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
. Pig Penned
The hunt had started with great promise, but there I was -- stuck.
An hour earlier, a friend and I had seen two or three gobblers on an open flat bordering a dry New Mexico creek bottom. After hiding the truck a quarter-mile up the road, we came at the birds from the opposite direction. A mountain point that led to a small row of cedars near an old hog pen hid our approach.
"This is as far as we can go," my friend said. "Let's try them."
I sat by the cedars and yelped. A roaring gobble echoed back. Bingo.
The birds answered my next few calls, too, but didn't get closer. Subsequent calling series garnered a tepid response, and after 20 minutes, the gobblers just stopped answering. I waited 10 minutes. Nothing.
"Are they coming?" I thought. "What the heck?"
There was no way to tell, and I didn't dare peek around the thick cedars to find out. Trouble was, I'd set up too close to the trees, and if the birds came in silently, they'd be almost on top of me before I knew it.
I couldn't leave the setup, of course, but I longed for a clue about the whereabouts of the birds. Should I sit silently and take my chances or try some other calling tactic to elicit a gobble? What would you have done? Post your decision below.
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