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.
To me, it made no sense to plot out a strategic approach and then abandon it. We were still in a great spot, and we knew turkeys liked to visit the area throughout the day. Further, a bird that suddenly goes quiet is often coming, so I was going to sit for at least another hour or so. When my buddy turned and shrugged his shoulders at me, I motioned for him to settle down and wait for a while.
After about 15 minutes, I glanced to my right to see the high-point bird slinking down a fence line toward our setup. He'd been coming the entire time, albeit slowly, and was only about 100 yards from the gun barrel.
That's about as close as I got to feeling smug that morning. Ten seconds after I spied the sneaking longbeard, a terrified deer blasted past our setup, vaulted the fence and tore off for parts unknown. Then two dogs burst on the scene, hot on the trail of the whitetail. I looked up to see the high-point bird's white head bobbing away at a furious pace.
Huh. Right decision, bad outcome. That's turkey hunting. Ain't it great?
What decision did you make?
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