If you have dust collecting on your full strut turkey decoy,
it is time to get them out and use them in December. Last year, I had the nerve to try a full strut turkey decoy on a late fall turkey hunt in December. The key to using this tactic is having a bachelor group of gobblers located ahead of time. Since the beginning of bow season, think about how many times you have seen turkeys fighting to establish the pecking order in their fall flocks. These flocks have now grown into larger winter flocks. If a full strut turkey decoy does so well on one or two gobblers in the spring, how would it do on a group of 6, 8, 10+ in a late season flock? DEADLY! Like spring hunting, you will find fall gobblers do not like the idea of a full strut turkey decoy around 3-5 hen turkey decoys. Call it crazy until you try it. Those breast fry just as good in late winter, as they do on a spring day at turkey camp.
Before you try your luck at a late season gobbler hunt, scout a few fields where birds may be feeding on a regular basis. It is very common for late season turkeys to feed in the same places both early in the morning and later in the afternoon. You may or may not want to try this turkey hunting tactic, but it is a tactic I experimented with and will use for many years to come. Unfortunately, this year I will be joining a great friend in Illinois at deer camp to hopefully watch him drop the hammer on a big Illinois buck.