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
. Got You Covered
Man, if you find good cover in Texas, you'd better make use of it.
We had, and we did. In fact, my buddy had found and doctored a cedar grove to such an extent that it seemed better and more comfortable than a portable blind. And it was near the intersection of two ranch roads that led to roost sites -- a perfect shady ambush spot for a hot Lone Star evening.
However, you experienced turkey hunters know that good cover also holds some drawbacks. Sure, if you're ultra-concealed, a turkey can't see you. But you can have trouble seeing and shooting the turkey.
And that's just what happened. About an hour into our hunt, two smoking-hot longbeards responded to my calling and minced slow steps toward our decoys. They came up through a small creek bed, and before I knew it, they were 25 steps away. Perfect, right? Nope. The maze of cedar branches in front of my barrel prevented me from shooting. Within seconds, the gobblers were about five steps away -- still mostly concealed by cedars.
Of course, they weren't going to stick around forever, and there was no guarantee they'd walk off in a direction that would give me a clear shot. If I made a quick move, I'd probably still have plenty of time to shoot one of the spooked longbeards. But if I remained patient, they might give me an open shot at a more desirable range.
Suddenly, the cedars didn't feel as comfortable. What would you have done? Post your decision below.
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