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, then see how things actually turned out.
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Years earlier, I probably would have stood, walked to the lip of the ridge, hammered on a call and then slipped through the woods to where I thought the turkeys might be. However, those types of aggressive moves can often be the kiss of death with silent, henned-up birds. After a brief discussion, Jerry and I decided to stay put and see what would happen.
I grabbed my box call and yelped a few times. Minutes later, I went into a long calling series. Five minutes and numerous yelps later, I had nothing to show for it.
"There he is!" Jerry hissed.
Unbelievable. A snow-white head atop a blood-red neck had shot up from the edge of the woods and was surveying the field. Soon, he puffed up like a balloon, fanned out his tail and began drumming. A minute later, he was flopping by the decoy.
"Man, I'm glad we stayed put," I said.
"Yeah, I couldn't tell where they were, so it seemed silly to go blundering through the woods," he said. "A lot of guys move way too soon, before they know what's going on."
I didn't bother telling Jerry that I was usually one of those guys. For the moment, we looked like geniuses, and I liked that feeling.
What decision did you make
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