Turkey decoys: to stuff or not to stuff. Good stuff
Turkey decoys are often left at home because they are a pain in the butt to carry around. Stuffers are the worst, as a quality creation from Hazel Creek taxidermy will be trashed in one season if you don’t have a special place for it in the pickup truck, and heaven forbid it rains on that turkey decoys feathers. A real turkey can fix wet feathers, and a guy like Cally Morris can as well, but the rest of us may as well throw it away. Not to mention what a chore it is to cart around a full mount bird if you plan to walk more than half a block. The pro’s and con’s are measured, and the decision is made to leave the decoy in the truck. In run and gun scenarios I completely understand, but what about those times you should have your turkey decoys along and you leave it in the truck when you shouldn’t?
Pros of mounted turkey decoys
The pro of mounted turkey decoys is one fold. At $595 it’s not cost. It’s not portable, and it’s not weather or windproof. The only pro of a stuffer, and it’s a big one, is realism. I hunted exclusively over mounted birds for years, as they were the only turkey decoys that would consistently fool mature gobblers. I became so convinced of their effectiveness, I actually would use no other decoy, and would hunt without a turkey decoy if I did not a have a mounted hen or jake turkey decoy.
Today, commercial turkey decoys come in many shapes, sizes and constructions. Our best turkey decoy (the Dakota extreme jake turkey decoy) has a combination of features you can not ignore. The construction of this jake turkey decoy lends itself to making the trip.
What tastes better than stuffed turkey decoys?
Carved by a legend in NWTF circles, this Constantine carved turkey decoy perfectly replicates the body language of an arrogant jake. The bluff head tilt brings mature toms on an angry mission and trips more big tom triggers than any turkey decoy I have hunted over. New plastic composites allow the detail of the carving to be replicated. The softer plastics used in this decoy allow it to pull free from sharp curves and deep recesses, giving the carver creative lease on the product. Dave was freed of the creative chains most decoys carvers are shackled with when he carved this turkey decoy, and he went all out to carve the best turkey decoy available.
Paint can make or break a line of turkey decoys
The paint process on our new turkey decoy is not only the most realistic on the market, it is also the most durable. Dave Constantine did an incredible job on the original paint scheme, and Dakota Decoys matched his original paint job almost flawlessly. I don’t know the steps Dakota Decoys uses to get the paint on these jake turkey decoys, but it will not chip, crack or peel. We have tried. I have kicked it around in my unfinished basement, squished the turkey decoy flat in sub zero temps, and picked and picked and picked at the paint until my fingers hurt, and the paint aint leaving. The paint actually becomes part of the plastic in this DakotaExtreme jake turkey decoy, and unless you hit it with a grinder to take that plastic away, the color always stays.
The bottom line is we have stolen the realism card that until now, you could only get from expensive full body mounted turkey decoys. Throw it in the back of truck, stuff it in your blind bag, and let the toms whoop the snot out of it this spring. You can not hurt this decoy, and you will not find more realistic jake turkey decoys on the market at any price.