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.
The Chariot of Helios
Some turkey hunts reach a point when you realize you’ve screwed up so completely that you think, “Man, I hope no one is watching me.”
In Minnesota several years ago, I hit that point while crawling along a gravel road that bisected a large public area. I’d messed with a gobbler and several hens in a field at flydown, but they’d drifted away, leading me to try a long end-around maneuver. However, the turkeys threw me a curve when they walked right through the gravel parking lot — within yards of three vehicles — that connected with the road.
I first saw them when they cleared the shadow of a Suburban about 80 yards away. Of course, they stopped and craned their necks at the funny-looking object to the east.
“They’ll booger at any second,” I thought. “Wonder what’s taking so long?”
Then it hit me. The brilliant morning sun was rising directly behind me, and the turkeys couldn’t see anything but my obscured silhouette. I stayed frozen for several minutes, and the birds eventually walked off undisturbed.
I’d won that round, but it was decision time. Should I find a good setup just off the road and try to yelp the birds in? Or was I better off trying to continue my solar-assisted end-around to a better ambush point?
With the gravel digging into my elbows and the sun rising quickly, I had a few seconds to choose.
What would you have done? Post your decision below.
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