View Full Version : DIY Paper Decoy?

09-02-2009, 02:28 PM
Find some image of an elk on the web and save it to a file on your machine.


Bring up the image in your browser. Right click on it, click on "Save Image As", find a suitable location on your hard drive to store the file, and click on "Save".

Left click on the "start" button then "All Programs", "Accessories", and "Paint" to launch MS-Paint.

In MS-Paint, left click on "File" and "Open" and select your saved copy of your image.

Once loaded, click on "File" and "Page Setup".

Set Orientation to Portrait.

Set all margins to 0.75. Or less, depending on how close to the margin your printer can print.

Un-check both Horizontal and Vertical in Centering.

Set Scaling to Fit to: 2 by 2 page(s). (just to test)

Left click "OK".

Left click "File" and "Print".

Your image will print 2 pages across by 2 pages down.

Cut off margins with paper cutter. Re-assemble.

If that works try to figure out how many pages, x by y, it would take to make a life-sized image of your elk. I don't think it will matter if it looks "pixelly" up close.

So far I've gone to 4 by 4 and the image I picked ended up being about 16" wide. Getting close. Just black and white. Next try, color and a bit larger.

Wonder if I could print it onto tyvek if I cut some to 8-1/2 x 11?

09-02-2009, 04:48 PM
I tried that with a pronghorn archery target.

Might as well have tried kryptonite. They stood a hundred fifty yards away snorting at it.

Maybe elk would be more tolerant.

09-02-2009, 05:02 PM
The antelope could probably see the individual pixels!