Conclusion: Game of Inches

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: Game of Inches

Postby Brian Lovett » November 16th, 2010, 9:47 am

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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RE: Conclusion: Game of Inches

Postby BigBuckeye » November 17th, 2010, 5:02 am

I would rather have a memorable hunt than a classic hunt any day!!!
 
Thanks Brian!
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RE: Conclusion: Game of Inches

Postby WillowRidgeCalls » November 17th, 2010, 10:27 am

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I would rather have a memorable hunt than a classic hunt any day!!!

Thanks Brian!


Yes Sir, a bird in hand is better then the two peeking back at you through the bush. [:D]
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RE: Conclusion: Game of Inches

Postby kenturkey89 » November 17th, 2010, 12:22 pm

Haha well said Scott!!
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RE: Conclusion: Game of Inches

Postby Bobbyparks » November 20th, 2010, 11:15 am

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Haha well said Scott!!



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