Best Deer Decoys for Hunting Reviewed & Rated for Performance
There are many different factors which can lead to a successful hunting trip. Between the location, the time of the hunt and shooting equipment, these are some of the most important components which can lead to you catching a lot of different prey. Another aspect, which can make any deer hunting expedition from a good one into a great one, is the use of hunting decoys. In this guide, we will take a look at some of the best deer decoys available on the market today. With a deer decoy, the more life-like it looks and acts the greater success you will have. The purpose of the decoy is to draw deer over closer to you, which should be better than setting up no decoy at all.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 12 hrs of research
Great paint job
- Primos Scarface Decoy
- Flambeau Masters Doe Deer Decoy
- Montana Decoy Eichler Elk
- Montana Feeding Elk
- Dream Team Buck and Doe
- Bow-mounted Mule Deer Decoy
- Miss Muley by Montana Decoy
- Design Toscano Big Rack Buck
- Mule Deer Doe Decoy
- Dream Doe Whitetail Decoy (4-(Pack))
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
10 Best Deer Decoys
1. Primos Scarface Decoy
Great paint job
The base could be more stable
This Buck decoy from Primos has the decoy in the natural tan color, so you can easily place this decoy in nature and have it fit in with the surroundings.Read more
Suitable for all weather conditions
This decoy has been tested to survive all different kinds of weather environments, so no matter how warm or cold or wet the weather is, this decoy is sure to perform at the highest level.
One of the main things you want from a decoy is for it to be as adjustable as possible, and this one does just that! Featuring adjustable head and neck areas you have the ability to set up your decoy to your liking so that you can attract as many deer as possible.
Cost and Value
Keeping in mind, that you are receiving a larger product it makes sense for it to be on the pricier end. However, when you take into consideration how adjustable it is, it makes the price seem almost too good to be true.
2. Flambeau Masters Doe Deer Decoy
Made from a plastic material
Accepts scent pads and deer calls
The body parts, especially the legs detach easily
This Doe decoy from Flambeau is made from a composite plastic material, so you can rest assured this decoy will last for a few seasons. There are a few adjustable components to this decoy, including the neck and head area, as well as the ears.Read more
These adjustable features allow you to set the decoy up in a few different poses, to add variety to how your decoy is set up. Additionally, the rear legs also have pads on them so you can add different scents to help draw more deer into your area.
In order to have an easy transportation feature this decoy's legs and head come off, and they can be stored inside of its body for the ultimate compact touch.
Cost and Value
Even though it is extremely adjustable and transportable this decoy is priced fairly well. So much so, that we can almost say its a bargain.
3. Montana Decoy Eichler Elk
Easy to transport
Comes with a DVD instruction manual
This multi-colored Elk from Montana Decoy has leg poles on the bottom of it, in order for you to obtain the right height needed for your kill zone area. The design of this Elk was based upon numerous pictures of how Elk pose while in the wild, so you can feel assured this decoy will work in nature.Read more
If you're new to having decoy's as part of your hunting trips this one could be an excellent option for you as you will not only do you get the decoy, but this comes with a DVD, to give you different tools and tricks to set up the decoy properly.
This decoy does fold down, so you can easily transport it back and forth from your hunting areas and back home or the other way around. Additionally, having this feature allows you to easily set it all up and take it down whenever you choose too.
Cost and Value
You are not only getting your decoy but you are getting an instructional DVD as well, with that entire bundle this product comes as a bargain. It is priced extremely well allowing you to know you are getting a high-quality product at an excellent price.
4. Montana Feeding Elk
Made using real elk photos
Bad customer service
This Elk decoy from Montana Decoy is designed to help you shoot more Elk during anytime of the hunting season. This Elk is designed around how an Elk would actually look while in the wild, making the realistic pose much more effective than just a standard decoy.Read more
This decoy is made from a brown material, and has the realistic joints and ears, giving you the necessary detail to be an effective decoy.
Every decoy owner knows decoys can sometimes be a bit heavy; however, this decoy only weighs 33 ounces, including the leg poles. Furthermore, It does not fold up, but it is easy to transport.
Cost and Value
This decoy is priced extremely fairly given the nature of how realistic and lightweight it is. Furthermore, it allows you to blend it into nature for a more cohesive aesthetic.
