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, then see how things actually turned out
. The Gate Debate
Man, only brothers can fight like that.
The siblings were helping me try to fill an Iowa tag, and they were both fantastic turkey hunters. However, one was a run-and-gun artist, and the other preferred a patient, passive approach.
That hadn't been an issue earlier in the day. In fact, we'd been surrounded by hard-gobbling longbeards. We just couldn't get one killed. That afternoon, we hit a great-looking area consisting mostly of large ag fields surrounded by mature timber.
The older brother won the strategy discussion, so we planned to walk and call. Not much was answering, though, and we eventually bumped a gobbler that had been coming to our yelping as we stood by a large gate.
"Dang it," the younger brother said. "This is a great place to just sit and call. That's what we should have been doing. Turkeys travel back and forth here all day."
"Yeah, but we have tons of acreage to cover," the older sibling responded. "You never know where you might strike a red-hot turkey. Why wait when you can get tight with one?"
The sun was setting, so our hunt for that day was finished. However, we started to ponder the next morning. We knew the spooked gobbler would like be roosted in the neighborhood, so the debate began anew. Yes, we'd start by the gate, but if nothing gobbled nearby, should we stretch our legs or sit and be patient? I'd have to be the tie-breaking vote. What would you have done? Post your decision below.
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