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This morning was probably the best and worst day I've had while hunting turkeys. I decided to sit in the blind that is setup overlooking a field. One main reason I wanted to sit in this location is because we had birds pitch to that field on the first day, of course we werent setup in the blind though. I set up my AvianX Lookout decoy with the AvianX Strutter decoy and crawled into the blind, not long after I got settled, a Barred Owl started barking - causing the Jakes and Toms to shock gobble. I knew I was in a good location after hearing the shock gobbles.

Here is a pic of my setup.




Anyway, around 0610 I seen turkeys in the adjacent field 250 yards away strutting, figures right.




So, for 2 hours I had 3 Toms and 2 hens feeding/strutting in the adjacent field. I would call to the Toms and they would gobble, but I knew it was going to be hard pulling the Toms away from the hens. The game plan changed to getting the hens riled up by calling to them so they would come close to me, causing the Toms to come within range. Eventually the birds came within the same field as my setup, but this is when everything turned south.

The hens continued to feed in the field and the Toms spotted my decoys and were slowly making their way to me. I estimated the Toms were 80 yards out to my right (Ihad no shots) when all of a sudden I hear Clucking behind me. Apparently a group of hens were behind me, they were no more than 20 yards away from me. Long story short, the Toms never came closer than 60 yards, I wasnt about to take a shot at that distance. For 15 minutes the hens behind me were clucking and the 3 Toms were gobbling, sometimes triple gobbling back at them, but I cant figure out why the Toms wouldnt come into my set? Did my Strutter decoy make them nervous or did the hens play a larger role in drawing the Toms to them? The Toms eventually went into the woods behind me, gobbling to the hens.
 

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Pretty neat story...I'd take that experience any day. You have a good spot. Your turn will come. That's hunting, my friend. Thanks for sharing...I enjoyed the pictures and the story.
 

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G2CDeer said:
This morning was probably the best and worst day I've had while hunting turkeys. I decided to sit in the blind that is setup overlooking a field. One main reason I wanted to sit in this location is because we had birds pitch to that field on the first day, of course we werent setup in the blind though. I set up my AvianX Lookout decoy with the AvianX Strutter decoy and crawled into the blind, not long after I got settled, a Barred Owl started barking - causing the Jakes and Toms to shock gobble. I knew I was in a good location after hearing the shock gobbles.

Here is a pic of my setup.




Anyway, around 0610 I seen turkeys in the adjacent field 250 yards away strutting, figures right.




So, for 2 hours I had 3 Toms and 2 hens feeding/strutting in the adjacent field. I would call to the Toms and they would gobble, but I knew it was going to be hard pulling the Toms away from the hens. The game plan changed to getting the hens riled up by calling to them so they would come close to me, causing the Toms to come within range. Eventually the birds came within the same field as my setup, but this is when everything turned south.

The hens continued to feed in the field and the Toms spotted my decoys and were slowly making their way to me. I estimated the Toms were 80 yards out to my right (Ihad no shots) when all of a sudden I hear Clucking behind me. Apparently a group of hens were behind me, they were no more than 20 yards away from me. Long story short, the Toms never came closer than 60 yards, I wasnt about to take a shot at that distance. For 15 minutes the hens behind me were clucking and the 3 Toms were gobbling, sometimes triple gobbling back at them, but I cant figure out why the Toms wouldnt come into my set? Did my Strutter decoy make them nervous or did the hens play a larger role in drawing the Toms to them? The Toms eventually went into the woods behind me, gobbling to the hens.
What happened was you went turkey hunting.

Maybe you should've tried putting on a stalk after the hens left? Sometimes when you get jammed up like that you gotta try something crazy.
 

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As I said before I would drop the dekes, drop the blind, and set up inside the woods behind where you are set up now.

Its not guaranteed, but you don't need decoys or a blind to kill a turkey. And hey this is strike 2.
 

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As I said before I would drop the dekes, drop the blind, and set up inside the woods behind where you are set up now.

Its not guaranteed, but you don't need decoys or a blind to kill a turkey. And hey this is strike 2.
I agree with blinds not being necessary, but I have the blind out for the rainy days. And I just had to hunt the blind this morning based on how the birds reacted on Saturday. Plus I'm filming for my YouTube channel, the blind allows for movement that I wouldnt get away with if I was in the open.
 

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I see what you are up against in that pic above. I can see my 2 green and one reddot fibers on that 'ol boy there with his neck stretched out. Keep at it you will get one of them eventually. Good Luck
 

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I watched a little bit of your vid and the hens prob wanted to go back that way so not sure it would have mattered but next time you are in that situation and she starts going off like that match her intensity right away and keep it going. it might just work
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set up n the woods. try to find a spot where it is a little thick and the Gobbler has to come close to you. believe this will work. something else, hens go to nest later in the morning leaving Gobblers alone. maybe try that spot about 8 or 9 in the morning. less competition from the hens. they have been breeding for a couple months now. sure they have eggs on the nest. Good luck to you.
 
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