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: Stand
I heard the bird drumming in the hole, so I knew he hadn't wandered off. That, I figured, would be my cue. If I heard the turkey start to walk away or heard the drumming fade, I would stand and try to whack him before he spotted me. Until then, however, I remained confident the bird would finish the hunt in fine fashion.
A minute later, I wasn't so sure, but the bird continued to spit and drum, so I kept the faith. When I finally heard footsteps, I prayed they were heading left instead of directly away. A flash of red and white revealed they were.
The gobbler stepped briefly into the open and then behind a wood pile, letting me adjust my gun. When he popped out from behind the wood pile, the shot met him there, and the hunt was finished.
I suppose a lot of guys would have stood and finished the hunt quicker. Then again, they might have arisen to find the bird screened by brush or rubber-necking away, offering no shot. I guess I'll never know. I took some pride in the fact that when I finally stood, it was to retrieve my longbeard and head for the truck. What decision did you make?
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