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.
The Tail of Dogma
We'd heard the turkey from afar — a half-mile or more — and embarked on an epic march. As we walked through marsh and woods, he gobbled. When we stopped to check him, he gobbled. And when we finally got within heart-quickening range, he gobbled.
But that was the issue. Yeah, he'd gobble. But he was also in the middle of a vast field. And as turkeys in vast fields often do, he stayed in the open, expecting that noisy hen would come to him. We couldn't go to him, of course, because that the aforementioned vast field.
So we did the next best thing. My buddy, a fantastic caller, set up by a big oak while I belly-crawled toward the field edge. He yelped as I crawled, just in case the bird changed its mind and decided to come in. We soon realized that wouldn't happen.
When I got within five steps of the field edge, I had a dilemma. I couldn't see the gobbler yet, but I guessed that he was 50 or 60 yards into the field. If I slipped the final few feet to the field, he might bust me, especially because I'd somehow wedged myself between two huge stumps. However, if I stayed put, the turkey would have to walk several steps closer and get where I could see him.
Conventional wisdom probably held that I should be patient and see what the turkey would do. Temptation begged me to slither a few more feet and get a visual on the longbeard. Which would win?
What would you have done? Post your decision below.
Click here for Lovett's decision.
Check out the best turkey hunting book we've read in quite a while.