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Life Size Antelope Hunting Decoy

Discussion in 'Lifesize Mammals' started by dmac1175, Aug 23, 2020.

  1. dmac1175

    dmac1175 Active Member

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    Just looking for ideas on how to make a decoy for hunting. I have already a life-size skin I could use.
    I realize I could order a form and mount it but seems expensive and heavy. I believe the real hair would be more convincing than a plastic decoy.
    I was thinking about using a shoulder form for the head/neck and attaching that to some kind of lightweight body made of wire or something and wrapping the tanned skin over that.
    I don't know just looking for ideas.
     
  2. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Take a pcs of plywood or something sturdy but light weight, trace a L/S lope , cut it out and then glue hide to it on both sides , kinda like the new wildlife art flats you can get from McKenzie supplies . So instead of 3D it will be 2 D
     

  3. dmac1175

    dmac1175 Active Member

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    Thank you for the idea.
     
  4. Dave York

    Dave York Well-Known Member

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    Just buy a Montana decoy. After you lug that thing around on a hot day you’ll want to leave it. $79. And it folds into a 12 inch circle when not using.
    Sometimes trying to save money costs more than you think. Get some plywood and walk out around with it on a windy day.
     
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  5. Skywalker

    Skywalker Well-Known Member

    I make mine. Thin plywood cover with 2 part expanding foam. carve in the anatomy and paint it. Sharpened rods in the legs and a brace-able broom handle in the back. Howling wind doesn't affect it if I wire-peg the broom handle to the ground. IMG_4198.jpg Not too heavy and it sucks them in from 400 yards away. My Son took an 80 inch with his bow last week!
     
  6. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Ken, is there anything in your professional life that you suck at? I would never have though about the spray foam.
     
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  7. Keith

    Keith Well-Known Member

    Awesome. That is a pig of a pronghorn.
     
  8. Dave York

    Dave York Well-Known Member

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    When ken does one it becomes a piece of artwork.
    Ken can you tell us about how the hunt went down using the decoy?