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 Debate at Fool's Hollow
Have you ever been desperate for attention from a turkey? Sure you have. Like me, you’ve probably glassed wide pastures until your eyes ached and your binoculars felt like an anvil. You’ve likely sat stock still at a dead setup, certain that you’re hearing faint drumming from an unseen — and ultimately imagined — strutter. And you’ve no doubt hit a call and then listened in vain for the tail end of a gobble borne on a spring wind.
That’s where we were at one gorgeous late-May day in Minnesota. Two buddies and I had, in typical fashion, whiffed on our roost hunt and then failed to raise a bird later in the morning. After a quick lunch, we were intent on making a death trek around a huge hollow that always held turkeys. Surely we’d strike one there.
And only 200 yards into our climb, we did. Trouble was, we couldn’t agree on where the bird was. At the gobble, one friend and I had pointed down into the hollow. Our other buddy, who knew the property best, had pointed in the opposite direction, up toward the peak of the ridge.
The solution was simple. We’d get the bird to gobble again, which would let us course it correctly. And if you’ve turkey hunted for long, you already know that the turkey never gobbled again.
Hmm. We thought about setting up and waiting for the gobbler to make the next move. That would be the safe play. But if two of us thought the bird was below us, wouldn’t it make sense to ease toward the valley bottom and set up there? What would you have done? Post your decision below.
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