Grazing Doe Deer Decoy

Whitetail Buck Behavior and Deer Decoys


Every 15 seconds a Tail Trick Deer Decoy swishes its tail, flashes its white rump and “moons” transitioning whitetail bucks. Whitetail bucks are attracted by this familiar site and stop for a moment to stare. After staring for a minute, most whitetail bucks begin moving toward the decoy.

During the rut, most whitetail bucks walk straight toward Tail Trick once they’ve seen it.

All whitetail deer have a Personal Space Boundary (PSB). This is the distance they keep between themselves and deer (decoys) they don’t know. The distance is usually around 25-50 paces. The distance is longer with some whitetail deer and shorter with others.

When whitetail bucks approach the PSB of another deer (or decoy) they usually stop and stare. This is a great shot opportunity and you should be prepared for it. When the buck stops, take the shot!

Once at the PSB, whitetail deer may begin responding to the decoy as if it’s a real deer. This response may include: signs of aggression, submission, or a willingness to socialize.

Dominant whitetail bucks may try to intimidate the decoy with aggressive behavior such as: laying their ears back, snorting, stomping their feet, or even running back and forth. Head bobbing is very common.

Don’t be fooled by aggressive whitetail buck behavior and think they’re spooked when in fact they’re trying to interact with the deer (decoy).

After stopping, staring and trying to dominate, whitetail deer may begin to circle the decoy and get even closer. Bucks are intrigued and want to know who the deer is.

Sometimes younger bucks have been intimidated and beaten up by older bucks and are more cautious than older bucks. A buck who's had a run-in with bigger whitetail bucks wants to know who the deer (decoy) is before he moves in closer. 

In late autumn and early winter some single yearling whitetails will come to the decoy and just hang out. If their mama ran them off, they’re lonely and need a friend. Young single whitetails may feed and walk around the decoy’s Personal Space Boundary. Sometimes they wander off and then come back in a few minutes.

Does with fawns are reluctant to socialize with this unknown intruder. They normally avoid the encounter, keep their distance and show aggression.

See how TailTRICK can help you get your whitetail buck in our Video Gallery.

whitetail buck and tailtrick doe decoy
Field Notes: ears laid back, tail tucked, stopped at PSB

whitetail buck circles a tailtrick doe decoy
Field Notes: ears laid back, tail tucked, circling decoy at PSB

whitetail buck threatens a tailtrick deer decoy
Field Notes: circling decoy, foot stomping


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