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What decoys do you set out? (Blind Hunting Only!)

  • Single Hen

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  • Multiple Hens

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  • Hen + Tom

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  • Multiple Hens + Tom

    Votes: 11 12.5%
  • Single Tom

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  • Hen + Jake

    Votes: 20 22.7%
  • Multiple Hens + Jake

    Votes: 23 26.1%
  • Single Jake

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  • Other (Please post)

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Okay this is a thread for BLIND HUNTERS only, if youre going to set up and wait for birds (Lets say first 2 weeks of the season). What are you putting out! I understand those who run n gun may choose differently for portability reasons, so this is strictly for those hunting from a blind or set location! :shade:
 

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I'll have out my peep-n-tom with tommy tail and at least one hen. Sometimes it's the strutter and two hens sometimes it's three it just depends on the way I feel that morning and where I am. If I'm not far from the atv and using my stuffer, it's the only hen I use but if I'm packing in a ways, I might use both my looker & feeder Zinks and maybe one of my old feather-flex's.
 

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I usually use a hen and a jake. Sometimes I try to mix it up a bit, but usually go back to that set up. I might also put a small string around the jake and yank it back into my blind if I think it is messing me up.
 

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^ Good idea with the string if the jake is not working out!

Keep em coming guys! I know almost everyone uses decoys!
 

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I typically take a strutting Tom and a feeding hen (or 2). I cut the beard short on the Tom so he looks more subordinate. Sometimes I'll throw a Jake decoy in the mix or another hen. If I find out the specific bird I'm hunting doesn't like the aggressiveness of a full strut Tom I'll use the Jake with my Feeding Hen in the submissive position ready to breed and the Jake right behind her. Alot of my setups are specific to the bird I'm hunting. They all have different personalities. The old Toms are more weary and won't come in to certain calls or decoy setups so you have to get creative and think outside the box. And it's even harder getting them on film by myself. That's why I love chasing these birds so much! Good luck
 

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TTT Keep it coming guys! This could be a really helpful thread for newer turkey hunters if we get enough votes! I'm a bit surprised at the results, I expected more Toms!
 

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Based on what I've seen from other hunters, I wouldn't feel comfortable with a jake or tom decoy.
Elaborate?

TTT 2 guys voted for Other but didnt post! Keep this up top, this could be a very helpful thread!
 

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I've tried all scenarios and I just seem to have a lot more luck with a full strutting Tom and a feeding hen. Killed my last 3 birds this way and they all came in charging that Tom decoy.
 

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If I am in the woods. I like to use 2 hens alone. Each one angled differently in different locations, so the Tom can see them from different vantage points. You never know which direction the Tom is going to come into or hang up from, so if one decoy is blocked by the crest of hill, then he might be able to pick out the other one.
 

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Killer-B and a upright hen laying on the ground....really seems to draw them in! Motion IS everything!
Exactly what I was thinking about using this year! except I may throw in a feeder hen!

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My opening day set up will consist of the following....

1.) Carry Lite Peep N' Tom w/ jake fan and beard
2.) Hardcore Widowmaker hen painted to look like a DSD
3.) Carry Lite Pretty Mama feeding hen with string attached for feeding action


I'll have the Widowmaker down on the ground in the submissive position with my Peep N' "Jake" standing behind her. Then off to the side I'll have the Pretty Mama feeding and I'll give a tug on the string for some motion every so often just for added realism and confidence. In PA though, I make sure I have orange visible because we have nitwits that will shoot my decoy even if they see the blind.
 

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TTT

It seems like about half of you use Jakes, and only a quarter use toms! Kinda suprising!
 
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