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. Case of the Departing Drummer
I've entangled myself in some pretty dumb predicaments through the years. Of course, as I get older, it stands to reason that I'd want to share with the next generation how to stumble into similarly ridiculous situations.
Wisconsin's 2004 youth season started out great. A gobbler ripped it from a lone pasture oak, and then flew down and started sprinting up the woods edge toward us. He paused long enough at the corner of the field to gobble directly at us and then resumed his death run. Man, this was awesome. I was going to have a smoking-hot longbeard in front of my young hunter before the sun was up.
But apparently, the gobbler had not seen many turkey videos or read Turkey & Turkey Hunting
. Halfway into his headlong charge toward our decoys, he ducked into the woods and out of sight. What? Why had he done that when he was seconds away from committing suicide? And more important, where had he gone?
Seconds later, a distinct "pfft-duuum" about 10 yards behind us in the brush answered that question.
I could have killed the longbeard with my pocket knife, but that wasn't the point. I was in charge of a teen-ager who'd never pointed a gun at a living thing, let alone tried to spin around a tree and get the drop on a point-blank gobbler.
Crap. If I told my young friend to ease around the tree and shoot, the odds of failure were high. However, if we didn't act, the bird would likely leave -- and I didn't want the kid's first turkey hunt to be a head-slapping, heart-breaking stunner. What would you have done? Post your decision below.
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