5. Dream Team Buck and Doe
Easy to set up
This Pair of decoys from Montana Decoy includes both a buck and doe, so you can choose which decoy is best for your needs. Both of these decoys come with a whitetail, to help blend in with most deer out in nature.Read more
Two for the price of one
Instead of getting one deer you are getting two! Having this feature allows you to have double the reinforcements when you are trying to find the catch of the day while hunting. Nonetheless, both of these decoys fold flat, so you can easily store them when they are not in use, while also being able to set them up in no time.
Why use them for one specific time of year when you can use them all-year-round? These decoys can be used during any time of the hunting season, in order to maximize their use.
Cost and Value
Keeping in mind, that you are receiving two products for the price of one, we can effectively say you're getting a high-quality product for an exceptional price.
6. Bow-mounted Mule Deer Decoy
Lightweight 10 ounces
Built-In Shooting Window
Might be Mistaken for a Deer
We haven't found a product like this in our searches so we wanted to add it to our list. Quite simply it turns your bow into an actual decoy. Now we know what you're saying: "Yeah sure mount a deer head on my bow and I become a target." Well, that's why there are orange safety straps that you can put place strategically all over the decoy. We're not completely convinced but in the spirit of open conversation, we thought we'd throw it against the wall for all you bow hunters and see if you're interested. And listen, we know bow hunters need every strategic advantage they can get so perhaps this can help.Read more
It goes without saying that this baby is going to have to be lightweight. But at 10 ounces this decoy weights next to nothing. It's easily attachable to your bow and once in place has a plenty big shooting window to let your sight your target.
This will last some time. It's made of a micro suede fabric that resists UV rays and drys quickly in bad weather. It attaches easily and collapses to a 10 inch diameter disc when it's time to store it away.
Cost and Value
This one comes in at about the midrange. It's not a full range decoy so it doesn't seem like it should have the same price point as some of our other products, but it is what it is. Fact is if you're a bowhunter and plan to be crawling around the bush all day, this is a unique product that might be what you need to give you an edge as you stalk dinner in the great outdoors.
7. Miss Muley by Montana Decoy
Easily Cinches onto Backpack
Included lightweight Leg Poles
A Bit Flimsy
Miss Muley is designed to give you a leg up in your hunt of the Mule Deer. While these big animals can seemingly be dense when it comes to running away from hunters, old bucks can sometimes seem incredibly wily and hard to find. That's where Miss Muley is designed to help. Rutting season can bring out the stupid in even the oldest smartest buck and this is one's a looker. It's big enough to show up in the field and surprisingly realistic so if you're in the quest for a big horned buck this might just be the hunting partner you need.Read more
Mulies are big, and so is this decoy. And it's size is going to help you get the job done. But it's not much of a burden in the field. It folds up easily and stows away just as easily in a backpack.
2D Lifelike Photo
It does help that this stand is a photo of an actual Mule Deer. We believe realism counts.
Cost and Value
This one's a steal. Cheap, lightweight, mobile and effective. It's got all the adjectives we want in any product. But really it's not just about the prices because cheap doesn't matter if the thing don't work. We don't think that'll be a problem with Miss Muley.
8. Design Toscano Big Rack Buck
Made out of great materials
Not as transportable as others on our guide
Measuring at 28 inches in width, 7.5 inches in diameter and 2.4 inches in height and weighing approximately 10 pounds this decoy by Design Toscano is as realistic as it gets! The decoy itself is so realistic you should be prepared to not only fool other deer’s but your neighbors too. Design Toscano is known for being a top-notch brand when it comes to creating realistic animals for homes all-round the world.Read more
As previously stated, this decoy is extremely realistic, this is mainly due to its handcrafted aesthetics. Every element that puts together this beautiful piece has been hand painted by Design Toscano in house artisans. Additionally, it has been put together with real crushed stone bonded together with high-quality durable resin.
Due to how realistic it is it can be used indoors or outdoors as décor or as the perfect decoy that helps you attract as many animals as possible.
Cost and Value
Featuring a large and realistic aesthetics this is one of the pricier decoys on our guide. This is mainly due to how similar to the real thing it is. Furthermore, let's not forget you are getting a high-quality product that is built with exceptional materials
9. Mule Deer Doe Decoy
Weighs less than a pound
Can be placed in multiple areas
Customer service was not the best
Coming at our second to last but currently not least we have the Mule Deer Doe Decoy by Heads Up a unique little decoy that gets the job done without all the frills others on our list have. This is one of the simpler designs that we offer, but it gets the job done the right way!Read more
Can be Placed Anywhere
Do not be discouraged by the size of this decoy, although a bit smaller it is mighty in fact it can be placed anywhere that has a stand including your bow. This specific product was constructed to help lure solitary bucks that are looking for company but have not found it just yet.
