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: Charge of the Dark Brigade
When I said, “The birds couldn’t see us yet,” that wasn’t entirely accurate. They had no doubt heard our soft footsteps and saw two dark forms on the forest floor. Of course, turkeys see and hear stuff like that many nights, and if those unidentified shapes pass by, turkeys typically don’t get alarmed. If, however, those blobs sit by roost trees and fidget as it gets light, turkeys usually identify a potential threat, fly down the other way and get out of Dodge.
My friend and I quietly backed out of the area and set up 100 yards from the turkeys. A half-hour later, as daylight neared, soft tree-yelping let me know that the birds weren’t spooked and that we’d made the right choice.
Better, it turned out that we’d set up between several hens and a lonely gobbler. The hens flew down toward us, and the longbeard joined them from the opposite direction — all within 30 steps of my buddy’s barrel. After some nerve-shattering gobbling and a great spitting-and-drumming show, my friend ended the hunt with what’s still one of my favorite opening-day smashes — all because we’d retreated in the dark.
What decision did you make?
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