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#3171695 - 02/21/13 08:40 AM Strutter Decoys and Gobble Calls
BHC
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Whats your experience/ advice with tools such as these? Is it basically jus a 50/50 that you get on the right bird or birds? I have heard they are more effective early in season when birds are establishing their dominance. Also when gobblers are still in groups, as there a little braver in numbers or maybe it's just that your chance are better of having a dominant mature bird in a group...
But then I've heard ppl say they've had more jakes and 2 yr old birds, come into a strutter decoy than they have mature birds...??

What's your thoughts?
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#3171705 - 02/21/13 08:51 AM Re: Strutter Decoys and Gobble Calls [Re: BHC]
woodsman87
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I have never used a full strut decoy, but I have seen gobblers come to a regular jake decoy and do like they do on tv, but only three times. I hardly ever use decoys though so my sample size isn't worth very much.
I do use a gobble call quite often and it sometimes elicts gobble respones when nothing else will. Although it could have very well happened to me, I do not think I have ever "gobbled up" a gobbler but I normally don't try. I am sure it would work on occasions though.

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#3171803 - 02/21/13 10:12 AM Re: Strutter Decoys and Gobble Calls [Re: woodsman87]
make them gobble
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i have seen one bird come into a stutter decoy, all the others have seen it and ran away even mature field bird was coming on a string and turned and ran the other way. i use jake and hen decoy when i use decoys
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#3171811 - 02/21/13 10:15 AM Re: Strutter Decoys and Gobble Calls [Re: make them gobble]
woodsman87
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 Originally Posted By: make them gobble
i have seen one bird come into a stutter decoy, all the others have seen it and ran away even mature field bird was coming on a string and turned and ran the other way. i use jake and hen decoy when i use decoys


I have never personally used one, but know somebody who used one one time. he said as soon as the gobbler saw it it ran off. Like I said earlier, the regular jake, mine is either a feather flex or flambeua, not even sure because I hardly use it, does work occasionally though.
to me scaring off one gobbler isn't worth it. I have killed plenty without decoys so I don't see why I would need one now.

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#3171831 - 02/21/13 10:34 AM Re: Strutter Decoys and Gobble Calls [Re: woodsman87]
smstone22
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Ive never used a strutter but do use a gobble call in several situations. Last year I was trying to get my wife an old gobbler that was very territorial over one certain pasture. I had called to him sparingly for maybe a 60 minute timeframe and all he wanted to do was just gobble and walk back and forth on a little ridge in the field. I dropped back about 30 yards behind my wife, yelped and then immediately hit the gobble call. That old gobbler came charging down right into her lap and she drilled it. Ended up having 1.5 inch spurs.
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#3171879 - 02/21/13 11:29 AM Re: Strutter Decoys and Gobble Calls [Re: woodsman87]
Spurhunter
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I have had them hang up at 90 yards and strut and gobble for hours. I have had them stand across the field and gobble at it. I have had as many as 9 jakes come in and strut around it. Never kiled a bird over it. But, I've used it less than 10 times over several years.
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#3171893 - 02/21/13 11:38 AM Re: Strutter Decoys and Gobble Calls [Re: Spurhunter]
Rockhound
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To me a full strut decoy is just to much to tote
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#3171941 - 02/21/13 12:15 PM Re: Strutter Decoys and Gobble Calls [Re: Rockhound]
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 Originally Posted By: Rockhound
To me a full strut decoy is just to much to tote
X2 on top of that, Ive never had success with one
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#3172131 - 02/21/13 03:47 PM Re: Strutter Decoys and Gobble Calls [Re: PinchPoint]
Bullfrog
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A friend of mine doesn't own a single call, but he kills a limit over a strutter decoy every year. I've seen several die with gobbling as well as hunting over a strutter
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#3172135 - 02/21/13 03:55 PM Re: Strutter Decoys and Gobble Calls [Re: Bullfrog]
Setterman
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I have never used a decoy of any kind and don't plan on ever using one or needing one.

I have used and killed a fair number of birds by gobbling at them. I gobble using a diaphragm and it sounds amazingly realistic unlike the gobble calls on the market. Caution is obviously required when gobbling.

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#3172147 - 02/21/13 04:10 PM Re: Strutter Decoys and Gobble Calls [Re: Setterman]
762hunter
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had a nice bird come running in to my struter jake last year, popped him out 20 yards out.

just had my jake and a hen out and he came running from so far out he was nothing more than a black dot when I first saw him

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#3172179 - 02/21/13 04:48 PM Re: Strutter Decoys and Gobble Calls [Re: Setterman]
knightrider
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decoy makes an awful good back rest!!!
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#3172185 - 02/21/13 04:57 PM Re: Strutter Decoys and Gobble Calls [Re: knightrider]
woodsman87
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 Originally Posted By: knightrider
decoy makes an awful good back rest!!!


Yep! I don't hardly ever use em, its pretty much just folded up in the back of my vest all season. I literally leave it in there all year for a back cushion

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#3172209 - 02/21/13 05:17 PM Re: Strutter Decoys and Gobble Calls [Re: woodsman87]
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I dont use em but my father inlaw kills 2 or 3 with a full strutter every year. He says when they see it they walk right to it.
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#3172242 - 02/21/13 05:48 PM Re: Strutter Decoys and Gobble Calls [Re: muddyboots]
@fulldraw
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I've used a bmobile for years. I have yet to see a gobbler not come in to him if its seen. His name is Fred! \:D
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#3172343 - 02/21/13 07:25 PM Re: Strutter Decoys and Gobble Calls [Re: BHC]
Bucks & Beards
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 Originally Posted By: BHC
Whats your experience/ advice with tools such as these? Is it basically jus a 50/50 that you get on the right bird or birds? I have heard they are more effective early in season when birds are establishing their dominance. Also when gobblers are still in groups, as there a little braver in numbers or maybe it's just that your chance are better of having a dominant mature bird in a group...
But then I've heard ppl say they've had more jakes and 2 yr old birds, come into a strutter decoy than they have mature birds...??

