I'll give you a serious answer this time. (Actually, my first answer was no joke.)
Although it's a little hard from the description to get an exact picture in my mind of the situation, I think you had a couple of things against you. But first, what you had going for you.
[ol][*]Because the gobblers cut into your calls, your calling wasn't the problem. You can have confidence in your calling ability.
[*]It sounds like you had a good set-up. Your dekes were in the general direction they were planning on going, which can't be a bad thing.
[/ol]On the other hand, you would expect them to respond more than just vocally -- by coming to you. Why didn't they? I see two possible reasons.
[ol][*]If they saw your hen deke (and it sounds like they did), they didn't see movement. This seems like a situation where a stationary decoy may have hurt you. If you also had a jake decoy (one that they could tell was a jake), it might have helped because then they would have thought they had competition. Would you have done better without the deke? Sometimes we're better off without decoys but in this case I don't think so because...
[*]Turkeys tend to know where other turkeys are. These gobblers may have heard the real hens (their hearing is better than yours), or had been with them the night before. So, they headed toward the real girls. And knowing your hen (deke) was there, they expected your hen to respond like hens are supposed to do -- go to the gobbler, or (if she wants a piece of him [:)]) at least go to him on his way to the others. [/ol]I don't think you could have played this better unless you had prior knowledge of the real hens, and were set up where either the real hens got mad at your deke, or you were close enough to the real hens that the gobbler considered your deke as part of the harem of others.
There are lots of people on this forum who know much more than I do, so I'm interested in hearing other answers. These are the discussions I really like, because they are great opportunities to learn.
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