I do use them - both buck and doe (for doe you just take the antlers off). During active chase times they can be very effective. The main thing to remember is to orient them properly, use proper scent control, and use the right lure with them.
I bow hunt with them so I usually set them up 30 yards from my stand. The fun part about them is that even when the buck is too young to shoot, alot of times you will have a show to watch as he tries to figure out what it is. I enjoy calling in even young bucks to the decoy.
For a buck decoy, rattling and grunt calls work and for a doe decoy I will add a bleat. I do NOT call unless I see and buck and he is not coming in. I only use a call if I see a buck that I know sees the decoy, but yet he is a little hesitant to come in and I don't think he will come in any other way other than me calling. Calling in my mind is a last resort with a decoy.
I will, however, rattle with a buck decoy whether I see a buck or not. I hope any of this makes sense.
Edited by millerliteliker (11/30/16 10:27 AM)
Mathews Z7 Bow for Whitetail and Hogs
Remington R-15 .223 REM for predators
I also like to "hunt" sporting clays with my Benelli SuperSport!