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 Diceman Cometh
It had already been a good day. I’d killed a dandy longbeard right after flydown, and then some friends invited me to share a hunt with them at another property. And when two gobblers choked themselves at my first run of yelps, the day looked even better.
However — there’s always a however in turkey hunting, isn’t there? — I’d made a critical error. I’d called after we’d stopped at the crest of a wide-open field, and the gobblers appeared to be near the edge of a distant woods, with nothing but air between us. Obviously, we had to duck down, reposition and find some cover. By the time we did, the birds were in the field, heading toward where I’d called.
Our setup wasn’t great. I would have preferred to duck into cover on some high ground and pull the turkeys up toward us, but the birds would have seen that move and busted us. Instead, we went downhill about 150 yards from the gobblers, into one of those deep hollows that are so prevalent in southwestern Wisconsin. And we had quite a bit of open field in front of us — with no decoys.
Then came the roll of the dice: Play it soft and coy with the call, or get on the gobblers to coax them into that questionable setup? What would you have done? Post your decision below.
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