One of the best features this decoy has to offer is how easy it is to be stored. It can be put any in any bag or carry on you take with you while you go hunting. The main reason for this being, it weighs less than 1 pounds, therefore, storage and transportation is a breeze.
Cost and Value
When it comes to pricing this one is valued at a midrange price point, allowing you to purchase an item that is right in the middle of high end and low end but is constructed with excellent materials.
10. Dream Doe Whitetail Decoy (4-(Pack))
4 products for the price of one
Large in size
For our last place, we wanted to bring something for those that would like a collection of decoys instead of just one. This pack of 4 realistic deer by Montana Decoy brings forth identical whitetail does that will attract even the most doubtful deer. There is just something about them that feels extremely realistic and versatile.Read more
4 For the Price of One
Instead of purchasing one at a time you have the ability to purchase a pack of four, which allows you to decide how many you would like displayed and which ones you want to take on your next hunting trip. The idea is you can have one or two out and hide the others away or you can display them all at the same time and attract even more deer.
Easy to Install
Each of the deer from this set comes with preinstalled sticks that allow you to safely plant them into the ground. Having this feature allows you to simply plant them and go. No need for instructions or difficult situations at all.
Cost and Value
Keeping in mind that you are getting 4 large, life-size products, these are one of the most expensive items on this guide. However, when you take into consideration all that you are receiving the price makes complete sense.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
The type of decoy you choose will make or break your hunt. Traditional deer decoys are a sound option. Renowned for their ease of use it's almost as simple as setting it up and forgetting it. Your traditional deer decoy can work particularly well in densely wooded areas. The obscurity of the surrounding trees will help to keep your game from noticing its immobility.
The most redeeming aspect of the traditional deer decoy is hands down the reliability they offer. During a hunt, the last thing you want is a decoy you rely heavily on breaking with no way to quickly replace it. Each of the traditional decoys featured on this best of the list is very reliable and will withstand a significant amount of abuse from regular use.
With a hunt taking place in some of the most remote regions imaginable, portability is a vital trait needed in any good deer decoy. Traditional decoys can weigh in excess of 15 pounds making dragging them out to your blind more difficult. With this in mind, the traditional decoys I have chosen for this best of the list are all less than five pounds in overall weight.
While your average deer's sense of sound is about the same as your standard human sense of sound their ability to move their ears allows them to pinpoint precisely where any unnatural noises are originating. Traditional deer decoys, with their simple design and immobility, are perfect for ensuring that your decoy won't cause any noises you don't want them to make. Furthermore, due to their silent nature, traditional decoys are ideal for using sound emitters and calling while using them. All of the traditional decoys on this list are virtually noise free.
While traditional deer decoys are great options they can be limiting. Their immobility is a double-edged sword that can also cause deer stare. When any deer is staring at something for too long the entire herd will take notice and become more cautious and vigilantly scan their surroundings for anything that is out of the ordinary. In trying to combat the dreaded stare a few of these decoys bob with the wind causing small movements.
The movement of a decoy is a very important aspect to consider. Deer are intelligent animals and will notice if the movement of a decoy seems abnormal. A decoy that can mimic realistic movements can mean all the difference in your hunt, and the listed decoys are very capable of accommodating that need.
Deer like many different animals use sounds to communicate with one another. Being able to draw in your game with lifelike deer grunts can help you immeasurably in finding that trophy deer you're looking for. Some of the decoys singled out in this list feature call emitters making a more authentic appearance.
The wilderness can be treacherous and unforgiving and decoys can and will often be targeted by other outdoorsmen that are unaware of your blind. No matter the reason a deer decoy needs to offer replacement parts so should it become damaged it can be repaired. Various decoys on this list were picked for their ability to be repaired or replaced.
Mechanical decoys are very versatile and compliment many of your general needs. While they do provide natural movement and calls they can also produce some irregular sounds as well. Any piece’s that collide while moving can make a noticeable sound and with a decoys sole purpose being to draw in your game you need a quiet option. Each of the decoys on this best of the list was selected because they produce no unnatural noises.
