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. Young Bull, Old Bull
Most folks know the story of the old bull and the young bull, which, in salty fashion, illustrates the classic extremes between youthful exuberance and the wisdom of age. Sometimes, we gobbler-chasers seem torn between those instincts.
Four springs ago, I set off at noon to find a Minnesota longbeard. I stopped my truck at the base of two large, high points and ran an aluminum call. Lo and behold, a turkey answered, but he was so far away I?could barely hear him.
I hot-footed it through a long sheep pasture to the base of the ridge that connected the points. Eventually, I determined there were two birds; one atop each point. I backed off and tried to get a fix on them, calling as I went. The gobbler on the eastern point started to fire up, so I figured I was in business.
I reached the base of the eastern point and cutt hard on my friction call. The bird responded immediately. Better, it sounded as if he'd moved 100 or so yards to the top of the point and was directly above me. Soon, the turkey started gobbling on his own. I just had to get to him.
That, however, was the problem. The gobbler was atop the point, and I was at the bottom. To reach him, I'd have to plod up a long, steep incline.
Maybe another option was better. There was a logging road about one-third mile east that wound to the top of the point. But to get there, I'd have to leave the turkey, walk around the tip of the point, huff and puff to the road, take the road up the incline and then slip into the open hardwoods atop the bluff, all of which might take a half-hour. I didn't want to spend all day getting in position, because the turkey -- as many do -- would probably start to cool down within 20 or 30 minutes.
Young bull or old bull? The clock was ticking. What would you have done?
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