Conclusion: The Shining Path

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 Shining Path

Postby Brian Lovett » October 3rd, 2011, 3:23 pm

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 Shining Path

I abhor sitting and hoping for good fortune, so I was game to try the two longbeards. Further, we already knew their general location, and there was no guarantee they wouldn’t gobble. Off we went.

When my buddy owl-hooted into the 30-mph wind, I almost chuckled — almost, because a firecracker gobble floated back on the breeze. Unreal. Soon, the bird and a buddy were gobbling on their own, and we had slipped to within 100 yards of them, slipping and sliding on the soggy clay roads.

After flydown, it was Turkey 101 — soft yelp here, some clucking and purring there. Within minutes, two white heads paralleled us in the timber, and I downed the trailing longbeard.

It had been a classic hunt on a very un-classic day. Forget about that field edge. We flopped our sodden trophy in the back of my buddy’s truck and headed for breakfast.

What decision did you make?

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Re: Conclusion: The Shining Path

Postby Cut N Run » October 4th, 2011, 7:21 am

Congratulations for making the right move. I would have rather been toting a bird than sitting in the rain, like I did.

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