Elk Decoys: Tips and Tactics with Fred Eichler and Montana Decoy

“Should have, would have, or could have…” – We often think that way when things don’t go right in a hunting situation.  After last year’s elk hunt I was left wondering if I should have brought an elk decoy along.  On one hand, a decoy is something that I don’t want to worry about packing, lugging up and down a mountain, or struggle to setup “in the moment”.  It would only complicate things, right?


But, there are numerous situations where a decoy could be well worth the hassle.  And if you can find a decoy that is light, packable, and easy to deploy, then the hassle virtually eliminated.

I spent quite a bit of time researching decoys over the off-season and ultimately decided to go with the “Eichler Elk” from Montana Decoy.  This decoy is lightweight, extremely packable, incredibly simple to deploy, and it looks great!  Another great benefit of this decoy is that it comes with a DVD from the man himself, Fred Eichler.  The included videos cover decoy setups, strategies, tips, and instructions.

The Eichler Elk decoy package weighs 40 ounces, but much of that weight comes from the stakes/poles.  Thankfully there’s another way setup the decoy, which is not only faster, but much lighter.  Since we I will be hunting in areas where we’ll have plenty of trees, I am going to leave the poles at home and bring the included string and alligator clips (as seen in the video above).  The weight of the decoy and clips is only 16 ounces!

FREE Guide & Discount

If you want to learn more about how to use a decoy for elk hunting, be sure to download this FREE decoy setup guide from Montana Decoy’s website.  In the guide you will get…

  • 5 proven elk decoy setups
  • Tips from elk hunting experts
  • Advice on where, when and how to use elk decoys

If you’re in the market for a new elk decoy, use coupon code “ELKGUIDE2014” to save 15% off of any elk decoy from Montana Decoy!

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  • Patch

    Mark, I used my miss September last year, and just about missed my shot. The bull I was calling to ran into where I was, He had not yet seen my decoy. Just as I pulled the trigger on my release, he took off at a dead run toward miss Sept. God put my arrow through both of his femoral arteries, about 2 feet back of where I was aiming. Needless to say, I recovered my bull, but miss Sept just about ruined a great shot setup.

    • SoleAdventure

      That’s wild. Anything can happen out there!

      • Patch

        Yep, that is what makes it so much fun.
        We head out for our wounded warrior hunt in 29 days, taking a warrior from N.Carolina. Please pray that I allow God to work in and through me. You can also pray that we all tag out.