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For the guys looking for decoys - 2009 Carrylite's Peep'n Tom... [Personal Review]

Old 03-03-2009, 04:54 PM
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2009 Review of the Peep'n Tom

Carrylite's Peep'n Tom

For a while now I have been looking for a gobbler decoy. Although, I wanted it to have a few characteristics. I wanted a good looking decoy, obviously; I wanted it to be collapsible; (very important to me); and I wanted it to be a decent deal. Well, after careful consideration, I found that Carrylite's Peep'n Tomwas the best choice. I ordered from Rogers Sporting Goods, and paid $84.99, which to me for a Gobbler and hen decoy combination wasn't a bad deal.

The decoy arrived today.

First thing I noticed was that the box was big enough for me to crawl in, and still have room for a sofa or two. Immediately I knew something was up. After opening the box I realized that to my dismay the gobbler decoy was NOT collapsible. Even though the back of the box CLEARLY says that BOTH decoys are fully collapsible, and fit into a vest. What really irritates me is that everywhere you look for information on this decoy, it says that it is collapsible. Even the instructional DVD the guy says he folds it up and fits the hen and gobbler into his vest. Lie. False advertising. There is absolutely no way to fold up the gobbler decoy. The hen can be folded up though. Bottom line as far as that part of the decoy I felt I was lied to. Alot of guys only want decoys if they are versatile and easily transported. Apparently Knight and Hale, the makers of this decoy, knew this and decided to state that the decoy was collapsible even when they knew it was not.

That aside, the decoy is THE BEST looking full strut gobbler decoy on the market, bar none. The colors are spot on, the heads look very realistic, and with a real fan it is almost too good to be true!



The hen is decent looking as well, although I disagree with the light coloring of the decoy. It's called the Pretty Penny and it has a copper color rather than the usual brown/black color of a hen. To me, it looks more like a oversized grouse than a hen turkey. But, this may just be the change of pace a weary old gobbler needs to make him commit. I'll find out later.

Overall, I am pleased with the decoy, but when I read the information about an item I expect to be told the truth. Would I suggest this decoy to others...? Absolutely. But be aware that you will be toting around a full size gobbler in a backpack. No way around it.

Pros
-Best looking gobbler on the market
-2 gobbler and 2 hen heads give multiple variations
-Hen comes with submissive and contented head
-Gobbler comes with strutting and contented head
-All 4 heads are ultra realistic looking
-Can use both heads at once to look like 2 gobblers
-For $84.99, the quality cannot be beat. ( www.rogerssportinggoods.com )
-Adjustable beard
-Very realistic beard material
-Can use a real turkey fan

Cons
-Both decoys are difficult to collapse,while the gobbler is impossible.
-As a result, transportation is very limited.
-The photoreproduction fan has limited use. (high winds, sun glare, etc.)
-Hen decoy came with one eye unpainted (fixed it myself)
-Decoys are heavy compared to others on the market.
-Stakes are thick and hard to push into ground.

Final Thoughts
*Ranked 1-10, 1 being lowest, 10 being highest score


Realism-- 9 The best bar-none
Versatility-- 7 The extra heads allow variations for hunting styles
Transportation-- 3 This oversized decoy will keep you close to the truck or prove very cumbersome on long walks
Pricing-- 8 With quality comes high prices, but at $84.99 its the best of both worlds
Quality-- 8 Other than the unpainted hen eye this product is very well made

Overall-- 8.5 A good, well-built gobbler decoy

*These are solely my opinions on a product purchased recently. All comments can be taken with a grain of salt, but as a consumer, it is our duty to help fellow consumers. I hope this helps a few in their everlasting search for the ultimate gobbler decoy.

**Questions/comments particular to the decoy are welcome. (I can attempt to answer.)

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Old 03-03-2009, 05:09 PM
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Well I don't know much about the carry-lite line of gobbler decoys but on the B-moblie to fold it uo you push out the indention in the back of the body where the fan is suppose to be and then you can roll it up. So I'm saying, Have you tried that? Like I said thats B-mobile, but it's a suggestion.
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Old 03-03-2009, 05:13 PM
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Mouthcaller, the decoy is made of completely different material. The peep'n tom is more like a hard, thick, rubber material, whereas the b-mobile is a thin, flexible, rubbery material. The backside of the Peep'n tom is about 3/4" thick of hard plastic. There is absolutely no way to fold this decoy. I do appreciate the suggestion though.
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Old 03-04-2009, 09:11 PM
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Will try to update with pictures soon.
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Old 03-05-2009, 05:36 AM
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I own a B-Mobile...... nice decoy
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Old 03-05-2009, 07:38 AM
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Great Reveiw!!
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Old 03-05-2009, 01:22 PM
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As promised...

May be slowerfor dial-up connections


The first shows the 2 dekes, three stakes, 4 heads, paper fan and carry bag. I did not include the instructional DVD.


The next is a close-up shot of the 4 heads included with the kit.


Next, gobbler with strutting head and paper fan, and hen with submissive head and position.


Peep'n Tom at his finest with Pretty Penny.


The next shows why this decoy is calledPeep'n Tom. [with real fan]


This is a photo from about 20 yards away. This is with a real fan, and the henwith acontent head and position.


This one shows the content/aggressive head on the gobbler with Pretty Penny in the background.


Same as the previous showing the back of Peep'n Tom.


Last but not least, a close-up of Pretty Penny.


As you can seethey are very sharp looking decoys. Hopefully thishas beeninformational to a few in shopping for a gobbler deke.


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Old 03-05-2009, 03:04 PM
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After I read this I checked out my Cabela's spring turkey magazine and it says collapsible. I think it's purdy sorry that it's being advertised as collapsible.


Is the second head just on another stake in the pic where you can see both?
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Old 03-05-2009, 03:52 PM
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Yes it is fantail. The gobblers body actually has a small hole that you run the stake down through and the head just goes on the stake. If you were to look at the decoy from the opposite side you would not see the stake, but you would see a second head coming out of the gobblers body. Up close it looks weird, but if a gobbler is out 50 or so yards and sees it he wont be able to tell the difference. I will most likely use this decoy with only one head at a time anyways.
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Old 03-06-2009, 01:50 PM
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I'm not too crazy about the whole double head thing, But the gobbler looks nice. The only thing I would change is pretty penny. There, in my opinion, is wayto much light brown and not enough black and dark brown. I don't want to soundnegitive or anything,tha's just what I think.
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