It is not unusual to get multiple point blank...inside of 10 yards...shots during a season. For that to happen, the birds do need to cooperate. But it is frequent to say the least. I can remember a picture perfect day in 2015. I was hunting by myself. I had one golden opportunity to seal the deal on a bird inside of 10 yards. And a couple more that were not far outside of that 10 yard market. It was day where I was not following my own advise...DON'T RUSH!
Our Heads Up Turkey Decoy continues to prove it's worth season after season. Based on my social media feeds and text messages, 2016 is no different. There a lot of people out there with their own version of turkey decoys. As I said in my last blog post, you cannot compete with the Heads Up Decoy when the weather is bad...or when the weather is good. Our simple design lends itself to versatility and effective. We've proven that time and time again...to the point we have nothing left to do other than keep having fun and introducing our product to new folks.
I have some great footage of my friend David from a couple years back that has never been formally produced until now. (Click Video) It was a windy spring, but this day proved to be picture perfect for turkey hunting. We did not roll out of bed at o-dark-thirty. David and I sneaked down a low wash to a steep bank. As the sun was beginning to light up the pasture, we eased up the steep bank and settle into a small yucca patch on the top of a ridge. The ridge had a great vantage point and it happen to be adjacent to a small grove of trees the toms filtered into after they lost their hens to the nest.
We occasionally called. We could hear birds in several directions. Pretty soon we realized one gobbler was really picking up what we were putting down. Easily the farthest bird I've every called and decoyed in. He was merely a speck when we saw him.
When an animal is way out there, I don't mind doing some really crazy things to get an animal to see the decoy. Once I know they have made eye contact, I reel it in an begin making more natural movements. This was one of those instances where I raised the decoy high above my head. Rotate the Heads Up side to side until he made visual.
Once this bird made visual contact with us, he didn't know whether to strut, gobble, run, or all of the above. He was fired up. When I saw the bird run down the draw toward us a few hundred yards away...I knew this bird was going to finish close...and well...he was in David's lap.
We get a lot of hunts that work out like this, but not all of them are on film.
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