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#1164989 - 02/05/09 08:08 AM Re: Number of dekes [Re: Buckblaster]
8 Point

Registered: 10/03/07
Posts: 1930
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


#1167368 - 02/06/09 04:03 PM Re: Number of dekes [Re: Buckblaster]
Wes Parrish
16 Point

Registered: 06/12/02
Posts: 19470
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: 2979
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: 622
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.
“Eastern Wild Turkey, they can hear you think and see you change your mind”

#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!!
"Dont talk about it be about it"(Turkeyburd)

#1174717 - 02/11/09 12:28 PM Re: Number of dekes [Re: ]
16 Point

Registered: 10/23/02
Posts: 15955
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.
"Every man dies, but not every man lives."

#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.
Dont't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.- John Eldredge from the book Wild at Heart

#1178253 - 02/13/09 10:34 AM Re: Number of dekes [Re: showmehorns]
10 Point

Registered: 12/17/02
Posts: 4282
Loc: Bradyville, TN USA

Depends mostly on were i hunt and time of the year. In feilds or in the woods.

Fields or small plots,. early season,.. 1 hen, 1 feeding hen. Mid season,.. feeding hen and Bmobile ,.. late,.. just the feeding hen.
Woods,.. early and mid season,. 1 hen and late season i use no decoy.
QDMA member...Cannon co.
Guard your tongue in youth,.. and in age you may mature a thought that will be of service to your people!!

#1178306 - 02/13/09 11:20 AM Re: Number of dekes [Re: CopperHead77]

Registered: 06/16/05
Posts: 29
Loc: Al.

I don't use them very much, and depending on the place and pressure, I use a jake and 2 hens or just the 2 hens.
Until we meet again, My fine feathered friends

#1187984 - 02/18/09 12:28 PM Re: Number of dekes [Re: swamperJim]
16 Point

Registered: 11/28/02
Posts: 14605
Loc: Celina,Tn

I use a jake and a hen when hunting pastures but none in the woods!!
Psalms 37:16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked

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