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not every hunter swears by decoys, they can be a great asset in many situations.
For one, they give a suspicious tom a turkey to see. And, if the decoy
is set in an open area such as a mature oak bottom or along a field edge,
those decoys can act as a visual call to birds who may spot them from a
distance, but has yet to hear you call—especially when you are calling
sporadically (or like many hunters are prone to do on a slow day, napping).
are an asset when taking children, first time hunters or people that may
have a disability, because it normally takes the attention off the caller,
making setups easier and more effective.
come in several different styles ranging from photo-image silhouette decoys
to fold-out and inflatable ones and even ones that move via pulling a string.
“Inflatable decoys are among the most recent to hit the market and are
great because they can be quickly inflated for setup and just as quickly
deflated to store compactly in a turkey vest,” said NWTF CEO and turkey
hunting expert Rob Keck. “All of the decoys on the market offer a good
dose of realism and have been used successfully to bring turkeys in close.”
key to remember when setting decoys out is that wild turkeys are not like
geese, and that just because they tend to gather in huge winter flocks,
you don’t need a massive spread of decoys to entice them in your direction.
In fact, the opposite is often true.
decoy spread for turkeys amounts to no more than more than a pair of hens
and a single jake like Sceery’s Turkey Flock 3-decoy set available through
NWTF’s Turkey Shoppe at www.nwtf.org. Place the jake facing you so when
the jealous gobbler rushes in to square off on his younger competition,
his back will be to you, offering a chance to make any last minute adjustments
in your aim. The breeding jake and hen decoy is another great setup that
has hit the market in recent years.
every aspect of hunting, safety is a key concern when using decoys. Here
are a few tips on decoy safety:
are calling over decoys and elect to move to a new location, check carefully
to ensure that no one is stalking your decoys. Check before leaving your
setup. Should you see someone in the area, (especially close to your line
of sight) call out to them in a loud, clear voice.
local regulations to make sure use of decoys is legal in the state you’ll
carry an uncovered decoy any distance.
seated position, identify the clearest line of vision to your front. Establish
a sight line that allows 100 yards of visibility. Then set your decoy(s)
approximately 20 yards from your position on the line.
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