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, then see how things actually turned out. Tight Like That?
Yeah, I'll admit it: I hadn't scouted much.
I'd been on the road a lot, and the new turkey property had just recently fallen into my lap. I had no firsthand knowledge about the movements and habits of the neighborhood gobblers, so when opening day arrived, I just went hunting.
As you've probably guessed, I was off the mark.
At gobbling time, I listened from a wooded point that bordered a large cut cornfield. Even if the birds weren't roosted by the field, they'd likely go there eventually, and I could at least get a fix on their whereabouts.
And I did. Trouble was, the three screaming gobblers I heard didn't come to the field, and a large swamp stood between us. No matter. They were on an open pine ridge near the property line, so I could get tight with them the next morning.
But that's where the trouble started. I wasn't 100 percent sure where they'd roosted, and as I crept onto the pine ridge, I realized how open it was. Sure, it was dark, and yes, I was quiet, but it wouldn't take much to blow those longbeards off their evergreen roosts -- wherever those were -- and into the next county.
The obvious choice was to hang back, play it safe and let the morning unfold. I could stay by the base of the ridge where it met an open field, let the birds fly down and work them from there. However -- there's always a however, isn't there? -- this was the final morning I could hunt the place before heading off on another trip. An aggressive approach might be warranted.
And uncertainty is not an ally in the pre-dawn turkey woods. What would you have done? Post your decision below.
Click here for Lovett's decision.
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