How many decoys should you use while hunting turkey?
In most cases, three or four turkey decoys should be sufficient. Two hens and a single tom while create enough distraction so that you remain more anonymous in the brush. If you use too many, live animals might become suspicious or fly elsewhere to find a smaller group, and you don’t want to use just one, either. Hunting ducks requires far more decoys than with wild turkeys, so try not to go overboard while shopping.
– Steve Thompson (on turkey decoys)
When I use decoys I use a Carry-Lite pretty boy and henny penny set up. This two turkey decoys set up is fairly effective on coaxing those wary long beards in close, but it doesn’t hurt to add another hen or another strutting tom or jake turkey decoys. I place my hen in a submissive position with the tom deek strutting close-by, always facing me so that I can get a clean shot on incoming toms ready to fight. GH
Another F&S poll on how many turkey decoys to put out
The thing i have the best luck with is to have the sitting hen laying there and put the jake right behind her like he is getting ready to mount here….have the feeding hen about 10 yards away from them…just keep in mind is placement…i have had alot of luck with sticking the turkey decoys behind me about 20 yards so if the gobbler gets laid up (which they usually do) you will be 20 yards closer, which should give you a max distance of 40 yards shot… good luck!
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How many turkey decoys should one use? One in my book. I ran one decoy all spring and had birds commit from start to finish. Pressure is what makes birds spooky, but they still come. Use a realistic turkey decoy or nothing late season, and on birds that have been called to.
How many turkey decoys you choose to use good luck and shoot straight this spring.