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Offline CraigK

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Early season turkey decoy setup
« on: February 20, 2017, 05:38:04 PM »
This season I'm going to try a strutting Tom and hen setup and am wondering which direction should these decoys be facing?  I'm going to set them up at 15-30 degree angle from me so that I'm not in the incoming bird's line of sight.  Should the strutter be placed behind the hen?  Sideways?  Facing me? Thanks in advance.
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Re: Early season turkey decoy setup
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2017, 08:58:25 PM »
Don't over think or over analyze.. Turkey's aren't as smart as most people think they are.:)
« Last Edit: February 20, 2017, 09:18:33 PM by Jimmer »

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Re: Early season turkey decoy setup
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2017, 09:38:03 PM »
More importantly than how the gobbler will approach is making sure you set up so you can protect yourself from other hunters.  The strutting toms are targets for guys who like to sneak in and shoot birds.  Set up carefully.
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Re: Early season turkey decoy setup
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2017, 03:13:38 PM »
One way I set up is tom facing me and hen away from me. When a tom comes to fight he comes face to face which will have him facing away from you. When a tom comes to breed he approaches from behind a hen. Having the hen decoy facing away puts the toms back to you. Not always the way it happens but more often than not.


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Re: Early season turkey decoy setup
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2017, 10:54:29 AM »
One way I set up is tom facing me and hen away from me. When a tom comes to fight he comes face to face which will have him facing away from you. When a tom comes to breed he approaches from behind a hen. Having the hen decoy facing away puts the toms back to you. Not always the way it happens but more often than not.


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Re: Early season turkey decoy setup
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2017, 01:33:56 PM »
One way I set up is tom facing me and hen away from me. When a tom comes to fight he comes face to face which will have him facing away from you. When a tom comes to breed he approaches from behind a hen. Having the hen decoy facing away puts the toms back to you. Not always the way it happens but more often than not.


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Re: Early season turkey decoy setup
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2017, 03:19:57 PM »
I use only a hen and have her facing away from me. as long as you have something for the birds to focus on it will help and as Machias stated make sure if you do run male birds that you think about where they are in relation to you for safety.

 

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