archery today. He wins a pile of archery tournaments every year and is one heck of a hunter. One of his favorite things to hunt is big whitetails. Over the last several years, he has been hunting whitetails over a Dave Smith deer decoy and loves how close bucks come to the decoy when he is bowhunting. “I love watching deer react to a good doe decoy. Bucks love to come in and check them out,” Morgan explained.
Decoys can really help bowhunters punch a tag because a decoy can quickly distract a a big buck. “I love hunting over decoys because a bowhunter needs a buck close. Getting a shot is much easier when the buck is distracted by the decoy,” Morgan added.
When setting up a decoy, Morgan prefers having the decoy facing his treestand so when a buck approaches the decoy to face off, he will give Morgan a broadside or quartering away shot before he is about to attack the buck decoy. Of course Morgan prefers to have the wind in his face and the decoy out in front of him twenty or thirty yards away so he can take a close shot. “I can take longer shots, but the wonderful thing about a decoy is I can put it right in front of me and know exactly how far away it is so when the shot opportunity presents itself, I don’t have much guess work before the shot.”
One issue Morgan says happens occasionally when a buck approaches a decoy is it gets spooked because the decoy isn’t moving. “To reduce the chances of a buck getting spooked, I use a Wyndscent vapor deer scent unit. I place the unit right under the decoy so when a buck approaches the decoy, he smells real deer scent. It vaporizes urine and the scent travels extremely far as it is heated up and vaporized.”
One thing Morgan has noticed about using the scent is even when the wind direction isn’t just right, the scent peaks the curiosity of a buck and then comes in. “I have had bucks catch my wind, get a little spooky, but come in when they smell the Wyndscent unit. The scent is strong and works much better than pouring scent onto the ground. The Dave Smith decoy combined with a Wyndscent is a great combo.”
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