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, then see how things actually turned out.
Conclusion: Game of Inches
With the gobblers so tantalizingly close -- probably 15 steps from being in range -- I wasn't ready to give up yet. As my friend continued calling, I made like a worm and slowly tried to wiggle to some brush 10 yards ahead. I had to wait until the longbeards lowered their heads, ease forward a few inches and then freeze immediately the instant they resumed alert status. After the first few feet, I realized the strategy was working, and that I was actually gaining ground.
Thirty seconds later, I was as far as I could go, and the gobblers, not wanting to lose their ladies, had turned to follow the hens. If I was going to shoot, I had to do so immediately.
I estimated the birds were right at my self-imposed range limitation, so I raised my gun, centered the sights on the closest longbeard and waited until my friend called again. The gobbler craned his neck, and I fired, sending turkeys running and flying everywhere.
After my head and shoulder recovered from the recoil, I struggled to my feet, retrieved the gobbler. I still wasn't sure if I'd made the correct decision, but you couldn't argue with the result. Still, I wondered if an end-around maneuver might have given us a more classic hunt.
Then again, those debates are much more enjoyable when there's a gobbler in the back of your truck.
What decision did you make?
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