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, then see how things actually turned out. The Corn Snake
If you've turkey hunted a while, you've probably enjoyed one or two of those whacky, improbable hunts that make you shake your head.
But sometimes, whacky ain't all great.
One morning this spring, I slipped to the base of a ridge bordered by a cornfield. Most of the corn had been cut the previous fall, but the landowner had left a small patch standing for deer.
Nothing gobbled at my tree yelping, but after fly-down time, a bird across the town road started lighting it up. I yelped pretty hard at him, and within seconds, he had crossed the road and gobbling furiously in the field.
He had, however, brought a buddy: a jake. The shortbeard rushed to my setup and then rubber-necked away. The gobbler stayed put.
Finally, after 20 minutes of soft calling, the bird broke and started walking along a creek bottom toward the standing corn. He disappeared into the bottom and then ... well, disappeared. For 30 minutes, I didn't see or hear him.
Then, like black ghosts, six birds emerged from the bottom and rushed my setup.
"Jake," I thought. "Jake. Jake. Jake. Jake. But what's that last bird?"
I couldn't tell. The thick standing corn prevented me from seeing his beard, and the dorky jakes were also in the way.
"Crap, did the jakes run the gobbler off?" I thought. "Or is that him? He had a jake with him earlier, after all."
In my head, I heard an Alabama buddy say, "Shoot him and ground-check him."
With the birds starting to ease away, I had to shoot or hold fire.
What would you have done? Post your decision below. Click here for Lovett's decision.