What's your thoughts?

I killed a mature bird last year the first week-end of May coming to my buddy's "Spin-N-Strut". He left a hen he had just bred and came straight to our decoy spread - 2 Flambeau Shady Lady's and the "Spin-N-Strut". Convinced me.
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#3172498 - 02/21/13 08:56 PM Re: Strutter Decoys and Gobble Calls [Re: Bucks & Beards]
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I have a strutter and never had any success with it. Haven't used it in several years and very rarely use any decoys. Have a buddy that has killed quite a few that saw the strutter and came running.
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#3172644 - 02/21/13 10:53 PM Re: Strutter Decoys and Gobble Calls [Re: Gravey]
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I dont hardly use a decoy at all but if I do I have better luck with a strutter decoy later in the season. and I hardly ever gobble. I have the b mobile as a strutter. but at the nwtf show mojo had a strutting decoy that was pretty cool if 150 I doubt ill ever use it. im not sure if it is even legal in tn. it moves in circles and the fan goes up and down I believe it runs off 4 AA battery's. I have better luck not using a decoy though it seems.
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#3172805 - 02/22/13 08:05 AM Re: Strutter Decoys and Gobble Calls [Re: deerhunter10]
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I had 2 hens and a strutting tom decoy setup when I first started turkey hunting. One day I had a bunch of birds coming towards me as all they could see were the hen decoys. But when the big tom of the group got into a position to where he could see my strutting tom decoy, he bolted off. The closest he came was within 60 or so yards. I never took that thing out ever again. Waste of $80 for me.
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#3172861 - 02/22/13 08:45 AM Re: Strutter Decoys and Gobble Calls [Re: drrxnupe]
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I hunt mostly fields and use decoys all the time.I've had great success using them out in the pasture but I dont fool with them when hunting the woods.
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#3173023 - 02/22/13 11:45 AM Re: Strutter Decoys and Gobble Calls [Re: Wrangler95]
mathews338
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I only use my strutter when I hunt fields. I've done better with it in early and late season. success has been about 50/50. sometimes they run right up to it and try to fight and sometimes they run away from it.
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#3173396 - 02/22/13 07:27 PM Re: Strutter Decoys and Gobble Calls [Re: Setterman]
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Here's my DSD strutter. I hooked up a motion stake that I got from BPS. It has a remote control. The strutter looks too good and I won't use it on public property, only on my lease. I've been trying out the new Haint gobble call, but I got a lot more practicing to do on that.. its a lot of fun trying. I usually use a DSD Jake and hen. They work real good together. When the gobblers are henned up, the DSD hen has caused hens to leave the gobbler and come over and put some whooping on her and that sometimes will bring the henned up gobbler in close enough for a shot. The jakes work good for me too, busted a lot of gobblers over my jake.
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#3173787 - 02/23/13 08:31 AM Re: Strutter Decoys and Gobble Calls [Re: Setterman]
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Only decoy I ever use is just a single hen and I rarely use that
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#3173926 - 02/23/13 12:49 PM Re: Strutter Decoys and Gobble Calls [Re: stickler]
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I have killed a few birds over a strutter decoy, and I have "gobbled up" two. Both times birds were hung up and I gobbled as a last resort. One flew across a swamp and landed right in front of me, the other came running down a logging road looking for the intruder. Both were among the coolest hunts I've had, but its a rare situation for it to work. You have to catch one in just the right mood.

As for the decoys, there is absolute no logical way to argue that they don't work in the right situation. I never carry a strutter just to use in general, but I always keep it in my truck during season and if I am hunting a particular bird or particular group of birds that I think will come to it, I will absolutely use one and have had great results with it. If a bird seems to be a dominant bird and or when a turkey routinely struts in the same field, he will likely be offended if another bird is strutting a hundred yards away from his spot, and then a strutter is deadly.

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#3173975 - 02/23/13 03:16 PM Re: Strutter Decoys and Gobble Calls [Re: Southern Sportsman]
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I have used decoys in the past but have never killed a bird off one. I watched my buddy get in behind a strutter and crawl out into a field with a longbeard. Bird spun around and saw him,gobbled hard and ran straight at him. He killed the bird at bout 10ft. It was very cool to watch. That bird made 7 birds he has killed that way. I tried it the next day on a longbeard but he decided I wanted his 5 hens more than he did and broke to a run. I kept crawlin and ended up bout 20yds from the hens. After I kill 3 this year I'm gonna try to fill my last tag crawlin behind a strutter decoy.
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#3174004 - 02/23/13 03:50 PM Re: Strutter Decoys and Gobble Calls [Re: Benelli 4 Life]
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In my experience its hit or miss. I will say if you have a bird that just will not react to a call or regular decoy,a strutting decoys isn't a bad thing to have.
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#3176249 - 02/25/13 08:49 PM Re: Strutter Decoys and Gobble Calls [Re: J-WO]
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I hardly ever use a decoy but I have had them charge in to a gobble.
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#3176471 - 02/26/13 07:09 AM Re: Strutter Decoys and Gobble Calls [Re: timberjack86]
bowhunterfanatic
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I've never had any luck with a strutter but have had great success in fields with an el cheapo hen and jake decoy.
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#3176746 - 02/26/13 11:34 AM Re: Strutter Decoys and Gobble Calls [Re: bowhunterfanatic]
Layne
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I just don't like to carry them, I've killed birds over them but many times I would just end up leaving them and then having to make a long trip back to retrieve them.

I've gotten some response from gobbling on a mouth call but I don't do it a lot.

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