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 Borrowed Gun
Beware the borrowed gun. I heard those words early in my turkey hunting career, and they still ring true. However, because of need or industry obligation, you'll eventually end up using a loaner shotgun.
I was in that situation two springs ago in Nebraska. Sure, I'd lugged my trusty 870 700-some miles from my Wisconsin home, but when I arrived at camp, my host requested that I use a shotgun from one of the hunt sponsors. What could I say?
After patterning the gun, I determined that it threw a decent pattern but shot high. I'd just have to aim low. The next morning, I toted the borrowed gun to the woods.
Sure enough, soon after lunch, I struck two pepper-hot gobblers near a cottonwood ridge. I sat quickly, yelped once more and readied the borrowed gun. Within seconds, a gobbler charged into view at 30 steps and periscoped his head high.
No matter. The lead bird ducked behind a deadfall at the shot, but the noise startled the trailing gobbler, which took a step forward and held its head high.
Bam. Miss No. 2.
Uh-oh. I was two-thirds of the way to blowing a dream hunt, and both gobblers were turning to run away. I had obviously shot over their heads, but by how much? In the next millisecond, I had to decide whether to take a third shot at the fleeing birds or swallow my losses and get a new gun.
What would you do? Post your choice below, then click here
to see how things really turned out.