Cut N Run wrote:I've killed about 75% of my turkeys without a decoy. Using decoys causes the turkey to focus on it and not you, though sometimes they can scare birds off. My experience is if a more dominant gobbler is coming in to decoys around a strut zone, your decoy is probably going to get his rubber @$$ kicked if you don't shoot that gobbler first.
I've been able to sneak farther away from a hung up gobbler and continue to call to make it sound like the hen is leaving. Often, that tactic will break the gobbler out of being hung up and get him to commit to your decoys, where the shooter will get a better shot. You may consider adding movement to your decoy by tying some braided fishing line to it to give it a little bit of motion. Calling with contented purrs and quiet yelps has worked for me too, just don't get too loud or move around much. I hope this helps.
Good advice Cut. You also might consider making your set-up using the terrain (if possible)in an area where the birds can't see your dekes until they're a little closer or put 'em in a different location. Decoy movement is key. If you use only a single hen, don't put her in the "alert" position. Try feeding or in breeding position near the jake. Agressive calling can make a jealous boss hen leas the gobbler away. However, if she gets agressive toward your soft calling, you can try "cranking it up" a notch (cutting, excited yelping) and maybe she'll get p.o.'d and come over to whip your butt with the "big boy" in tow!!