Many spring turkey hunters will be using turkey decoys this coming spring to help lure in that gobbler, and many seasoned turkey hunters will have their turkey decoy placement in the correct spot during the moment of the truth. However – many more will not be as swift and place their decoys on less than ideal spots that cost them a turkey. Follow these 4 tips to help ensure that your turkey decoy placement is flawless – and you’ll put more gobblers on the ground.
1) Place the jake (or gobbler) turkey decoy facing you. The reason for this is simple – more times than not – the approaching gobbler will circle around and try to get in the jake decoy’s line of sight – to show dominance. This of course gives the hunter a closer shot. Along these same lights – place the hen decoy away from your location. Again – the percentages say the gobbler will circle in front of the male gobbler, and then try to mount the hen decoy. If the hen is facing away – it will draw the gobbler closer.
2) Visibility is key. Your decoys won’t do you a dang bit of good if they are not seen by the approaching turkey. If there is a little hump or slight hill near your setup – try to get the decoy positioned in that area as to make them easier to see. Setting your turkey decoys up in a field will also yield good results – if you can setup the decoys without getting caught. Bellying crawling is often used to get the decoys in position, undetected.
3) Be unique. Many turkey hunters don’t like setting up their turkey decoys very close to their setup, because they worry the turkey will see them easier. This is true. But often times it is better to have your decoys out in an unusual way, than to not have them out at all. So this tip is kind of broad – don’t be afraid to try something different when the time comes to setup your turkey decoy placement.
4) Make your decoys lifelike. Don’t get careless when setting up your decoys. Make sure they are sitting upright, and are not blowing unnaturally in the wind. Place sticks about 60 degrees apart to keep the decoy from spinning in the wind. If you have time – add a lifelike or real beard to your decoys – or even paint your turkey decoy stake a lifelike red, instead of the usual black. Some hunters even tie fishing line to their decoy and pull the line to add realistic movement.
I hope these turkey decoys placement tips help you make it eaiser to decide where (if) to place your turkey decoys when that critical time comes! Best of luck! Please join our facebook page – and check back often for more outdoor tips, stories and product reviews.
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