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
. Thy Partner's Turkey
I'd pretty much had it for the morning. A promising start had turned into a merry chase behind a breeding flock of Rios that eventually wandered off the property. By 10:30 a.m., my friend and I were out of patience and options.
Then one of those "Texas things" happened.
I'd yelped for the umpteenth time on a slate call and then closed my eyes for a catnap. Just as I was getting comfortable, however, a gobble floated out of the timber. Yeah, right. I closed my eyes again. Another gobble erupted.
OK, fine. I nudged my friend, and we gave chase. Within minutes, the bird was gobbling regularly at my calling, but he seemed stuck at a small, open flat about 120 yards below us. My buddy hadn't killed many turkeys, so I set him up near a small rise and walked behind him to float-call. With any luck, I'd pull the longbeard right down my friend's barrel.
And it was working, too. The bird eventually broke and was making steady progress toward us. But when he got within 60 yards, he made a hard right and seemed as if he was skirting around my friend's position. Crap, the gobbler was making a big end-around and taking a circuitous route to my calling.
I quickly scurried by my right, hoping to readjust the turkey's route and bring him back within shooting range of my friend. However, the gobbler had already made a wide circle and was getting pretty close to me.
Within seconds, a white head and buff-tinged fan would pop into the open, and I'd have to choose between shooting or letting the turkey walk off in hopes my friend could get a shot later. What would you have done? Post your decision below.
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