Conclusion: There and Back Again

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: There and Back Again

Postby Brian Lovett » July 17th, 2012, 1:02 pm

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: There and Back Again

I had much more faith in my ability to slip close to the gobbling bird and yelp him in than I did sitting underneath what were unidentified and probably spooked turkeys. I vowed to move.

When I stood, the jake started putting but didn't flush. As I walked away, the other turkeys started getting nervous. One flushed and flew out of sight. Another pitched down about 40 steps away and walked back and forth nervously. A previously unseen turkey sailed to the same spot. They were both jakes.

I would have felt smug about my decision, but I still had a turkey to kill. Thankfully, I managed to slip to the edge of the stubble field, find a decent tree and call the bird in within five minutes. The plan had actually come together. And with all the jakes in the area, I felt pretty good about future hunts in that spot, too.

What decision did you make?

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