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
. Moonlight Musings
It was one of those
mornings. The moonlight illuminated every corner of the night, and you couldn't have fit another star in the sky. Flags drooped on their poles, and the mercury had dipped just enough to let you know it was spring in Wisconsin.
I was hunting a turkey-rich farm for the first time and couldn't wait to start. I'd only scouted the place once or twice, so I was essentially going in blind. Still, I knew the farm's timbered ridges were filthy with gobblers, and a buddy had assured me I'd have plenty of close encounters.
After traipsing up a field road, I stopped at a small ridge near a grove of planted pines to listen. If nothing else, I wanted to make sure I didn't spook birds. Even if I didn't get tight with them at flydown, I could move on them later.
Within minutes, a booming gobble shattered the morning stillness. I walked a couple of steps farther up the field road and listened for the next gobble to pinpoint the bird. The gobbler hammered again, and I quickly realized he was right where my friend had said turkeys roosted in autumn: in a cluster of big oaks about halfway up the opposite side of a large draw.
Because the gobbler was on a fairly steep incline, I expected him to fly down to the "short side" of the terrain -- the nearby northern ridge. Trouble was, I was on the southern side of the draw. I could reach the northern ridge in five minutes if I slipped up the field road. However, that would also take me right past the open bottom of the draw and within 100 steps of the longbeard. Because of the bright moonlight and still conditions, that was risky.
My only other choice was to crest the southern ridge, slip into a good set-up area and hope for the best. I didn't like that option. When a loud-mouthed hen joined in with gobbler across the draw, I liked it even less.
But with fly-down time approaching, I needed to quickly formulate and execute a plan. What would you have done?
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