When it comes to turkey hunting, people tend to overshadow the decoy placement by scouting, roosting and calling. All these are crucial things when it comes to turkey hunting success. Also, techniques and understanding decoy placement are essential for a successful hunt.
Pick a Spot
First, you need to choose the best turkey decoy that will attract turkey. When you have the best one, it would be a waste if you don’t pick the right spot. You can put the decoy in an open area such as power line corridor, agricultural field or just a clearing in the woods. The decoys need to be easily seen by any turkey approaching. The decoys act as visual tools that take the attention of the birds as they approach. If some birds appear in the field, it gives turkey enough confidence to approach.
Distance from the Decoys
During decoy placement, distance is very crucial. Having the decoy too close or far away can affect the success of the hunt. Never place decoys at distances more than 25 yards from the hiding spot. This rule doesn’t apply to younger hunters and bow hunters. Decoys need to be moved closer depending on the shooting ability and equipment in use.
Decoy placement doesn’t just involve placing them randomly across the field, and a method should be applied. You can arrange the decoys in three necessary arrangements. These methods includes;
Walking – it involves arranging decoys in such a manner that they appear to be walking. You need to place all the turkey decoys in a row and facing in a similar direction. The hens should be in the font, and male decoys should be trailing behind. You should place the decoy to show that they are leaving the field. It gives the turkey a sense to speed up to catch up with the hens. This technique is perfect when birds move from roosting to feeding locations.
Feeding – this method involves a random pattern, and most hunters use it. It has birds placed in feeding position. The heads are down in such a way they appear to be picking food from the ground. When using this arrangement, ensure that the male decoy is facing you and should be behind hens. You want the bird to face the male decoy so that you may shoot without obstacles.
Mating – In this arrangement, the decoys are placed in such a way that they simulate birds that are ready to mate. The hen is placed on the ground, and the male decoy is standing behind her. This pattern shows the hen’s submission. It will elicit a flight reaction or fight. The birds will either run away or run towards the decoys for a fight.
During hunting, you should always bear in the mind that there are no magical set ups that will always produce birds. A good hunter should always learn from the time spent hunting. If the arrangement doesn’t work for the first day, some few things and try different placement. If you can adapt, then you are sure of knowledge and success in hunting.