I'm not really a huge decoy user. In fact, I can understand a "purist" not bothering with them or even disliking them. I'm a bit of a purist because I usually pass on jakes. Do I think its wrong to take one? absolutely not. My first bird was a jake and I can still remember every detail of that hunt. It's just as the years pass you become more appreciative of all the other aspects of the season. Yes the kill is why we're out there, but we discover that it's far from the only reason. When it comes to decoys, I've had hunts where I absolutetly would not have taken that bird without them, and others where it was obvious that they worked against me and I wondered why I lugged them into the woods.
It seems each year there is a "Latest Gadget" (this year the squeeling hen) to add to our collection. (I have some from past years collecting dust) To me it's sad to see the extent to which our sport has become commercialized and I don't blame the purists out there who refuse to try the new stuff. I quess we each have to decide what fits for us and keep an open mind when it comes to all this other "stuff". Back a few years on another turkey forum, a newbie inquired about what kind of blind and seat to buy for his first hunt as he didn't know anything about turkeys and needed to know what the most important item was. A veteran hunter gave him some great advice: Buy your self a good pair of boots, and when the soles are worn down to the leather you will be ready to decide on what the next item might be! [:D]
"Fall hunting is maneuvers, Spring hunting is war".......Tom Kelly