Only if you can make it lightweight enough. The tail that is shipped with the units weighs about 7 grams. We have stripped enough skin and fur off real tails to make them work, and it looks good, but the action is not quite as quick as the original tail flick, but pretty good. But, it sure looks neat. (Not that the deer will notice). Keep in mind that all those hairs accumulate odor, and if it rains, the wet hair will probably add enough weight to make the unit inoperable. Do you really need a real deer tail? Much of the same can be said about glass eyes for your decoy… they sure look cool. But, how necessary is it? That’s a pretty subjective question to answer.