Conclusion: The Hilltop Hole

In this interactive feature, Editor Brian Lovett shares a scenario from his 20+ years of turkey hunting, asking "What would you do?"
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Conclusion: The Hilltop Hole

Postby Brian Lovett » May 23rd, 2012, 11:38 am

In "Decision Time," Editor Brian Lovett shares 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.

Conclusion: The Hilltop Hole

Unconvinced the decoy wouldn’t just hang the birds up in the neighboring woods, I chose Option A and backed up about 30 yards down the hill, putting a small terrain rise between us. If the turkeys were hot enough, they’d go to the rise and look for the hen.

When I sat and called, the birds gobbled right at the wood line. Soon, their drumming told me they were headed left. Seconds later, I saw two white heads pop up over the rise, screened by brush. I had to ease my gun to the left, and one of the birds caught the movement. However, it was too late. I picked a spot in the woods and shot the trailing bird as he turned to leave.

It had been a great flash hunt. Would that tactic always work? Probably not. But on that day, Temptation Corner didn’t get the better of me.

What decision did you make?

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