It seems as if turkey decoys get more realistic every year. There are decoys on the market that are so lifelike that one manufacturer says a hunter should always carry the decoy in a blaze orange bag so as not to get shot on the way to his setup.
There is one decoy from Primos, the Dirty B, that mimics a wounded bird. The decoy lies on the ground and presents itself as a wounded bird, though it can be moved.
The description, from Primos’ website:
“Realistic injured turkey decoy
“Flopping action resembles wounded gobbler
“Preys on turkeys’ instincts to establish dominance over injured birds
“Handle pull initiates flopping, flailing action
“Attracts turkeys to a fellow gobbler in distress”
The description also says this decoy was created to prey on turkeys’ natural inclination to wound an already-injured bird, It entices other turkeys to come near for a closer look.
A modified version of the popular Killer B, the Dirty B simulates the flailing, flopping action of a wounded gobbler to attract other turkeys, with a pull handle that initiates action.
“An innovative addition to your decoy spread, the Dirty B lets you play dirty to move big gobblers close enough for a good shot,” the description reads.
Now, I have experienced the behavior of turkeys when one of their number is wounded or killed. The other birds will just pounce on the bird that is disabled. I guess the desire for dominance is so strong in male turkeys that they will grasp any opportunity to take over the lead position.
The leading gobbler decoy I have seen is the Killer B, which has a movable tail that can be set in different positions. This thing never stays still and mimics the movements of a real gobbler. The description from the manufacturer’s website:
“The Primos Killer B Turkey Decoy