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. Tussle With Russell
It was my first turkey hunting trip to Missouri, and I was fired up. So was Russell, the farmer on whose land we'd hunt.
And Russell liked to talk.
And ... well, you get the idea.
Anyway, by the time my buddy and I got Russell out of the barnyard and into the woods, it was past fly-down time, and a 25-mph wind had kicked up. We yelped a few times and heard nothing. Well, nothing but the howling wind, at least.
Having nothing better to do, we set two decoys on an open knob in some sparse timber and cold-called for a bit. After one sequence, Russell said he'd heard a gobble. I was skeptical, but when I looked up to see two longbeards sprinting toward us, my opinion changed.
Before we could react, the birds were within 25 steps, bee-lining right at the decoys. And with nothing but air between my gun barrel and the twin softball heads, I probably couldn't blink without getting busted. However, the birds certainly wouldn't hang around long.
Crap! Should I try to mount my gun quickly, assuredly spooking the birds in the process? Or was there a chance I could remain still and wait for an opportune moment to move? I had about one second to choose. What would you have done? Post your decision below.
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