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, and then see how things actually turned out
Conclusion: Swamp Ding-a-Ling
I wasn't confident that I could twist my body around the tree and shoot one of the gobblers before being busted, so I decided to wait.
The hens quickly walked into the swamp, but the gobblers didn't follow them. Instead, they stayed in the road for a minute before slowly walking into a palmetto flat to my left. When I was sure they couldn't see me, I whirled around and yelped on a mouth call. Two gobbles boomed back from 50 yards away, and soon, the familiar shadowy forms were headed toward me. It was going to work.
Or maybe not. Sure, the gobblers came back -- to within 20 steps at one point. However, the palmettos were so thick that I only caught glimpses of the turkeys. And somehow, trying a body shot through the thick undergrowth didn't seem like a good play.
Seconds later, the gobblers were gone. Had I made the right decision not to twist around the tree? Perhaps. Still, tag soup is tag soup.
What decision did you make?
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