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Gobbler decoy or no?

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Unread 04-29-2010, 05:29 PM
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Gobbler decoy or no?

Gotta be honest...I'm on the fence with this one and thinking a lot of you might be too.
I'm speaking specifically to early season before the Jakes and 2yr olds get too beat up by the big guys...Use em or not?

I've killed birds over them but I've also had 2yr olds run in and run right back out with me sometimes killen em and sometimes not. Is the "jealousy draw" of a jake or strutter worth it or not?
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Unread 04-29-2010, 06:59 PM
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Re: Gobbler decoy or no?

Tom deeks are great here in S.C. They, in my humble oppinion bring on compition. If it looks like a tom is getting action the others may want in.
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Unread 04-29-2010, 11:37 PM
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Re: Gobbler decoy or no?

For the little guys no...for the big dominate toms yes...I use two hens and one Jake decoy in the prime of the season.
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Unread 04-30-2010, 07:27 AM
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Re: Gobbler decoy or no?

I've had pretty good success when I'm after the dominate gobbler. I have had groups of jakes mob a gobbler decoy also. I'd say that gobbler decoys are about like everything else turkey hunting, it works about 50% of the time at best.

And remember that gobbler decoys are extremely dangerous to hunt with. I only use them on private land that i'm fairly sure that no one but me is there.
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Unread 04-30-2010, 12:26 PM
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Re: Gobbler decoy or no?

I've had decent success on the larger easterns in MO, but further west I've seen my Bmobile scare both the smaller rios and merriams.

Also, when I'm scouting if I see a big tom all hen'd up I am more apt to try the tom deke to pull him off. Rarely have I seen a tom leave his harem for a single or double hen deke but he might come over lookin for a fight.
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Unread 05-03-2010, 01:10 PM
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Re: Gobbler decoy or no?

I have a Primo's B Mobil and the results have been spectacular! The big Tim's get real aggressive.

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Unread 05-04-2010, 06:26 PM
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Re: Gobbler decoy or no?

I have had more gobblers come in to a jake decoy than a hen decoy. Several times I've had multiple toms come in and knock the jake decoy down and peck at it's head, other times circle around it like a merry-go-round.
I certainly think a jake decoy won't scare off an adult gobbler (unless presentation is wrong like folded at a weird angle or such).
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