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
. Duck or Dash?
If I hadn't known the birds were still in the tree, I would have sworn they were running away.
Steve Stoltz and I had already traipsed across several hundred yards of Missouri real estate, yet the gobblers seemed like they were a country mile away. And with fly-down time approaching, we needed to cover that distance double-quick. Still, as light began to filter through the eastern clouds, I wondered how close we could realistically get.
But we had to try. The birds were pretty hot, and they were the only turkeys we'd heard from our high-top pasture listening point. It was a no-brainer to pursue them.
After a half-mile hike, we sloshed through mud and marsh grass to a fence line that abutted a small woodlot. The birds were on a ridge about 80 yards away, and a pasture with enough brush to choke a snake stood between the gobblers and us.
Stoltz paused to assess our plight. We could set up in the thick woodlot and try to call the birds along the edge of a corn-stubble field to the west. But judging from the terrain, the birds would probably fly down south to the crest of the ridge.
The southeastern corner of the brushy pasture opened up somewhat, but we'd have to make a daring dash along the edge of the woods -- likely in plain sight of the gobblers -- to reach it.
I figured it was best to set up in the woodlot and take our chances. Day was breaking, and I didn't want to spook the only vocal turkeys in the area. However, choosing a lousy setup might also doom the hunt.
What would you have done?
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