stankyolgobbler wrote:My thing is beware of full strut decoys, some gobblers will shy up if they aren't the dominant bird in the woods and if it strikes a more aggressive pose than the big boy on your property, he may shy away too. I say this because I used pretty boy for a week one season. 2 birds on 2 separate occasions came to the calling, saw the decoy, and tucked tail and ran. Also, there is nothing more important to me than mobility,make sure it fits in your vest if you do use it. But hey, if the thunderchicken works....USE IT! Good luck.
Sage makes a very good point about adult strutting decoys. As with anything in turkey hunting you must pay attention to the birds in your area to have a successfull hunt.
If you use a full strut adult gobbler decoy with an adults tail and beard, you will find sub-gobblers shying away from them early in the breeding cycle for fear of getting their butt kicked. Where if you have a jakes tail and beard on your decoy they may come in for a closer look and challenge that jake. Through the peek and close to the end of the breeding cycle, a boss tom will challenge any and every thing that struts, a sub-gobbler will come in, but they come in cautiously and will circle around the decoy keeping a distance. The end of the breeding cycle, even your boss gobbler will shy away because of being wore out from battling and breeding all season, but your 2 year olds and jakes will challenge a strutter for the right to breed. That is why you must pay attention to the birds you are hunting and where they are in the breeding cycle for your strutter decoy to do it's full job.