The dew snood
The dew snood is that little piece of flesh right behind the beak atop a turkeys head. That little dew snood can instantly tell you alot about what that tom or jake is thinking. That little piece of flesh can change from hanging low and loose, to standing straight up in the air in under a second, and understanding why will help you kill more birds.
A loose and relaxed dew snood
A loose and relaxed dew snood tells you your turkey is relaxed, comfortable and confident. Rarely will you ever see a turkey in strut without that snood hanging lazily over the side of his beak. When the birds around him see that dew snood hanging low, they take it as a sign everything is okay.
An erect dew snood
An erect dew snood does not always mean danger, but it is never a relaxed and confident signal. A turkeys dew snood may be erect when weather is bad, such as in the rain or very cold weather. The position of the dew snood we are most concerned with, is the position a tom our group of male birds display as they approach our set, or are in our set. If a group of toms or jakes approach and all their dew snoods are loose, you can relax as well because they will end up right in the decoys. They are feeling good and its time to sit back and watch those turkeys be turkeys for a while before you end it all with a shotgun blast or arrow zinging at them. If the snoods start popping up in the air, you best be ready to take the shot. It is one of the earliest signals that they sense something is not right, and they may be leaving.
Your turkey decoys dew snood
Your turkey decoys dew snood tells approaching toms and jakes alot. Run a decoy with a low hanging snood, and you may only bring in turkeys ready to fight. If your turkey decoy has that low snood common on the dominant bird in an area, he may scare off lesser jakes and sattelite toms. If your jake turkey decoy sports and erect dew snood, he is showing a sign of vulnerability. He is saying he is not completely comfortable with the situation, and you are hoping the approaching toms read that as a cue to attack. It’s one of the key features of Dakota’s new best turkey decoy, and consistent with every feature we added to this turkey. It’s made to bring birds in close and hold them for the shot.