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.Stand
I'd always envisioned a specific hunt at the old ridge place. I'd slip to the top, locate a bird, move swiftly and silently into position, and then yelp him right to the gun barrel. And lo and behold, that was happening one glorious May morning. If you Googled "perfect turkey hunt," the search engine would link you to live footage of the dream I was living.
The bird hadn't been close, but he'd responded fairly well, and I'd learned that I could get him to move by shutting up for several minutes. And after about 40 minutes of stop-and-go calling, the turkey in my perfect hunt was almost perfect, standing just 20 steps away near the top of the ridge.
Notice I said "almost perfect." Yes, he was within ultra-easy range — almost too close. No doubt, he was searching hard for that little hen he'd heard. But he'd walked right into a low dip in the ridge line, and I couldn't see him — not even the top of his head. Further, he stopped there because he could see the field next to the ridge.
Crap. I knew he wouldn't stay there forever, so I had to make a tactical choice. If I stood up, I'd surely be able to see the turkey and get a shot at him. However, standing would bring an immediate end to the hunt, and if the bird spotted me before I got my bead on him, I might not get a good shot. If I stayed put and kept quiet, the turkey might continue searching for the hen and walk the final few steps out of the hole and down my gun barrel. He'd already come a long way, after all.
Stand or fall? Stand and fall? Oh boy ... .What would you have done? Post your decision below.
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