Best Turkey Decoy did well in Nebraska opening weekend
Even with the incredibly warm spring we have experienced in 2012, the birds were not very far ahead of schedule. It appears the amount of daylight plays a huge factor in the turkey
‘rut’. Opening day of Nebraskas archery season, all 3 of our groups used one Best turkey decoy, and one hen turkey decoy. The results were the same for each group. The hens were leading the parade and did not like the turkey decoy set up. Groups of 8 to 12 hens with 2 or 3 gobblers trailing them would work to about 25 yards and then get goofy on us, and if the hens won’t finish, the gobblers usually will not make it into range.
Pull the hen turkey decoy
When you are not killing birds. you need to go home or change tactics. We all pulled our hen turkey decoys and immediately started killing birds. The hens would work into our jake turkey decoy, and the boys would follow for the arrow to chase them down. It was a great example of no matter how long you have done this, or how many birds you have killed, you need to be ready to admit you don’t have it all figured out, and be willing to try something different.
Why just a jake turkey decoy?
We can only guess at the answer, and that guess is since the birds were still very ‘wintered up’, and had been following the same pattern for weeks or months, the hens of the area knew every hen that lived there and would not mingle with any new ladies. Like I said it is just a best guess, but it makes some sense. As the birds start to spread out, we will be using more of the jake and hen turkey decoy combinations throughout the country.
Body language sidebar
We had a big tom come through mid day and check out our turkey decoy set. Watch the body language clip of this bird and how we knew he was leaving. Obvious body language like this prompted the change in our turkey decoy spread.
The decoys are scheduled to be in South Dakota next week, and we have a lot of chapters with orders NWTF waiting. The turkey decoys have been a fundraising success at the banquets to date, as well as in the field. Good luck this spring with your turkey decoy.