In "Decision Time," Editor Brian Lovett shares 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.
Conclusion: Case of the Departing Drummer
I had to at least test the waters, so I whispered to the young hunter that the gobbler was drumming right behind us. Based on his expression, my friend didn't know what drumming was or thought I was pulling his leg -- or both.
That sealed it. I waited patiently for another 90 seconds, and then the drumming slowly faded as the previously red-hot gobbler walked up a steep hill and out of our lives. I tried to impart to my charge how close we'd come, but I'm not sure he believed me.
And do you know what? It didn't matter anyway. The next morning, we struck a lonely gobbler, and I yelped him 200 yards along a logging road to within 20 yards of the gun. My young pal smoked that turkey, and a hunter was born.
"I heard that sound again with this bird," he said, describing the drumming of the approaching gobbler. "Now I know what that was yesterday."
Yep. Only yesterday no longer mattered.
What decision did you make?
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