I heard about this practice the other day and I was kind of surprised that it works as turkeys have such excellent eye sight. I think I will keep it in the toolbox and maybe use it if the situation is right.
Here is a video I found on Youtube about a hunter fanning to get in close.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JEjXB-Tzdo
Obviously safety is very important with such a manuever and there needs to be communication with your hunting partner that if they see any sign of another hunter they start yelling to get you out of there. This would not be wise in areas where you cannot see for very far or in South Dakota where rifles can be used.
I think I will bring a fake fan with to Kansas this spring and keep it with in case I run out of options. In an effort to improve the idea I am going to do the following things.
1. Cut two small holes in the fan so I can see through the fan without having to expose my head and to be able to range the turkey with my rangefinder.
2. Put some kind of steel stakes or something so that way I can keep the fan up while I am getting ready to shoot instead of dropping it and then taking a shot at a running gobbler.
3. Get a picture of a gobbler head and put it in the front so the gobbler thinks the other tom is walking towards him.
"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will." --Mahatma Gandhi
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