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.Creek-Bottom Combo
The turkey hunting tradition in Alabama runs long and deep, so I’m never surprised when I encounter traditional turkey hunting challenges there.
Pressured birds? Yep. Henned-up gobblers? Sure. Tight-lipped longbeards? Check. A combination of those? You bet.
But let me back up. One hazy afternoon, a friend pointed me toward a food plot at the end of a logging road and wished me luck. I slipped in quietly, set up and was getting ready to yelp when a hen beat me to it. An air-splitting gobble followed.
The gobbler was probably 100 yards away in a thick, nasty creek bottom. The hen was to my right, which meant I was between them. I eased a few yards closer to the gobbler and yelped softly on a slate. He cut me off with a double-gobble, so I readied my gun.
And then the hen yelped again and moved toward the gobbler. The longbeard, in turn, gobbled and moved toward her. I chimed in as much as I could, but I was already a third wheel. Within two minutes, the lovebirds had shut up and moved up the ridge.
No matter. It was close enough to dark that I figured the birds would roost nearby. The next morning, I slipped into where the gobbler had been, found a dandy hide and prepared for action.
Nothing. No gobbling, no drumming, no visuals — zip. The bird couldn’t have been far away, but he obviously wasn’t in the mood to play. I figured I could wait another hour at the setup just in case or try another area. Patience and subtlety are always good choices in Alabama, but I wasn’t so sure that sticking with that setup wasn’t a waste of time.What would you have done? Post your decision below.
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