Alert turkey decoy
An alert pose on my turkey decoy is far from the number 1 choice. An alert pose is what you get when the birds are scared. Bump into a flock of birds in the woods and what do they do. Every single one of them stands straight up with its neck stretched out to figure out what the problem is. Similar to when a whitetail stomps and blows, the alert posture of a turkey decoy hints that danger is close by and puts everyone on edge.
One alert turkey decoy is okay in a group
If you run a group of 3 or more turkey decoys, the alert pose in one member is natural. Turkeys take turn being on the lookout while they feed, but similar to a flock of geese, if everyone has their head up looking for something, danger is the natural assumption of any turkeys that approach your set. Keep your group of turkey decoys looking relaxed and natural by only using one alert turkey decoy in the bunch.
Alert turkey decoy is motionless
If you run one turkey decoy in your decoy set up, the alert pose often works. As the tom approaches, the bird he has been listening to is watching him approach. It is natural. I like to pick postures in my spread that require no movement to look natural. Strutting toms, half strut jakes, and resting hens are great examples. When you pick a pose the birds often hold for a long time without moving, they look more natural. A hen staring at the ground in a feeding position is not lifelike. Turkeys move a lot when they are feeding, and your feeding position hens can cause problems on a slow approaching bird, or one who studies you from a distance.
Consider the body language of your turkey decoys
Use your experience and woodsman ship to create a natural looking decoy spread. Observe wild turkeys doing what they do every day, and replicate the feel when you place your decoys. Spacing and posture are critical, and try not to put too many alert turkey decoys in your spread.