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
. Loan Star
Texas tends to spoil you. It's a marvelously beautiful, independent land, of course, but it's much more for turkey hunters. It's the fantasy camp where lust-crazed Rio gobblers trip over their beards running to your yelping and cutting.
Well, usually. You'll find exceptions now and then ... like a trip I took there in April 2006. A good friend and I had reunited to slap our tags on some Lone Star longbeards, and even when I missed a bird the first day, we weren't worried. Hey, it was Texas, right?
Wrong. The next day brought shocking failure. The third almost broke our spirits. And when we whiffed on our fly-down hunt the fourth morning, it was desperation time.
Birds were answering our calling, but they always seemed to lose interest and fade away. And of course, the open mesquite-covered landscape made maneuvering and repositioning next to impossible.
Another friend had killed a gobbler from a portable blind near a large, open flat, and he offered to take us there and loan us the blind. That might make sense. If birds weren't acting right, it might be wise to find an area they frequent and wait them out. But doggone it, this was Texas. You're not supposed to sit endlessly and wait them out as if you were hunting Easterns back home. You're supposed to yelp a lot, locate birds, set up on birds and then kill birds with alarming frequency.
With one afternoon left, my buddy and I had to decide between a sit-and-wait strategy and our favored cutt-and-run tactics. What would you have done? Post your decision below.
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