Using your Best turkey decoy
I have been trying to draw toms archery close for over 20 years, loving every minute of it. I killed one with a shotgun, a few shooting barebow compound, but the bulk of my tags have been filled with several sweet shooting recurves or hybrid longbows. My point is I have always needed the birds as close as possible to succeed, and have learned a lot about decoys along the way.
I have only used 3 types of decoys that consistently bring mature toms all the way into the set. Taxidermy birds work extremely well, but are far too difficult to maintain. Hazel Creek is responsible for the realisitic turkey decoy evolution we are enjoying today. When turkey hunters started using Calley’s mounts, the results were unbelievable. Instantly we could see that the realism was fooling more big toms, and we struggled through the season doing our best to keep our $500 investment in good shape. The decoys were worth the money back then because we killed more turkeys, and punching tags meant selling product (blinds for me).
Eventually Dave Smith came out with a line of decoys with a level of realism that rivaled the expensive mounted birds. The earliest versions we prone to breakage and experienced some paint issues, but they were still awesome. Polymer advances solved both problems, and for three hundred dollars you could own a jake and hen combo that would last a lifetime.
Dave’s production techniques were, and still are very expensive, and he left the door open for a more reasonably priced replication. Enter Dakota Decoys (the manufacturer of our Best turkey decoy). A prototype was carved painted and tested, and a new sheriff was in town. Our best turkey decoy has all the durability, longevity, and realism of a Smith for half the price, putting the experience within reach of many more turkey hunters. The polymers are from the same family, and the paint process is a form of plastic pigmentation that will not chip or peel. The will take a beating and keep looking brand new.
Typical advice from seasoned hunters when using a jake turkey decoy is to point the jake toward the blind so the tom circles the fake and ends up between you and the decoy. The main reason for this is that with a bargain decoy, the toms are going to figure out he is a fake. Those toms will key on your jakes head, and if he does not look real to you, it won’t fool most mature toms. Point your Best turkey decoy at the toms. The spot on body posture will draw them from a distance, and the slight head tilt that Dave Constantine carved into the decoy is a bluff that will make big toms attack. If you point the decoy at you or the blind you are making a mistake. Point him at the 4 year old toms and they will commit, but if they are staring at this butt when they walk by at 70 yards they will not come.
Good luck with your new decoy this spring and send us some pictures. These high end decoys are truly the biggest advance in turkey hunting success since the portable ground blind.
BTD Co founder
Double Bull Blinds Co founder