Jake turkey decoy is a staple
Jake turkey decoy is my favorite turkey decoy. I continually get asked the question why a jake turkey decoy and not a hen turkey decoy? If I want to kill mature toms, a jake turkey decoy, a gobble call and 2 hen decoys have proven to be my go to turkey decoy tactic. I am blessed to have large flocks of birds on my ranch and leases, and living with these birds gives me constant observation of their behavior.
Jake turkey decoy is great for a reason
Turkeys are no different than any other wild animal in their desire to procreate. How many times have you seen multiple jakes doing their dance
wrapping heads together and putting and purring for no apparent gain. This dance and their behavior does nothing to endear themselves to any breeding hens. We see the same behavior with our 2 year old deer during the rut. They run and chase the girls, but very seldom do they ever succeed in their desire to breed a doe. They just never give up. I raise bison and the same analogy is true with them. If I put a giant bull in a pasture with multiple young bulls they will run him off or worse, kill him.
Now if you reverse the situation and we have a mature animal with only one younger, the larger, older animal try to dominate the younger, smaller animal. A single jake will always get beat up by a mature tom. Am I an animal psychologist? Hell no, but I understand that I can’t stick a $10,000 buffalo bull in a pasture with a bunch of 2 year olds or he will be dead. I’ve also watched enough big toms get wore down by a group of jakes to know that they will do their damndest to beat the shit out of one if they can get him alone. This seems especially true as the season progresses and we start to remove the big toms and the jakes start to really outnumber them. A perfect example of using an immature decoy is our deer decoy options. Show me a 170 inch 300 lb. deer decoy and I will rest my case. Are deer and turkey or even bison the same? Yeah, they are all wild animals and we need to use a little logic and a little understanding when we hunt them. Their reason for being here is to breed. Turkeys can be the most difficult to hunt but with some common sense and diligence you can figure out what kind of birds you are hunting.
Hens and a dakota jake turkey decoy
Don’t forget the hens either. The oldest, most dominant hens are like the oldest females of any species and they will prefer the oldest toms to breed with. Cougars exist but are rare. They will also be the loudest bird when it comes to dealing with an intruder or an unwelcome suitor like a jake turkey decoy. When this old hen comes to persuade your dakota jake turkey decoy to leave she will bring her trophy boyfriend with her so be ready.
It may be prudent to use multiple hen turkey decoys with your jake turkey decoy, but keep in mind the makeup of the flock. If you have a lot of jakes, a single jake turkey decoy probably won’t work, but if you can catch that gobbler by himself he may want to kick some ass.