These Turkey Decoy Setups Show Gobblers Duped by Dekes
Turkey decoys are all the rage. The designs are endless including mounted real birds, hardbody, softbody, photo-realistic, silk-screened and inflatables. Fakes are a key tool in a turkey hunter’s bag of tricks. They can deceive the wariest of wild turkeys. Some gobbler and hen fakes are so realistic that attacks from live turkeys can be violent and destructive. Hens can be triggered into attack mode too, thinking a feathered Jezebel has entered their domain. Any gobbler in tow is usually doomed to wear a harvest tag.
Decoy setups can be overused, however. Birds may become decoy shy or simply ignore them. Motion decoys are a good choice for obvious reasons. Visibility is key for fakes to be effective. Open-field situations allow turkeys to see them from long distances. Used sparingly when conditions warrant, decoys can add much enjoyment and more filled tags to your hunting adventures, not to mention some laughs at seldom-seen turkey behavior.
Click through the photo gallery below for examples of extreme ”turkey-foolery” using counterfeits.
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