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, and then see how things actually turned out. A Hard Road
It had been an action-packed day in the turkey woods, yet by 5 p.m., my friend and I still didn't have a gobbler.
With evening approaching, we decided to check a large hayfield where my buddy had seen some strutters the previous week. The field ran north and south, and we wanted to approach from the west. However, a large swamp was in our way, so we'd have to angle south along some sparse woods on high ground that bordered a county highway and then cut back to the northeast to reach the field. Along the way, we'd call and glass for turkeys.
Of course, we hadn't counted on the traffic. Apparently, the day shift at a local plant had just ended, and vehicles cruised by regularly. And sure enough, just as we got close to the busy highway, a gobbler answered my yelps. He wasn't close, but he wasn't that far, either.
The turkey was in the field, which usually wouldn't have bothered me too much. However, with cars streaming steadily behind us on the road, I wanted to move closer to the bird, fearing a vehicle would spook him if he approached. But our path to the hay was fairly open, so even a 100-yard dash to the sparse cover of some field-side pines would be dicey.
What a choice: Risk moving toward the bird and spooking him, or stay put and potentially have the gobbler booger from a passing truck. It was poison-picking time. What would you have done? Post your decision below.
Click here for Lovett's decision.
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