Jake turkey decoy
If I had to pick one turkey decoy for my spread, it would be a jake turkey decoy. A jake turkey decoy is used to instill a fight response from the toms I am chasing, and it works all year round. Spring time he makes them mad because a jake turkey decoy is on their turf. It’s not completely about the ladies, as a jake turkey decoy is not welcome in a big toms turf any time of the year. This is why a jake turkey decoy works well by himself all year long. Anytime you stick a jake turkey decoy in a big gobblers core area, there is a good chance he will provoke a fight and a close shot. Run that jake turkey decoy with confidence.
Jake turkey decoy in the spring
A jake turkey decoy works well in the spring, either alone, or with a hen or two. What do you think goes on in that gobblers head as he approaches the sounds of a spring hen and sees is your jake decoy. Rage would be my guess. Some punk is in his area, and whether the jake turkey decoy is alone or with hens it does not matter. The tom wants him gone, and if he gets mad enough he will confront your jake turkey decoy.
Many experts advocate a lone hen for spring hunts, but nature dictates it may not be the best set. When a gobbler struts and gobbles, he does so to attract hens to mate with. The hens go to the tom when they are ready to breed. Mature toms learn that chasing hens all day wears them out, and often times will not come all the way into range with just a hen decoy. The jake turkey decoy may upset these mature toms enough to bring them in for a fight.
Jake turkey decoy in the fall
Good luck getting a tom to decoy to anything but a jake turkey decoy in the fall, and not just any jake decoy. Your jake turkey decoy must sport an arrogant pose the brings the toms to fight. Turkeys have a year round pecking order, and any newcomers to the fall flock need to find their place in the order. The best turkey decoy sports a tilted back head bluff that brings fall bachelor groups on the run. A jake turkey decoy is not the only way to go, but it’s a great start, and one bird I always have in my turkey decoy spreads.
The solo jake turkey decoy set up
Dakota extreme jake turkey decoy
A lone Dakota xtreme jake turkey decoy can be a deadly setup. One can only guess at the real reasons, so here we go.
What’s a tom think when he sees a lone jake turkey decoy
If you are a mature tom coming to the sounds of a spring hen, and only find a jake turkey decoy where she was at, what would your reaction be? Granted we are not turkeys, but aggression is a very common response. The body language Constantine carved into our Best Turkey Decoy is an arrogant pose that the toms can read from a long ways off. He was built this way to make those mature toms angry. The semi strut feather position and slightly back tilted head does not sit well with a tom.
Spring and fall, a jake turkey decoy triggers aggression
A mature tom will often strike out at the arrogant jake no matter what time of year it is. Put a realistic jake decoy near a roost site or in your favorite food plots for deer any time of year and the other male birds are quick to put him at the bottom of the pecking order. You can take advantage of this reaction spring or fall to score on mature toms. Put your jake turkey decoy any place that a mature tom thinks he is king, and you may well bring on a fight. It’s been happening over and over again last fall and this spring on a fairly regular basis. Whatever jake turkey decoy you decide to run, always keep in mind why we use a jake turkey decoy, to become a part of that big toms day.