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Phil from Maine 05-02-2019 05:24 PM

I messed it up this morning..
I went out back to my blind and set up my decoys. Just after I got back in my blind and set down 3 nice birds were already in amongst the decoys. They were all around 15 yards and I over shot them. I thought I was going to have doubles with the first shot at them. But I went and blew it. It was during a light rain when they showed up. No gobbles until after I had missed them. I practiced shooting from inside my blind after they had left. I was shooting around a foot high. So I tried to sight it in for closer shooting but couldnít bring it down no more than 6 inches. So if they come back I will be better prepared anyway. Do you think that any of them will come into the decoys again? I did rearrange my decoys and moved them out at a little different angle so it will not look the same..I am hoping that I can lure one in. What do you all think? I canít use a shotgun there because of house being to close to discharge a firearm..

Phil from Maine 05-03-2019 02:10 AM

Well they are still around.. They avoided my decoys and walked right up the road. They gobbled a few times but nothing like they have been doing. There was the three toms and five hens. So I am thinking that they will continue to hang around..

Champlain Islander 05-03-2019 02:25 AM

Try it again without the decoys. I had one that gave me the slip last year 2 days in a row until I figured it wouldn't cross near a decoy. They learn pretty quickly when a decoy is involved.

Phil from Maine 05-03-2019 02:36 AM

Thanks CI.. I will give it a try and see what happens. If that doesnít work I will remove the strutter and get another hen decoy and use just the jake with them. They were interested in them but never came in. With so many hens with them they wasnít going to leave those alone..

Timbrhuntr 05-03-2019 06:13 AM

Its tough right now with so many hens to breed I have one tom that comes in then struts out of range wanting the hen to come to him when she (me) doesn't he moves on. But in a week or so he won't be so choosey ! Same thing with the strutter he woild rather move on than come and pick a fight too many hens right now rather be a lover than a fighter I guess

As far as shooting and missing last year on the last week I called in and missed the same tom 3 days in a row see if you can top that lol.

Erno86 05-03-2019 06:57 AM

Some 'educated' gobblers will run away after seeing turkey decoys. And some ol' gobblers will not come in to a hen, jake decoy setup, because they might be afraid of getting beaten-up by a young jake/jakes.
A crow or heron decoy might put the tom in an easier frame of mind.

bornagain64 05-03-2019 02:07 PM

Keep at it Phil. I always like to change my set up around, usually not even hunt from the same spot. You may not be able to do that where you are.
If you can get a pattern on the birds: where they roost and which direction they are going, I would go with just a hen decoy and set up between there roost and where they head.

Phil from Maine 05-06-2019 06:09 PM

I am trying to work and hunt when I can. I am on vacation this week and trying to put new shingles on my roof in between the rain drops. If I can get a little time I will head up to camp. I normally will get a bird from there. Two years ago I got a bird after shooting a coyote two days before. So I am hopeful of getting one..

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