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
. Walking Tall, Falling Short
It isn't every day that you stumble onto a willing gobbler in an open field. It's equally rare that when presented with such good fortune, you can't do anything with it.
Turkey bud Matt Egge and I were under pressure. Somehow, the alarm hadn't gone off, and we'd hit the southwestern Wisconsin woods late. Our initial setup produced nothing, so when a distant gobble beckoned from the west, we chased it.
Our path led to a huge high-top pasture. After glassing the area and running some calls, we felt confident there weren't any turkeys in the open, so we cut across the field toward a small woodlot. About two-thirds of the way there, an ear-splitting gobble made us hit the deck.
Crap. The gobbler was hidden by a small depression in the pasture. We were stuck, but the bird was right there. I told Egge that if we called softly and made the turkey raise its head, we could probably kill it instantly.
Or not. Our yelps and clucks produced several more gobbles and some excited cutting from the gobbler's harem. However, the longbeard didn't budge. In fact, he started to drift away.
"Let's stand up and shoot him," I whispered. "We'll get on our feet, and when he lifts his head, it'll be over."
That's where it got interesting. I was supposed to shoot first that morning, as an out-of-state commitment would soon take me away. However, Egge is taller than I am, so when we stood, he saw the gobbler, but I couldn't. I didn't know whether to inch toward the turkey in hopes of getting a shot or concede defeat. What would you have done? Post your decision below.
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