Turkey decoy reviews
We are going to focus on high end turkey decoys in our turkey decoy reviews. We are going to cover 5 of the most expensive, and most effective turkey decoys we could find. Each will be graded on cost, paint scheme, paint adhesion, portability, set up time afield, and durability. Each category was graded 1 to 10 and then we gave an average score for a final grade.
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We choose decoys from Pretty Boy, Hazel Creek, Dave Smith, Zink and Dakota Decoys. Decoys covered were the Carry Lite Pretty Boy, the Hazel Creek jake, The DSD jake, The Zink Jake, and the Dakota X-treme jake. Cost was not a consideration in the review. Turkey decoy reviews was conducted by Men in Black Production.
Turkey decoy reviews done by 11 experienced turkey hunters
The turkey decoy reviews was done by 11 turkey hunters with over 1,000 combined kills between them. These guys know turkeys.
Turkey decoy reviews strengths and weaknesses of each decoy
($90) The Pretty Boy is a full strut tom turkey decoy, and it was the least realistic turkey decoy tested. The main body is very durable and will take a beating, but the plastic fan or a real replacement are both a hassle, and the same is true of any full strut decoy. A full strut decoy will sometimes draw in dominant toms, but he will also scare off lesser birds. Average score 5.6.
($95) The Zink Avian X Jake is the most portable decoy of the bunch for run and gun hunting, but the body posture is not very effective for drawing in mature toms. Any time a turkey stands upright for a long period of time, it arouses the suspicion of other turkeys. They look like they are scanning for danger. On a sidebar his hens are a great addition to any decoy set up. Average score 6.5.
($95) The Dakota X-treme Jake was our groups top pick. Portability was the only score lower than a 9 as it was hard to fit in a vest, but the bungee strap makes it easy to hook onto a pack or carry. Realism, paint scheme, paint adhesion and posture all received solid 10’s and while durability and set up time afield garnished 9’s. Average score was a 9.2 and the highest tested. This decoy is flat out a top pick.
($425) The Hazel Creek Jake is a taxidermy mounted bird that is tops in realism. A solid 10 on paint scheme as well. If you can take care of it, it will fool every turkey until they start kicking and pecking it, and ruin it. If your budget is unlimited, buy one every year and you will love it, but durability and portability are the definite drawbacks. Most realistic decoy of the bunch. Average score was 6.7.
($160) The DSD Jake made by Dave Smith decoys is an excellent turkey decoy. The paint scheme is not as complete as the Dakota X-tereme Jake, but it will fool any turkey. It also ranked slightly lower than the Dakota X-treme Jake in body posture as it is missing the arrogant head tilt, but it may pull in more young jakes because of that. Great decoy with an average score of 8.7.
That is going to wrap up ‘Men n Black Productions’ high end turkey decoy reviews for this year. We will most likely do a some hen turkey decoy reviews next year.