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.
People of the South Wind
You’ve had that feeling. It might strike as you pass a cop on a busy freeway or when you suddenly come face to face with someone you’re trying to avoid. It’s that uneasy rush of dread and panic that signals something is amiss.
When you get that feeling immediately before a turkey hunt, it’s not a good omen. But there I was, “Spidey sense” tingling, about to embark on a Kansas turkey trek. Oh, the property we could hunt looked good, and I knew Kansas was packed with gobblers. But our guide for the day was a bit … different, and he insisted that five of us squeeze into a truck and drive around looking for turkeys.
We saw some birds — mostly several hundred yards away in massive ag fields — but our guide didn’t want to leave the truck. By 10 a.m., someone finally insisted that we find a likely area and just hunt. By then, the wind was blowing at about 30 mph.
Our guide pulled the truck next to a river bottom, and we ran some calls right at the parking area. Unbelievably, a bird hammered back about 60 yards away. My friends and I immediately hit the dirt and tried to think of a plan.
Ha! Plan? What plan? We belly-crawled to a small tree and tried to look like rocks. Seconds later, I glimpsed a white head criss-crossing in and out of a small opening in the timber. The bird was undoubtedly nervous that it couldn’t see a hen and wouldn’t stick around long.
Considering the wind and tight cover, a shot would be tricky. I wasn’t about to take any risky shots, but I didn’t know if the turkey would give me anything else. It might be best to let the gobbler wander off and then circle around to him in the river bottom. However, I feared that my daffy guide might have another “strategy,” and we might never see the longbeard again.
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