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#1287759 - 04/13/09 01:34 PM Re: Is a gobbler decoy necessary? [Re: captain hook]
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.


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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: captain hook]
cweand
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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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#1288197 - 04/13/09 07:09 PM Re: Is a gobbler decoy necessary? [Re: captain hook]
Spoonbillmallard
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Thanks guys all great opinions in my book. I have only hunted turkeys for about 5 years now and only restricted to hunting on the weekends so I don't get to get out much during the short season. But I have had similar results as yours when using a gobbler decoy. The jake I killed wasn't coming to the decoys and the other run in with a tom he didn't want anything to do with em. both times they just stayed thier distance and tried moving around me.

I have never not hunted with decoys I have felt that I need all the help I can get. But not until recently have i felt that they may in fact be hurting me more than helping me. So I think I might go out this weekend and leave the dekes at the house and see what happens.
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#1288297 - 04/13/09 08:01 PM Re: Is a gobbler decoy necessary? [Re: Spoonbillmallard]
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 Originally Posted By: Spoonbillmallard
Thanks guys all great opinions in my book. I have only hunted turkeys for about 5 years now and only restricted to hunting on the weekends so I don't get to get out much during the short season. But I have had similar results as yours when using a gobbler decoy. The jake I killed wasn't coming to the decoys and the other run in with a tom he didn't want anything to do with em. both times they just stayed thier distance and tried moving around me.

I have never not hunted with decoys I have felt that I need all the help I can get. But not until recently have i felt that they may in fact be hurting me more than helping me. So I think I might go out this weekend and leave the dekes at the house and see what happens.



sounds good...get after them. Just remember a ton of birds are killed in states including alabama where you are not allowed to even use them so it can be done by any.

if you are not going to use them then just use the land and your calling to intice them to come in close. Use the land to make them want to come and see if a hen is in there. I usually try to make my set up to where they will be withing 30yds in order to see down to where i am. At that point it doesnt matter if he decideds to leave because he doesnt see anything...he is dead before he makes that decision. Learn to throw the sound of your calls in different directions to make it seem you are leaving and going the opposite way as he is so he wants to keep coming to find you. Use the sounds of wing beats (can use a hat against your leg or an actual wing off a previous kill) to even assure him more that you are there an waiting for love lol.

good luck man and rest assured tons of people kill nice birds each year without using decoys, sometimes they help but sometimes having none out helps even more.
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#1288358 - 04/13/09 08:29 PM Re: Is a gobbler decoy necessary? [Re: captain hook]
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I wish I had a decoy that would scare off jakes, they are destroying all my hunts.
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