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We go drawn to bowhunt in montana for pronghorn. We are planning sitting on water holes. We got the 13th-19th of Aug. Would a decoy be something to sit by the blind?? The guy we are going with thinks its the ticket. I know we are well before the rut. Any other tips would be great.

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I've never hunted them personally, but I've been reading up in anticipation of hunting goats in the future. I think if you're bowhunting, a deke has to be in the plans. You can take it down if you like, but it seems that its one of the best ways to get closer and ease the minds of those wary bucks.

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I know guys who have talked about how they used a Mel Dutton decoy to stalk goats.

I have had a few friends who hunted in bale blinds by water holes and sat most of the day waiting but scored.

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I've only read about antelope, but....

Sounds like they have plenty of water this year and I've heard it takes a couple of days for them to get used to a new blind. A good suggestion is to add a string to the decoy so you can move it a little to "seal-the-deal".

But this should be close to the rut. The best articles I've read on spot-n-stalk say to get as close as you can before deploying the decoy.

We're going in mid October and with rifles.

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HunterLee, the next time you are in Fargo, there is a guy at Gander that has done a lot of bowhunting for goats out in Montana.I don't remember his name, but I think he was the manager of the archery department. I had a long conversation with him about it and he really seemed to know his stuff. Might be worth a try.

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