No, they do help in certain situations. In an open field or pasture or a open wood lot they do help you, a bird will hang up if he dosen;t see something that is making a call. In a high grass or brushy woods or a marshy area then you really don't need one because the bird is coming to your calling and your better off without one.
That's a good answer, and it raised the question in my mind: "Would you advise a novice turkey hunter to use a decoy?" I would not. I believe the novice turkey hunter is better off not using a decoy. My reasons?
[ul][*] If it is used improperly it can add an element of danger to the hunt. Starting out it's better to keep thing simple.
[*] Decoys can hurt as much as they can help, so using a decoy can add to the learning curve of the new hunter.
[*] It can become a crutch to the novice hunter -- a few successes can cause the hunter to think he's better than he is.
[*] Its best to concentrate on positioning, calling, and other aspects of turkey hunting before using a decoy. [/ul]What say you? Would you advise a novice to use a decoy? Why, or why not?