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
. Swamp Ding-a-Ling
As much as we dissect every twist and turn of a turkey hunt, that pesky element of chance often rules the day.
One morning, I was blind-calling along a southern South Carolina logging road, facing a small food plot. Suddenly, a gobble erupted about 75 yards to my right, and within seconds, I saw two shadowy forms slinking toward me through the palmettos.
Grinning under my facemask, I raised the gun and slipped off the safety. Just then, however, the gobblers hit a small slough to my right, took a hard left turn and slipped out of sight. Soon, they were strutting and drumming 15 steps directly behind me in the road.
As I peered over my shoulder, however, I caught movement in the food plot in front of me. Sure enough, three hens were pecking their way through the open area.
It was dilemma time. If I tried to spin around the tree, one of the gobblers would likely see me, and the hens would certainly bust me. If I waited, the gobblers might walk down the road toward the hens, giving me a point-blank shot. Or, the longbeards might simply melt into the thick palmettos and disappear.
It was go for broke or hope for the best, and I had to decide immediately.
What would you have done?
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