Turkey Decoy Body Language
If you had to list the tools of communication a human male uses compared to a turkey, it would be close to 95% spoken or written, and 5% body language. A spring tom or jake turkey is the opposite. 95% of what they say is through body language. Your turkey decoy should do the same. Every feather helps tell the story of the turkey mood, and there’s a reason turkey have no feathers on their head. Those skin colors indicate dominance, fear, aggression and subordination. Even that little dew snood on top of the turkey beaks offers clues to their demeanor.
Male turkeys are an open book, and they are an easy to read once you know what you are looking at. Lets run down the parts of their bodies a male turkey uses to tell every other bird what’s going through that pea sized brain of his, and how it relates to a quality turkey decoy.
A relaxed or dangling snood is a sign of confidence. There is not a drop of fear in turkey’s birds body. He is digging the scene and going nowhere fast. Sit tight and watch the show unfold. Let the turkey dance.
Take a look at the best turkey decoy on the market currently and you will notice they all sport an upright snood. A Dave Smith turkey decoy, or Hazel Creek turkey decoy, and most mounted turkey decoys you find online sport the erect snood, because anyone who is passionate about the birds knowingly or subconciously positions them this way.
Your turkey decoy should always have an upright snood. If your turkey decoy has the big hanging snood, you will pull fewer birds in close. Many turkeys simply will not approach your turkey decoy, or will hang up when they get close enough to read the decoys body language. Not all tom’s are fighters. Make sure your turkey decoy shows some signs of fear when the real birds get close.