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Old 01-24-2010, 04:28 PM
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Default Decoy Setup

Ive been looking to buy some new dekes but i was gonna ask first, what setup have you had the most success with in the past by setup i mean 2 jakes 1 hen or something else that has worked for you all and how they need to be positioned or if it even matters..this will be my first year trying decoys but im always wanting to add something to the arsenal
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Old 01-24-2010, 05:09 PM
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Over and Over and Over I have great luck with one hen like the Bobblin Head hen. Don't fall trap to more then one like the Love stack or the Pretty boy that K&H sell ...
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Old 01-24-2010, 05:10 PM
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I use hens only but thats just my preference. I usually set mine out about 20 yards.
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Old 01-25-2010, 12:49 AM
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I'd say that I've had good success with just a hen; a hen and a jake; and no dekes at all. The decoys should match the hunting situation. Early in the season, we do well with hens and jakes. Later in the season, after the birds have been hunted, with just a hen, and late seaon, with a lot of vegetation, no decoys.
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Old 01-25-2010, 03:03 AM
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I've tried jakes and hen with no luck...two years ago I got the pretty boy decoy and pretty girl that comes with him...Those two decoys are flat out awesome...I've had nothing but success with em...I mean when the situation is right to use them, like out in an open field or fairly open hardwoods. Best of luck to ya!
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Old 01-26-2010, 04:38 AM
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Default I prefer 4-5 decoys

My advice and experience may be different from the others -

I don't use decoys much, but when I do (mainly when hunting with my son or early season when the turkeys are bunched up and strutting in fields) I use several of them. In the early season I may use the B-mobile strutter with several hens. Later I take out B-mobile and just use the hens. I've never had much success using a jake decoy.

I believe that using several decoys takes a turkey's attention off just one. The longer he focuses on just one decoy the more likely he is able to tell it isn't real. That's my hypothesis anyway. It looks more realistic in my opinion, and I have had good success with this tactic

In my area when I see turkeys in fields there are typically several of them, rarely just one or two (until much later in the season).

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Old 01-26-2010, 01:46 PM
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Each has his/her's opinions on decoy use. My second bird last spring came running into a jake only decoy I had set up. Decoys are just another tool for the turkey hunter. It adds to the illusion, a Gobbler hears your yelps and then see's the decoys.............
I would rather have them with me at all times than not. To each his own.
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Old 01-26-2010, 07:52 PM
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