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
. Which Itch?
Sometimes, you get an irresistible urge to try something, even if you know it's foolhardy.
Several years ago in Nebraska, two friends and I were driving along an abandoned farmstead road when we spied three longbeards with a hen slowly ambling down a grassy hillside. My buddy slammed on the brakes, and we grabbed our binoculars for a look. The birds were a half-mile away, so the truck didn't seem to bother them much. However, there was nothing but air between us, so we were stuck.
The birds seemed to be heading toward a slight drop-off that led to a small woodlot bisected by an old field road. If they continued on that course -- a big if in that open farmland -- it might open some options.
"We could back up, drop down to the farmhouse, sneak up that road and try to ambush them at the woodlot," my friend said.
That seemed sound, albeit dull. For some reason, I craved adventure.
"What if we waited till they got out of sight, hurried to the hilltop and then tried them from there?" I asked. "We could probably get pretty close."
My friend made a face and raised his binoculars. That option didn't seem to thrill him.
"Shoot, if we're gonna do that, we might as well sneak to the hilltop and bushwhack one," he said. "It's up to you."
Great. The gobblers were getting farther away, the sun was deep into the Western sky, and I had three options. Should I scratch my adventure itch or go by the book? What would you have done?
Post your decision below.
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