Strutting turkey decoys
Strutting turkey decoys seem all the rage lately. A big gobbler is a territorial beast, and often he will attack a strutting turkey decoy without hesitation. I will agree nothing is more exciting than initiating an all out fight with a full grown gobbler, but the problem is how many guys back down from that fight compared with the takers you get. If we are looking to start a fight, you get more guys ready to belly up to the wimpy jake than the sharp spurred tom.
Strutting turkey decoys scare many gobblers
A strutting turkey decoy can be the ticket on a five year old bird who will not come to a call. If he is the baddest mama jamma in the woods, he will fight anybody. That anybody includes an arrogant jake. A semi strut jake will work just as well without spooking birds, but strutting turkey decoys will work, no question.
When I am in the woods punching tags, I am there mainly for the big show. The biggest reason I will not run a strutting turkey decoy is the pieces of the show that never happen. When you scare a gobbler off with a strutter, there is nothing to watch. Give me that semi strut jake so more toms close for the kill, and that’s entertainment to me.
Strutting turkey decoys are a pain in the ass
Strutting turkey decoys are a blast to hunt over when the toms commit. You talk about an angry turkey – a strutting turkey decoy brings out the worst in them. They do have their drawbacks though, and I think television has hyped them into something they really are not. Strutters are heavey, bulky and awkward. They suck to carry around, and can queer the deal when you only need to round one more corner before calling it quits. If you want to bring the fight to a tom this spring, grab an arrogant jake to get the job done. He will bring more toms close by not scaring potential victims away. Bringing a knife to a knife fight may be the way to go this spring.