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Attack of the Gobbler Decoys













Posted by Jim Schlender, Editor



The 2002 turkey season was my first as editor of Turkey & Turkey Hunting. Hen decoys had been in use for quite some time, and a few jake decoys were on the market, but I had never even heard of anyone using a gobbler decoy. Today, every decoy manufacturer offers a gobbler model, and the trend has brought several new players into the market. Love 'em or hate 'em, gobbler decoys are here to stay.

In Florida in 2006 I shot a gobbler that was charging my Montana Decoy full strut silhouette decoy. The next day I shot another bird with the help of Michael Waddell's "Road Trips Ralph" fake. But I've also seen toms spook at the sight of a full-strut deke. Then again, I've seen them spook at the sight of a hen decoy too, so it seems there are no guarantees.

Here are just a few of the gobbler decoys and accessories I saw at the NWTF convention in Atlanta in February.

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The Spin-N-Strut decoy, displayed here by Ken Davis, imitates a bold jake. You can flip the tail up and down like a turkey popping in and out of strut, and the special stake system allows the decoy to rotate like a real displaying tom.







 






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Ashley McPherson, daughter of Montana Decoys founder Jerry McPherson, shows off the company's full strut silhouette, one of the first gobbler decoys on the market.










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Tad Brown, product development manager for Flambeau, displays the new King Strut decoy. This one allows you to insert a real tail fan, wings and beard for extra realism.







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Ol' Tom, best known for its tactical turkey clothing, has also joined the gobbler decoy market with its Casanova full strut gobbler, shown here by Ol' Tom's marketing manager Clay White.





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Brad Farris and his daughter Morgan of Team Primos sold a lot of B-Mobile gobbler decoys and She-Mobile decoys at the show. They are pictured here with the decoys and the new Primos Double Bull Dark Horse blind in the background.




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Every new product spawns accessories. Chuck Younke, looking for a safe and convenient way to carry his gobbler decoy's tail fan, came up with the Turkey Tail Saver.


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