Conclusion: The Gate Debate

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: The Gate Debate

Postby Brian Lovett » May 18th, 2011, 5:22 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, and then see how things actually turned out.

Conclusion: The Gate Debate

I love to see new ground while walking and calling, so I was leaning toward the older brother's philosophy. However, the younger brother made some valid points, and the birds at that property hadn't gobbled much the previous day. I voted to wait by the gate -- unless, of course, it became obvious that a distant bird was ready to die.

We never had to worry about it. As dawn broke the next day, a bird sounded off within 100 yards of the gate. He was flopping in the pasture 10 minutes after flydown.

"See, I told you so," the younger brother said.

"Yeah, but if that bird had gobbled 300 yards over there, we would have gone to him," the older brother said.

I didn't really care at that point. A dead gobbler is a dead gobbler, and it had been a super hunt. However, as if to prove a point, another longbeard soon walked up the cattle path and would have crossed through the gate had we not been caught flat-footed and busted him.

The younger brother shot a glance at his elder but didn't say a word. His wait-by-the-gate mantra ruled the day.

What decision did you make?

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