Late season turkey decoys
It’s the third week in May in Minnesota and the breeding season is winding down, so what’s the best turkey decoy set up for late season turkey decoys. Conventional wisdom is to run a solo hen turkey decoy to lure in those toms that are still in breeding mode. People will tell you that if you stick out a male turkey decoy this time of year the toms will be scared off. That’s a load of crap.
Late season jake turkey decoys work well
The truth is turkeys are mean animals. Deep down inside they all seem to have a disdain for one another. They seem to be filled with hate, and there is nothing a mature tom hates more than an arrogant jake turkey decoy on his home turf. Learn where the toms are hanging at certain times of the day and get in their way. You may not be able to ‘move’ those toms off their chosen daily routines with hen talk, but stick our arrogant jake close to their daily patterns and you can consistently watch them close to beat him.
Not all late season turkey decoys work the same
Your jake turkey decoy must sport the correct body posture to be effective year round. Realism is key, but it must be combined with the correct body language. A DSD jake turkey decoy or Zink jake turkey decoy will not consistently pull mature toms in for fight. They do look real, but they don’t look arrogant to a mature tom. That slight head tilt is key, and only our Dakota jake turkey has it.
Don’t give up on late season turkey decoys
An arrogant jake turkey decoy will trigger groups of mature toms all year round. It’s an experience foreign to most, but you will be seeing more and more interaction between wild turkeys and our Dakota Xtreme – jake turkey decoy, and late season is another great time to use turkey decoys.