The appearance of your decoy determines how your game will approach it and can affect where you place your decoy. Decoys that utilize a full legged design are very true to life representation of the deer and can be placed in open fields. However full legged models while embodying a lifelike, authentic, approach can be unstable on uneven surfaces. This imbalance can also generate a fair bit of synthetic noise while moving with the wind.
Some of the decoys included in this best of list use pole legs. Placing these in taller vegetation makes them blend into the area more effectively while allowing them to be placed on rough terrain and move with the wind freely. Pole legged decoys tend to be lighter in weight offering a unique added benefit.
With the coloring of your decoy being as important as the gender of the decoy, it is critical to have decoys that accurately matches the coat of your game during your season. For a diversity of options, I picked only decoys that offered both color options and use appropriate color schemes.
Hunting trips can be quite costly, from food and boarding to tags and all the apparel a key trait I strove to balance was affordability. Additionally, I wanted to pick decoys that offered more features over a higher priced decoy that offered less functionality.
Over time regardless of the product, things tend to break down. Repeated use and even bad luck can result in damage to your deer decoy. A manufacturer's warranty can help to keep you satisfied and ensures that the product will work or be replaced. Furthermore, it increases the value of the decoy you're buying. The higher rated decoys on this list featured better warranties.
Hunting is an amazing sport with unique and difficult challenges. Unfortunately, though the seasons are few and far between. A decoy that can be stored easily and occupy minimal space was a primary focus when choosing the five best deer decoys.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
More than any other animal, the location of your decoy is vital towards the success of the decoy. If you put your decoy too far out from where you are, then it won’t draw any animals near you. In fact, if you put a decoy in the wrong location, you could actually keep deer away from your position. Typically, the best places to set up your deer decoy are on the edges of any fields, as well as perched upon any hills. The decoy needs to be set up in a location where deer will actually see it, and not just happen to stumble upon it. The higher the deer decoy is set up, or the closer it can be placed to a high traffic area, the better success you will have.
Another aspect to ensure you have a deer decoy that works is making sure the scent is setup properly. If the deer decoy has any kind of human odor on it, that odor will drive deer away faster than almost anything else. You need to ensure your decoy is covered in the proper deer or doe scent, to help bring the other deer over to it. If the scent is wrong, then your decoy will not perform at the level you want and will hurt your chances of finding the deer you want to shoot.
Other Factors to Consider
The season in which you’re hunting can dramatically affect your deer decoy needs. From the choice of deer gender to the option of scent marking, the season makes the choice of what you can use for you. The season even affects the color choice of your decoy based upon the molting of the deer during your hunting season.
A deer's coat is very adaptable, it provides camouflage and helps them to maintain their body temperatures. During the summer season, a deer's coat will turn a reddish color and become more thin to help it stay cool. In fall a deer’s coat will go through a molting process caused by hormones changing which turns their coats a faded grey or brown color. Interestingly the environment a deer lives in can also affect this color changing process. A deer that lives in a wooded region will have a deeper color whereas a deer in a more agricultural region tends to take on a much lighter color.
The question of the ages, which gender deer decoy should you select? No one really has a definite answer and it often comes down to which gender you are trying to attract. Some hunters will even use both in order to ensure they can draw in their game. Most of the decoys on this list include the option to select a decoy of either gender.
With a sense of smell that is better than your average dog, a deer is capable of noticing the slightest changes in scent in their environments. Right out of the box deer decoys can possess a man-made and unnatural scent. Scenting a decoy is a phenomenal way to guarantee your decoys scent won't be the reason your game avoids your hunting area. A few of the decoys I included on this list have options to add scent pads directly onto the decoys.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: Are these decoys weather protected?
Over time and with enough wear, the product will eventually fade. Most of these deer decoys are made with materials that are very resistant to inclement weather making them suitable for using any climate.
q: Are the antlers removable?
Removable antlers are a great way to quickly adjust the gender of your decoys. On this list, there are a few options that do support removable antlers and include plugs to fill the hole that is left behind from the antlers mounting point.
q: Can any fit in a backpack?
While lightweight and very portable these decoys are sized to replicate a life-sized deer. These generally won’t fit in a standard backpack but may fit into a larger rucksack.
q: Are they rain/waterproof?
While the products used to produce these decoys vary wildly, they are all rather resistant to water and rain.
q: Do they have problems standing in heavy winds?
The deer decoys are organized from the most stable to the least stable on this list with number 5 being the one that is the most concern when it comes to wind resistance.