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#1287556 - 04/13/09 10:29 AM Is a gobbler decoy necessary?
Spoonbillmallard
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I have had mixed feedback on this subject and would like some more input from you guys. Is it better to display a lone hen or a hen and a gobbler?

Seems when you call in the jakes and you have a gobbler decoy out they stay at a distance. Dominance factor is the reason i thought. But I was lucky enough to kill a jake last week with a hen and a gobbler decoy out, but they wasn't coming in to them. They seen the gobbler and was going to go around and got too close lol!

But I didn't know from ya'll experiance if just a hen decoy works better than a hen and a gobbler?
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#1287592 - 04/13/09 11:06 AM Re: Is a gobbler decoy necessary? [Re: Spoonbillmallard]
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Just depends on what the ol boy has been thru. There have been more than one jake that whooped up on a gobbler. Then again, a mature ol tom might just like to look for fights. To me, it seems that earlier in the season to just about right now (mid April)a lone hen or a couple of hens is better than putting out a jake, but then later on, a jake with a hen works better.
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#1287613 - 04/13/09 11:25 AM Re: Is a gobbler decoy necessary? [Re: Gray Ghost]
SALECREEKHUNTER
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I would like to hear the info on this as well. I called a gobbler in to about 70 yards this morning til he could see my gobbler and hen decoys. He strutted around at about 70 yards for 20 minutes or so, then he just turned away from them and didn't want anything to do with the decoys. He just walked around feeding for a while longer and eventually left.
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#1287624 - 04/13/09 11:37 AM Re: Is a gobbler decoy necessary? [Re: SALECREEKHUNTER]
turkeyhunter64
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I'm beginning to wonder about dekes at all. Last two set ups had a jake and 3 hens out. Every gobbler both jakes and toms that came by took a wide birth or gave no interest at all. Had 3 hens come in and check them out that is all.
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#1287698 - 04/13/09 12:37 PM Re: Is a gobbler decoy necessary? [Re: ]
REN
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I only use decoys if A) i have plenty of time and cover to put them out and B) I am doing more of a morning hunt where they will pitch down into my decoys (more of a comfort factor at this point)

I normally wont use them though and I dont like a strutting TOM decoy at all. One of the bigger reasons is i really dont like carrying one around and 2. i have seen to many times people using them and it had a reverse affect instead of a desired one.

I learned to hunt in bama growing up and decoys were illegal so now i just dont really feel the need to use them that much. if you have your set up good where the bird will be in range when he crests a hill or trail to look for you, you dont need them.
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#1287701 - 04/13/09 12:39 PM Re: Is a gobbler decoy necessary? [Re: ]
REN
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 Originally Posted By: captain hook

Funny thing about decoys is, that they can cost you just as much as they will bring you.



very true....i cannot tell you how many times i have heard or witnessed people mess up a hunt by trying to put out decoys instead of just sitting still.

trying to get closer to put them out on a roosted bird just to have the bird spot them or having one gobble on the ground and trying to get them out just to have the bird spot them putting them up.
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#1287750 - 04/13/09 01:23 PM Re: Is a gobbler decoy necessary? [Re: ]
REN
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 Originally Posted By: captain hook
REN, my feelings and experience come from similar roots as yours. I grew up in Miss, but we hunted AL alot and they were illegal. Best thing ever IMO, and wish they were still illegal. It makes folks really have to learn how to call, and position themselves to kill birds, even field birds.

I could care less if folks use them or not, honestly, but for me I just don't need them, and am happy to not have to fight with something else or rely on something else to be successful.



yeah it wouldn't hurt my feelings if there were here. It will make you learn to hunt them better and is actually MUCH safer when they are not allowed.

I will use them from time to time dont get me wrong but other then morning hunts I rarely will use them. Just leaned over alot of hunts that they can and will hurt you more then help a lot of times.
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#1287759 - 04/13/09 01:34 PM Re: Is a gobbler decoy necessary? [Re: ]
REN
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would be a good question.....

also agree with joined at the hip comment...i like the fact i KNOW i can hunt without them if need be and know how to adjust my set up when not using them.

it is a much different hunt/set up when you KNOW you are not going to be using them. Have to use the terrain to work in your advantage as well as calling techniques.


Edited by REN (04/13/09 01:34 PM)
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#1287904 - 04/13/09 03:20 PM Re: Is a gobbler decoy necessary? [Re: REN]
jbranham63
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I have only hunted turkeys for about 2 years and I have killed 2 birds. A jake last year at the end of the season and a gobbler this past friday. I had a decoy out when i saw the jake but he didnt come to it he stayed about 100 yds away and I had to crawl to him. Then with the gobbler I just called him in and didn't use decoys. I have had more birds run from decoys than come to them. Only had 1 gobbler come to a decoy and he came in behind me last year and I spooked him. But im still young at this game so I dunno!
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#1287915 - 04/13/09 03:32 PM Re: Is a gobbler decoy necessary? [Re: ]
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I can take them or leave them. I have tried all kinds over the years and currently have the ones with the bobbing heads. Two hens and one with a gobbler mounting a hen. Last year it seemed to scare them away and If I was just calling all I got in was hens. The year before I got a nice Tom and he was with 5 others and about 10 hens were walking with the toms. They put on a great show all the while I was watching and waiting. The most curious Tom came right up to the gobbler on the hen decoy and I laid him down. This was in wide open field.
This morning I didn't use decoys just a good old slate call and laid the old boy down.
I think once they have been fooled by them once or twice they wise up and stay their distance.

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