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Gobbler decoy or no?

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Unread 05-10-2010, 06:05 PM
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Re: Gobbler decoy or no?

Hey thanks everyone!

Sounds like a lot of you haven't had the experience I've had with the 2 year olds acting skittish around the Jake.
Well I went with 3 hens and a Jake for most of my field sets the 1st week of the season and this is how it went:

Monday - 2 jakes hung out in the decoys for a 1/2 hour sleeping and pecking & 2 hours later a Tom walked by 100yds out, stared at the decoys and left without so much as a 2nd glance (wierd huh)
Tuesday - A pair of Toms came right in 1/2 hour after flying down...acted skittish, not strutting and wouldn't go within 10yds of the Jake...they both died quickly with a well executed 1, 2, 3 BANG from my father and I! 1/2 hour later had 3 Jakes come in and hang out around the set for 20minutes or so with no aggression shown.
Wednesday- No birds seen
Thursday - No birds seen
Friday - Moved to a woods set up with a single hen decoy, called 3 Toms in and filled my 2nd tag at 8yards....unsure if they ever saw the decoy as the leaves have opened up well.


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Unread 05-10-2010, 11:08 PM
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Re: Gobbler decoy or no?

My results have been about like yours.

Decoys seem to spook them (It could be my set up) or make them hold up.

We have rio grande and Eastern turkey and the Eastern are the easiest
to decoy in. but most of the time they hold up at 80+yards (They have been hunted a lot)

So I normally don't use decoys and make them look for that hen that has them so riled
up.they are so busy trying to find her that they never see it coming.

Just my experience with decoys.


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