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 Point of Don't-Know Return
Disclaimer: This is another story involving a borrowed gun. You must read ahead to learn if any turkeys were harmed during the filming of the video involved.
So there I was, living Missouri’s opening day to the fullest. Two lust-filled longbeards had flown down at the far end of the pasture, and they honored every yelp I sent toward them. A videographer sat behind me, filming what promised to be smash-’em-up action. Another buddy sat behind him to watch the show.
Within minutes, the dream was almost fulfilled. The birds had worked their way to a small rise about 45 steps away. When their twin light-bulb heads popped over the rise to view my decoys, everyone expected to hear a shot. In fact, the videographer even whispered “boom.”
But there was the matter of the gun. I was on a hunt sponsored by a firearms company, so, being quick to catch on, I was using a shotgun they had supplied instead of my personal gun. I’d patterned several of the company’s scatterguns the day before and was impressed by one, unimpressed by several others and downright scared of some. Consistent patterns were not the norm, and that was at 30 steps.
As I mentioned, the gobblers were at 45, scoping out my decoys. Any other day, one of them would have been as dead as fried chicken, but not that day. Not at 45. There was no guarantee they’d walk to within 35, but I wasn’t taking a chance.
So the question loomed: Did I sit tight, and hope and pray my decoys convinced them to approach the final few yards, or did I try something else to tip the odds in my favor?
What would you have done? Post your decision below.
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