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Offline shooter

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Re: decoys seem to work, any advise
« Reply #15 on: October 01, 2008, 05:58:16 PM »
Hollow foam decoys work good for me. If I am hunting from a blind, I set up 2 hens with a jake just behind one of the hens. Works all the time. If I am going to be running and gunning, I take 1 hen. I find that a decoy is apt to capture the Tom's attention and take his focus away from you. I have shot Turkeys without decoys but they were keyed right in on me and made it much tougher for me to get the shot.   @--0--0133
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Re: decoys seem to work, any advise
« Reply #16 on: October 01, 2008, 11:49:46 PM »
I have tried a little of everything. I have both the Pretty Boy and Bmobile. I dont prefer one over the other. Both have worked well.
If I am hunting an area with a boss tom and some subdominate toms, I like to use one of the above. The big boy will almost always come in to run my decoy off.
If you don't really know what kind of birds you may encounter, which is often the case, I use a jake and two hens. I like to put one hen with the jake and one hen decoy to my opposite side about 30 or so yards away. I have used this set up with success many times. I hunt field birds a lot. The three birds set up keeps the toms a little confused in my opinion. He doesnt know whether the fight the jake or try to breed the single hen. I have had mature birds run off when they have seen the jake decoy. The extra hen gives them an option of fighting or falling in love.

As stated earlier, the full strut decoys are a pain to pack. I use them on a limited basis and when I have watched the birds for weeks before season opens. I try to study their interactions with each other. I always hope to see one whipping the rest of the flock. If so, full strut decoy. If they all seem to jive, a jake and two hens.

Other than the full strut decoys, I use foam decoys.  @--0--0101

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Re: decoys seem to work, any advise
« Reply #17 on: December 28, 2008, 03:13:08 PM »
I used the pretty boy and pretty girl set up and just like western ky hunter the birds seemed scared and would not come in. I used a real full fan with the pretty boy but have heard from others to use a jake fan this seems to bring the big gobblers in closer, also heard that putting some baby oil on the decoys to make them shine a little works also, but i am not sure i have not tried that method.
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Re: decoys seem to work, any advise
« Reply #18 on: December 28, 2008, 03:28:08 PM »
You can use skins on the hen they work . yes a jake fan is different from a tom's ( the center feathers ) .  @--0--0109
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Re: decoys seem to work, any advise
« Reply #19 on: December 28, 2008, 03:37:06 PM »

i hear they can work!! let us know what you do and what happins!!!
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Re: decoys seem to work, any advise
« Reply #20 on: December 28, 2008, 04:06:58 PM »
I use a single hen decoy, sometimes two.  I quit using jake decoys as I had more hang ups with them it seemed.  My theory is that there are so many stinking turkeys around here that the toms have no interest in competition for the hens....there are plenty enough to go around...and the presence of a jake results in them heading to the next hen.

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Re: decoys seem to work, any advise
« Reply #21 on: December 29, 2008, 05:05:53 PM »
use two freshly painted hens and half strut jake which makes the big tom's come in cautiously when alone or running in when there's a dominant tom with two satellite toms etc.

late in the season use a single hen or none at all and get in the thick stuff to lessen a big tom's ease of approach, call little and wait 30" before calling a short sequence again.
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Re: decoys seem to work, any advise
« Reply #22 on: December 29, 2008, 07:10:59 PM »
I try to put the turkeys to bed the day before so I can get in the woods and set up before day light the next morning . Make sure you know how to get back to the same spot in the dark! TRY YOUR BEST NOT TO USE A LIGHT BECAUSE THEY WILL SEE YOU  and fly down and go the other way or they will wait until they locate a hen and fly down on or with her. You may not get a chance to pull him off her once he has her.

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Re: decoys seem to work, any advise
« Reply #23 on: January 04, 2009, 08:21:16 PM »
Try the preaty boy and preaty girl decoys i have a pair and the toms try to tear them up. They dont pay any atentition to anything else. We had a big tom right at fisrt light run about 6inches from me and went straight to the decoy. The biggest and last mistake he ever made.

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Re: decoys seem to work, any advise
« Reply #24 on: January 05, 2009, 05:29:32 PM »
they ork different in different places it depends on the birds dominence i think!!!

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Re: decoys seem to work, any advise
« Reply #25 on: January 05, 2009, 10:30:03 PM »
We use the pretty boy we have two. We set them up on the edge of the field, we was in a double bull blind, hit the Gobble call and the turkey came a running across the field to fight. It was a sight. t-hunter hammered him. That was last year. This year t-hunter was working a turkey and could not get it to cross the field. We set up the Pretty Boy, later the Tom came back, t-hunter started working him, when the Tom saw the decoy it came in fast. T-hunter shot his biggest turkey, was a little over 24 pounds, the pic was up at Uncle Lee's. We use a real turkey fan, don't know if that makes a difference or not. We have used it in the fall archery, hens and jakes came to the pretty boy but the Toms kept their distance. Hammer almost got him one, with his bow.
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Re: decoys seem to work, any advise
« Reply #26 on: January 10, 2009, 06:15:28 PM »
Along the same lines as the pretty boy/girl decoys, I use the primos "B" mobile and she mobile. There is the option to use real turkey fan feathers and I would say this is a must, also I replaced the artificial beard with a real one and trimmed it to look like a strutting jake. I have had terrific success with more than one mature gobbler run to confront the jake, the she mobile is in the breeding position so that is a plus too.
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