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
. The Fecund Dilemma
Hunting had been tough. When a steady downpour greeted us the final morning of Wisconsin's turkey season, it looked tougher.
It's not that birds hadn't been responding, mind you. In that corner of the world, however, there seemed to be a shortage of 2-year-olds, a bumper crop of jakes and the usual smattering of evil old turkeys. Many of the responsive turkeys we'd struck had turned out to be shortbeards, and we were having difficulty working mature gobblers.
Nonetheless, Matt Egge and I trudged through a flooded creek bottom, topped a hill by a rain-soaked pasture and ran a box call. A gobble floated back through the damp air. Analysis followed.
"Sounded kind of like a jake," I said.
"Could be, but it seemed like a full-roll gobble," Egge responded.
"Well, let's find out," I said.
We set up in a small woodlot and called again. Nothing. Then, I saw two dark forms enter the woods and run toward us. They were certainly male turkeys, but I wasn't sure of their age. Within seconds, they were standing 10 steps away, but the late-season foliage was so dense that it hid their breasts and beards. One turkey had the bright red head and neck of a jake, and the other wore the white softball noggin of a gobbler. Neither strutted.
Crap. I didn't want to shoot a jake by mistake, but if I waited much longer, the birds would surely turn and walk away. Was I letting a sure kill slip from my fingers? What would you have done? Post your decision below.
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