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Tinks Mr. October Decoy Review

PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:59 am
by seamus
I decided I want to give hunting over a decoy a try this year. I decided to try a Mr. October inflatable decoy. So I picked one up this weekend and was surprisingly impressed with what I got so I decided to do a little review for you.

The decoy is inflatable so you can roll it up and put it in your pack and not have to lug a big full body decoy into your stand. I usually have to walk in at least a 1/2 mile so this is a plus. It comes with detachable antlers, ground stakes and some Tinks buck lure and two scent wicks.
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Inflating is surprisingly easy. Each leg inflates separately. and then the main body inflates. One breath is all it takes to get a leg inflated. The valves are the one way bite valves so the air doesnt escape as you're sealing it up.
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I was really impressed with the photo realistic fabric "skin" and the detail.
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2 detachable antlers are included, they are about the size that an 18 month old buck would sport.
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The tail is a 2 layer lightweight fabric that moves with the slightest breeze. My ceiling fan was making it twitch.
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Each foot has grommets to stake the deer down. You have to make sure each leg is fully inflated and rigid to ensure he stands straight and tall.
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Another thing I like about this decoy is that once staked down the breezes tend to make the whole deer move a little adding to the realism. If you desire you can take off the antlers and not inflate the legs and you've got a bedded doe decoy.
I was impressed with this decoy for the cost...less than $90.

Re: Tinks Mr. October Decoy Review

PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:39 am
by InDaWoods
Good luck with it, and some pictures of it outside in the wild from one of your hunts later this year would be awesome!

Re: Tinks Mr. October Decoy Review

PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 2:32 pm
by madrat
That looks pretty impressive and real! Do you think a 15-20 mph wind would blow it over? How durable is the material?

Re: Tinks Mr. October Decoy Review

PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 3:19 pm
by seamus
The rubber is very durable it seems. The skin is a fabric that is covering the rubber. You unzip the covering on the belly to access the valves. As far as a stiff wind goes, I think it would stand up better than a regular decoy since it's staked down. How many hunting shows have I seen where the decoys blow over in the wind. You could even get some more heavy duty stakes to ensure it stays put.

Re: Tinks Mr. October Decoy Review

PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 12:26 pm
by critrgitr jr
do they have them at local hunting stores or did you order it online? I like the portability of it. I've always wanted to try using a decoy but never did because they were too much of a pain in the butt to carry in the woods with you along with all the other equipment, but this would work. I assume it is pretty light weight? how puncture proof is it?

Re: Tinks Mr. October Decoy Review

PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 12:38 pm
by critrgitr jr
just checked Cabelas and Bass Pro. They are $80 at both places. only weight 3 pounds. sounds good to me. I think I will order one. thanks for the info seamus. I'm excited to use this in the field this year.

Re: Tinks Mr. October Decoy Review

PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 5:32 pm
by Jason
I like how you have the option of removing the antlers for a doe or removing the legs for a bedded animal. Although it may be a little tricky to stake it down to the ground without the legs.

Re: Tinks Mr. October Decoy Review

PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:00 pm
by Blackdog27
Depending on how and when it is inflated, I think there may be the chance that with it being out in cold air that it would deflate somewhat. I am not sure to what extent it might sag ....

Re: Tinks Mr. October Decoy Review

PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 6:21 pm
by Keef
BPS has a doe and buck combo for about $99. Check their flyer.

Re: Tinks Mr. October Decoy Review

PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 11:41 am
by madrat
David has them on Eders for $55.86. I haven't checked the shipping price, but I'll let you know as soon as I place my order.
http://www.eders.com/products/tinks-mr- ... -3lbs.html