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.
Remember the almost perfect hunt
I enjoyed one May morning in Wisconsin? Have you ever experienced one of those? If so, have you tried to repeat it? That usually doesn't work, does it? Turkeys being turkeys, scenarios and reactions change drastically from day to day and hunt to hunt. And don't even talk to me about variables.
But there I was, exactly a week after my perfect hunt, standing on the same spot along a timbered ridge, listening to a turkey gobble in the same spot I'd struck the other longbeard.
"Right," I thought. "How will I manage to mess this up?"
Cynical and pessimistic, sure. But I've had enough hours on my butt pad to be wary of deja vu hunts. Still, common sense told me to approach this bird as I had approached the gobbler a week earlier, and the terrain called for an almost identical setup. But doggone it, my "perfect" bird had presented me with some challenges. That turkey hadn't climbed all over calling but instead reacted better to long periods of silence. And then I'd let him get too close, albeit mostly because of an unseen terrain depression.
That just increased my quandary. Did I try to learn from the previous hunt and switch things up? Or, assuming the turkey was buying the program, should I simply let the hunt unfold and, if possible, let history repeat itself? What would you have done? Post your decision below.
Click here for Lovett's decision.
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