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: The Chariot of Helios
Had I been after a solo gobbler, I’d have set up shop near the road and hit the call. But I was trying to outmaneuver a henned-up turkey, so I figured I needed to get the drop on him. The relatively quiet road offered an easy approach, and the sun’s glare might help me for a few more moments.
I slipped toward the parking area, peeked around the corner and then crawled under the tailgate of one of the parked vehicles. I am not making that up. Then I eased to a small rise and caught a glimpse of the flock slowly feeding toward a small opening to the west.
Bingo. If I beat them there, the strutter would walk right down my barrel. I slipped into a small ditch and started my approach. It would have worked, too, if I hadn’t jumped two bedded deer 10 yards into my walk and sent them sprinting toward the turkeys.
I never heard the birds flush, but I knew they’d been spooked. I stuck around for an hour or so just to confirm that. By then, the once-friendly sun was beating down on my neck, and a once-in-a-season opportunity had passed me by.
What decision did you make?
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