Time for a new turkey decoy
Time for a new $89 turkey decoy. Thats what we said in the summer of 2011. Its about time somebody made a new turkey decoy. I had spent a few seasons hunting over stuffers and the results were second to none, but transporting these expensive mounts and keeping them in good shape was a complete pain. You had to be so careful with these decoys because if they got wet, or the feathers got messed up they just never looked the same. Hazel Creek made these turkey decoys better than anyone, but the $400 bucks per year was killing me.
A better turkey decoy
It takes an artist to successfully replicate nature, and a chinese man who does not hunt or know wild turkeys just can not seem to get it right. Enter Dave Smith decoys from Oregon. A small operation that kicks out high quality waterfowl decoys that are top end. Daves waterfowl crew was enamored with turkey hunting, and recognized the need for a top end jake turkey decoy. When the Dave Smith jake hit the streets, we were some of the first to jump on the bandwagon. A remarkable fake that worked almost as well as the Hazel Creek stuffers, but took the abuse of a turkey season in stride and kept on going. It was our go to tool for spring and fall, but was missing one piece of body language, and was way overpriced ($169 plus $16 freight? crazy). Daves decoy is missing the slight head tilt that drives mature toms wild. When a jake or subordinate tom tilts their nose in the air, they are trying to look bigger to intimidate other male birds. Put this pose on a jake turkey decoy and you have a fake the toms can’t help but beat the crap out of.
Field experience needed to create the best turkey decoy
Daves crew did not have the collective field experience to recognize the slight head tilt and it’s value. They exactly replicated a very natural pose, but missed a key trigger that makes more big toms close. I am talking about those 3, 4 and 5 year old toms that sometimes close on a strutter, but rarely mess with younger birds anymore. A cocky jake won’t scare 2 year olds, and it will bring in mature birds. Its a go to turkey decoy. Our team of turkey hunters have thousands of kills between them, and when you only hunt archery close, you recognize the little things that make a difference.
Manufacturing expertise needed to make the best turkey decoy
The hunting world is filled with clowns who have dreams of making it big. I will be the first to admit I know jack shit about carving, painting, or decoy making. To pull this off we needed experts in their fields. We found the best.
Mention the name Dave Constantine to anyone big in the NWTF and they know who you’re talking about. Only a master carver with a passion for turkey hunting could capture the body language we were looking for in a turkey decoy. Head slightly tilted up, back feathers ready to rise, and belly feathers ready to drop, Dave is familiar with the subtle signals of arrogance that consistently fill a mature tom with rage and the urge to stomp. Watching the turkey decoy come to life was painfully slow, but we knew when the turkey decoy was done and painted, it would be the most realistic turkey decoy ever designed.
A realistic carving was only the start. To bring that turkey decoy to production we needed someone with manufacturing experience and expertise. It did not take long to sort through the catalogs and web forums to identify Bill Wilroth from Dakota Decoys as the man when it comes to realistic waterfowl decoys. It was apparent he didn’t know shit about turkey hunting, but his eye for detail is second only to mother nature herself, and his years in the industry date back to his tenure with Bigfoot Decoys. He is one of the few pulling the whole decoy industry forward, with polymer advances and paint schemes that make his decoy line an affordable work of art. Quite frankly, it’s hard to believe his top end waterfowl decoys carry a middle of the road price tag. Quality and value are a rare combination, and we are lucky to have been able to partner with a manufacturer who delivers both.
A quality turkey decoy is the number 1 option for bringing both pressured and virgin toms close, and our best turkey decoy has no rival when afield. Come see us when you decide it is time for a new turkey decoy.