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Author Topic: No Decoy Out!  (Read 651 times)

Offline Bearclaw

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No Decoy Out!
« on: May 05, 2014, 07:23:40 AM »
Snortwheeze just suggested something to Growalot so I'm going to throw something out to you. How many have ever 'not' put a decoy out and just called and what happened? I had an experienced turkey hunter tell me that once but I've never tried it. He said he doesn't put one out but he still calls them in and kills them. Under what conditions would you not want to put one out? We put them out to keep the tom focused on it and not us so how does it work?
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Offline Snortweeze

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Re: No Decoy Out!
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2014, 08:04:54 AM »
I have killed more turkey's without decoy's than with decoy's.
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Offline growalot

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Re: No Decoy Out!
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2014, 10:32:21 AM »
Here at home where they do not gobble ..I have killed more with out a decoy..but I call much lower and less..though every year I try them...

At camp always use at least 2 and call louder  and more frequently. The birds Gobble like mad down there..even during gun season for deer...they gobble every day..and the hens yelp a lot
Hens at home don't..they softly cluck and purr

Offline dave 1211

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Re: No Decoy Out!
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2014, 01:16:23 PM »
the one I shot Friday the decoys were in my vest I did not put them out
turkey season was a wet one now on to deer hunting in October

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Offline buckone1

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Re: No Decoy Out!
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2014, 03:21:16 PM »
I prefer putting them out. I have killed a few without a decoy, but i prefer one to hold there attention while i get my gun on them!! -0078
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Offline yari

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Re: No Decoy Out!
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2014, 05:38:38 PM »
in open areas i use decoys for the visual effect. in the woods i go without since visabilty is limited.
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Offline Gutshot

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Re: No Decoy Out!
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2014, 06:47:17 PM »
Without decoys the toms come in quicker looking for a lady friend, more times than not when they see the decoys they approach more cautiously and sometimes stay away from the decoys. I use them more in open fields or plots than in the woods
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Offline ligpd

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Re: No Decoy Out!
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2014, 07:23:58 PM »
My very first turkey, a tom, I killed I did not have any decoys out, but all the other turkeys my kids and I have killed have been with decoys. I have never hunted inside the woods and have done all my hunting out on a point of the woods in the fields on a high point to get the most visibility I can.

Offline MichiganLouie

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Re: No Decoy Out!
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2014, 11:08:26 AM »
Whenever I have used a decoy, the toms see the decoy and seem to hang up out of range.  I did shoot one bird once, while using a decoy, but when it saw the decoy, I had the impression he was about to leave, so I took the shot and got him at 40 yds.  Last year, I didn't use a decoy (cause I didn't think I had time to set one up) and the bird came in about 40 yds away, and I didn't give him the opportunity to think about leaving.  That was a 40 yd shot, too.  Both my birds were taken during the late season in May.  They have already been chasing hens for a whil
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Offline Madgomer

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Re: No Decoy Out!
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2014, 08:17:29 PM »
Like most of you, I have mixed results - it's not necessary to have decoys to kill a tom, but sometimes it does seem to bring them in.  I've seen videos of turkeys attacking decoys, and even trying to mate with them, but have never seen such a thing in real life.  They have great eyesight & great hearing, so it stands to reason that they'd be more cautious of the decoys as they get closer.  I would guess I use them about 25% of the time but wouldn't consider myself an expert on when & how (suppose if I did I'd use them all the time).
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