That depends on time of year and who you ask. We’ve heard the big name hunters say both ways. Consider this: if you’re trying to attract a big buck (most of us are), a buck or doe deer decoy could work. However, a buck decoy is not likely to attract a doe unless she’s in heat, in which case, a buck may be with her already. A doe decoy may attract a buck or doe at any time. Either type of decoy may scare another deer away, but more likely with a buck decoy. If you decide to use a buck decoy, it’s probably better to weaken it: use just one antler or at least smaller antlers. You can then have the weak side toward you, because the buck coming in would likely approach the weak side first, giving you the shot you need. However, during the rut, you never know what might bring in a hormonized buck!