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
. Decision Time: A Fool and His Mouth Call
It was the third day of my five-day Wisconsin turkey period, and I was starting to feel the pressure.
Oh, I'd gotten into the turkeys, mind you. I'd made a great move in the rain on Day 1, intercepting a traveling breeding flock and spooking them into the next county.
On Day 2, I'd struck a pepper-hot longbeard on a long point, and yelped my head off as I reeled him in ... only to booger him with an ill-timed movement at the moment of truth. He'd been so hot -- I am not making this up -- that he'd gobbled in between his putts as he sprinted off.
On Day 3, I finally pulled one gobble from a turkey on the point. I assumed it was the same bird, but of course, I couldn't be sure. It didn't matter. He gobbled once and then shut up.
"OK," thought. "Maybe he's coming. Or maybe I boogered him so bad yesterday that he won't work. Or maybe he's with hens."
The early-spring woods were still wide open, so I couldn't move on him. I'd have to try him from the same setup as the previous day, but I didn't know how to call to him. Should I go at him hard and aggressive like the day before? That didn't seem prudent, but he'd eaten it up 24 hours earlier. Or should I give him something different to chew on, hoping the soft, subtle approach would work? What would you have done? Post your decision below.
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