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#1160804 - 02/02/09 08:18 PM Re: Number of dekes [Re: CopperHead77]
8 Point

Registered: 03/24/06
Posts: 2088
Loc: Oklahoma City

I hate decoys but when I hunt a field bird I use them. I use a full strut tom and two hens.
#1160891 - 02/02/09 08:46 PM Re: Number of dekes [Re: CopperHead77]

Registered: 01/31/09
Posts: 77
Loc: Allons, TN

I have a strutter (Pretty Boy) and a hen. Used the strutter last year once. I bought a DSD hen to try this year. I never had a real good place to set up with the decoy's. Probably use them more this year.
#1164989 - 02/05/09 08:08 AM Re: Number of dekes [Re: Buckblaster]
8 Point

Registered: 10/03/07
Posts: 1900
Loc: MT. Juliet Tennessee

early on I will use 3-4 hens and a couple of jakes
Late in the season 1 hen or none at all


#1166930 - 02/06/09 09:14 AM Re: Number of dekes [Re: Lawrence]
16 Point

Registered: 02/02/07
Posts: 14240
Loc: tn

2 hens and a jake
with them all facing me, the hens closest to me about 5-10 feet between them and the jake kinda offset behind them about 10 feet between 30-40 yards out depending on my setup how far i am in the woodline off a feild.

then later in the year 1 hen and the jake.
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#1167368 - 02/06/09 04:03 PM Re: Number of dekes [Re: Buckblaster]
Wes Parrish
16 Point

Registered: 06/12/02
Posts: 18645
Loc: Knoxville-Dover-Union City, TN

 Originally Posted By: Buckblaster
How many decoys do you use and what are they. (jakes, hens)


I've had great success in using decoys, and been greatly handicapped by using decoys. I see them as overall a "neutral" factor, and I've come to enjoy my turkey hunting more by not using them. Too easy to get "busted" when trying to set them out, or trying to retrieve them for your next "run" ---- and they're just something else I don't need to carry.

I've had decoys bring in an old Tom, and I've had decoys cause a Tom to hang up ---- mostly the latter.

#1167441 - 02/06/09 05:27 PM Re: Number of dekes [Re: Wes Parrish]
10 Point

Registered: 08/26/04
Posts: 2975
Loc: Wartburg, TN (Morgan Co)

I hunt more in the Mountains and don't need one. If I hunted more fields I would use them.

I have one and have used it once with no luck...

#1168853 - 02/08/09 10:03 AM Re: Number of dekes [Re: CopperHead77]
6 Point

Registered: 04/21/06
Posts: 616
Loc: Cleveland, Tennessee

Most of the time 3 1 jake, 2 hens.

I have used the jake on the hen breeding.

I am going to try and turn my jake decoy into a struting turkey with a real fan this season.
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#1169406 - 02/08/09 07:03 PM Re: Number of dekes [Re: CopperHead77]
Woodpile Boys
12 Point

Registered: 08/31/05
Posts: 6389
Loc: the hill

One hen and pretty boy when they are right!!
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#1174717 - 02/11/09 12:28 PM Re: Number of dekes [Re: captain hook]
16 Point

Registered: 10/23/02
Posts: 15917
Loc: usually in the woods

 Originally Posted By: captain hook
None, don't need them.

Yes, you do. But I agree, they aren't always a must. Depending on the situation, terrain and what mood the turkeys are in that day, they can mean the difference in watching a bird from 100 yards, or carrying him over your shoulder on the way back to the truck.
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#1177993 - 02/13/09 09:15 AM Re: Number of dekes [Re: CopperHead77]
4 Point

Registered: 02/11/08
Posts: 177
Loc: Maury Co. TN

I usually just use one hen. Last year, I bought one of the B-mobiles and added a jake fan to it. I had long beards, jakes, hens, practically everything comming to it. It worked great early to mid season. If I'm in the woods, I usually dont even use a decoy.
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