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: Road Rage
Because there was so much open space between my setup and the woods, I didn't think a major move was wise. Yes, there were birds in the oaks, but the odds of me slipping undetected across 250 yards of wide-open road into the sparsely foliated hardwoods were slim. Further, I didn't know what had happened to the jakes and gobbler on the road. I hadn't heard them in a half-hour, and I'd never seen them, but that didn't mean they weren't still there.
Cursing my suddenly conservative nature, I settled back into my set-up tree and resumed calling softly every few minutes. I'd stick with the plan.
After about a half-hour, I saw a flicker of movement just over the rise on the road. As I dropped my striker onto my lap, a bright-red head popped into view, followed by another. And another. And four more. The jakes had found me.
Thankfully, the longbeard was with them, and after a few tense moments, I fired and dumped him on the road. I jogged to the bird, sending jakes flying everywhere. I figured it served them right for sneaking up on me.
What decision did you make?
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