In "Decision Time," Editor Brian Lovett will share a scenario from his 20-plus years hunting turkeys. Each hinges on a critical decision. Post what choice you would have made, and then see how things actually turned out.Thy Buddy's Scouting
Stop me if you’ve heard this one: “That turkey is out there every day.”
Sure he is. Well, maybe every other. Or maybe several days before the season. Or perhaps someone saw a turkey there once during winter. If you’ve hunted long enough, you’ll realize that second-hand turkey info isn’t the most reliable. However, it’s put enough gobblers in front of me that I never discount it.
That’s where I was one April morning. A good friend had reported hearing loads of turkeys at a field edge in the northwestern corner of a large farm we hunted. When I had scouted the place, I’d heard only one bird, and he’d been in the southeastern corner.
“I’m telling you, go to the northwestern corner,” my buddy said. “It is a sure thing. I’m not kidding.”
I trusted my friend, so I went to the field edge the next morning. And I sat in the rain for two hours, never seeing or hearing a turkey. When the downpour stopped, I did a brief walkabout on the property but never struck or bumped a bird. That wasn’t surprising considering the weather, but it didn’t give me anything to go on for the next day.
That was the problem: I only had one more morning to hunt before driving to Missouri. The weather was supposed to clear, and I wanted to get on a bird quickly.
My friend remained adamant that the northwestern field edge held the key to success. However, the only bird I knew about held court on the opposite edge of the property. Did I listen to the advice of a trusted pal or go with my limited scouting?What would you have done? Post your decision below.
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