In Decision Time, Editor Brian Lovett will share a scenario from his 20+ years hunting turkeys. Each hinges on a critical decision. Post what choice you would have made, then see how things actually turned out. Taken to the Wood Shed
Like good mystery novels, some turkey hunts click when you accumulate clues, add up evidence and reach a satisfactory conclusion.
But as I've learned through the years, most turkeys don't read mystery novels.
The Woodpile Gobblers sure didn't. About the only things they did regularly were gobble and frustrate hunters. Oh, and as their name indicates, they also seemed to follow their hens past a large woodpile near a field edge at some time every day on their way to the neighboring property. Some days, they walked past the pile at 6 a.m. Other days, it might have been noon.
Of course, the obvious way to kill the Woodpile Gobblers was to -- duh -- sit by the woodpile. However, I hesitated to do that, mostly because I could usually make the longbeards gobble and had come close to killing them during three previous cutt-and-run hunts. Also, I didn't feel like sitting against a woodpile for hours, feeding the deer ticks and waiting for a bird with no sense of time to wander by.
But as the season wore on, I became increasingly frustrated by the Woodpile Gobblers, and the time came to make a final stand. Would I wait them out in turkey hunting purgatory or hope their vocal nature led me to a sure-kill walk-and-call hunt? What would you have done?
Post your decision below. Click here for Lovett's decision. Give up? Go fishing with Roland Martin instead with this book.