Turkey decoy body language
Cruising around the ATA show I am constantly amazed at the sub par turkey decoy body language brought to market. Here is a short list of things to remember before you plan a turkey decoy purchase this spring.
Turkey decoy body language from a distance
Spooked, nervous, skittish turkeys all stand around with their heads in the air trying to figure out if they should duck, run or fly away, and if your turkey decoy mix all sport the same pose, it’s not a place a tom wants to be. If you saw a bunch a guys bent over the hood of a police car, would you saunter over to see if there were any ladies looking for love? Probably not.
A natural body language mix in your turkey decoy spread
If you only run one turkey decoy, don’t have it on the alert. A solo turkey decoy should be relaxed and content to put approaching toms at ease. If you run 2 or 3 decoys, only one should be standing tall scanning the area. Take a lesson from goose hunters who know the game, and create a natural mix of alerts and feeding or loafing turkey decoys to put approaching birds at ease.
Best turkey decoy body language
Our 2012 best turkey decoy sports an arrogant head tilt that tells other toms ‘I am a little nervous’, challenging them to close in and stomp the cocky youngster. We got our first painted production units from overseas in today, and the look awesome (pictured). Monday is inspection day, and a mid March delivery is the expectation. For a solo decoy, it sends no danger signal, and invites them to move him down the pecking order a notch or two. It is the most exciting way to punch your tag. A tom or group ready to fight is the apex of decoying turkey, and a day you will not soon forget. Throw in a hen or 2 if you like, but make sure only one of the 3 turkey decoys shows an upright alert stance. Any more than that will cause problems and shy tom s away from your turkey decoy spread.