Turkey decoy body language
Cruising around the ATA show I am constantly amazed at the sub par turkey decoy body language brought to market. Here is a short list of things to remember before you plan a turkey decoy purchase this spring.
Spooked, nervous, skittish turkeys all stand around with their heads in the air trying to figure out if they should duck, run or fly away, and if your turkey decoy mix all sport the same pose, it’s not a place a tom wants to be. If you saw a bunch a guys bent over the hood of a police car, would you saunter over to see if there were any ladies looking for love? Probably not.
A natural body language mix in your turkey decoy spread
If you only run one turkey decoy, don’t have it on the alert. A solo turkey decoy should be relaxed and content to put approaching toms at ease. If you run 2 or 3 decoys, only one should be standing tall scanning the area. Take a lesson from goose hunters who know the game, and create a natural mix of alerts and feeding or loafing turkey decoys to put approaching birds at ease.
Best turkey decoy body language
Our 2012 best turkey decoy sports an arrogant head tilt that tells other toms ‘I am a little nervous’, challenging them to close in and stomp the cocky youngster. We got our first painted production units from overseas in today, and the look awesome (pictured). Monday is inspection day, and a mid March delivery is the expectation. For a solo decoy, it sends no danger signal, and invites them to move him down the pecking order a notch or two. It is the most exciting way to punch your tag. A tom or group ready to fight is the apex of decoying turkey, and a day you will not soon forget. Throw in a hen or 2 if you like, but make sure only one of the 3 turkey decoys shows an upright alert stance. Any more than that will cause problems and shy tom s away from your turkey decoy spread.
Dakota X-treme jake turkey decoy
Spring of 2012 proved the mettle of the Dakota X-treme jake turkey decoy. We can boast all we want on the merits and attributes, but sometimes the power of the people says more, and pictures speak volumes. Below are a few success pictures and testimonials from some of the lucky ones who got their hands on a Dakota X-treme jake turkey decoy.
Dakota X-treme jake turkey decoy success
‘This big old bird studied the Dakota X-treme jake turkey decoy hard, but in the end he could not help himself. When he got to the Dakota jake turkey decoy I couyld not believe the sounds and the aggression he showed. He kicked, pecked and slapped, and in the end I won!’
-Trial by Fire Radio show
‘The price scared me at first because I have killed plenty of birds with my less expensive turkey decoy, but I am glad I took the plunge. I have never had so many big toms close and attack like they do with the Dakota X-treme jake turkey decoy. It makes hunting turkeys much more exciting.’
‘I often wait til later in the season to get my turkey tag so I can pick mushrooms if it gets slow. Some years a lone hen works best because the birds are getting worn out, but this 26 pound tom had to attack my Dakota X-treme jake turkey decoy. Something about him makes mature birds very very angry’
Dakota X-treme jake turkey decoy quick video clip
We pulled together some quick video people sent in with the Dakota X-treme jake turkey decoy in action. From Maine to California and all points in between, the bird connected on Rios, Easterns and Merriams all season long. Next year should be another great season for the Dakota X-treme jake turkey decoy in the field.
How close should you put your turkey decoy?
Many people try to over think how close or how far away you place your turkey decoy. They worry ‘the tom won’t see my turkey decoy if he comes from over here,’ or ‘if I put it too close the tom will see me.’ Hopefully I can make you rethink how to answer the question so you don’t make a mistake I have seen over and over again.
How close you put the turkey decoy is weapons question
How close your put your turkey decoy is 100% dependent on your weapon limitations. When I set up to try and kill a tom spring or fall, the shooting is the easy part. You place your turkey decoy at a distance you are comfortable you can hit it 10 out of 10 times. If you are shooting a longbow, the decoy may be 15 feet from your blind (I set them that close most of the time). If the pattern on your new 12 gauge is most effective at 35 yards, you set the decoy at 35 yards. With a top quality turkey decoy, you have confidence the toms will confront him, so put the decoy where you are comfortable shooting, and you will make the shot.
How close you put the turkey decoy should dictate the spot you set up
Since how close you put the turkey decoy is a factor of the range you are comfortable shooting, it will dictate where you set up. If your shotgun performs best at 35 yards, don’t set up where the farthest shot will be 15 yards. Your group will be so tight you can easily miss the toms head and neck. He only has to bob his head slightly as you squeeze the trigger for a complete miss. A 35 yard optimum shot says you need to set up in a more open area to best use your chokes pattern. If you are shooting a self bow with a 5 yard comfort zone, you may pick tighter spots where the bird really needs to come looking for your turkey decoy. You don’t have to set up in thick cover, but it is a good option, as the toms may not close the whole way in wide open areas where they know that their strutting antics are easily seen. Our best turkey decoy helps solve this open field issue, but if you run low quality fakes, it is a concern.
Our best turkey decoy maximizes success by placing birds in your comfort zone
Many toms are missed each spring because of how close the toms come to the turkey decoy. If your turkey decoy is not top of the line, you can’t predict how close the tom will approach. If you put the turkey decoy at 35 and the bird hangs up at 50, you may miss the shot. By using top quality decoys, like our Dakota jake, the toms are much more likely to come all the way to the decoy. That means you decide how far the shot is, and having that control over shot distance means you know you can make the shot. Learn more on how to decoy turkeys at bestturkeydecoy.com.