Turkey Decoys in the timber.

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Turkey Decoys in the timber.

Post by Ridgeking » November 30th, 2017, 6:47 pm

So, Christmas, obviously is right around the corner. Tonight my bride asked my boy what it is that he would like for his main gift. The boy said that he wants a nice hen and jake decoy set. I don't use decoys in my hunting because I hunt in the woods and because I want the bird hunting me as he comes in and I don't want to risk having a tom hung up expecting a hen decoy to come to him as he struts 100 yards away.
I'm just curious what the consensus might be regarding using decoys in the timber? Before I talk the kid out of these things and try to talk him into a really nice slate call or something else...
It seems like a most guys use decoys these days I guess but I often wonder if that's just mostly marketing stuff. Dang it, I'm old and set in my ways.....

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Re: Turkey Decoys in the timber.

Post by guesswho » November 30th, 2017, 7:22 pm

I would think they would be just a effective/ineffective in timber as they would a field. Especially his choice of a hen and Jake combo. One advantage might be that the dekes might allow him to get away with a little more movement by drawing the attention to them vs a gobbler that comes in surveying the area looking for that hen he's been hearing. I don't use them myself, but if a young hunter was set on us using them I would. But I would try and persuade them into us hunting without them. If they insisted, so be it. After all it's all about them!
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Re: Turkey Decoys in the timber.

Post by Grumpy » November 30th, 2017, 7:33 pm

I don't believe a Tom that is looking to breed is going to shy away because of the trees.
I use 2 full body hens and 1 full body jake next to a large area of pine trees and those Toms seem to come right in to feel the wrath of the 20 gauge.
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Re: Turkey Decoys in the timber.

Post by timbrhuntr » December 1st, 2017, 10:11 am

guesswho wrote:
November 30th, 2017, 7:22 pm
I would think they would be just a effective/ineffective in timber as they would a field. Especially his choice of a hen and Jake combo. One advantage might be that the dekes might allow him to get away with a little more movement by drawing the attention to them vs a gobbler that comes in surveying the area looking for that hen he's been hearing. I don't use them myself, but if a young hunter was set on us using them I would. But I would try and persuade them into us hunting without them. If they insisted, so be it. After all it's all about them!
Hmmm you might be looking at a seat next to gobblenut in the seniors home soon ! :lol:

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Re: Turkey Decoys in the timber.

Post by hoobilly » December 1st, 2017, 9:12 pm

guesswho wrote:
November 30th, 2017, 7:22 pm
I would think they would be just a effective/ineffective in timber as they would a field. Especially his choice of a hen and Jake combo. One advantage might be that the dekes might allow him to get away with a little more movement by drawing the attention to them vs a gobbler that comes in surveying the area looking for that hen he's been hearing. I don't use them myself, but if a young hunter was set on us using them I would. But I would try and persuade them into us hunting without them. If they insisted, so be it. After all it's all about them!
There for a second I thought you were gonna ask him to be on the bondaka deke prostaff.. :LMAO:

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Re: Turkey Decoys in the timber.

Post by guesswho » December 1st, 2017, 9:25 pm

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Re: Turkey Decoys in the timber.

Post by crenshawco » December 1st, 2017, 10:31 pm

Definitely no decoys in the woods for me, but I rarely use decoys period.

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Post by quavers16 » December 2nd, 2017, 1:57 pm

I think decoys would work better in a field. I don't think I would use a decoy in the hardwoods if those woods were public lands.

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Re: Turkey Decoys in the timber.

Post by Hognutz » December 2nd, 2017, 2:49 pm

I’ve used them in the woods in Wi. and Mi. And never had a problem. Like in any hunt, you win some, you lose some. I generally just used a hen or two. But have used a jake with them and that has worked well, also. Generally a pain in the a$$ to carry in more than less.
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Re: Turkey Decoys in the timber.

Post by Ridgeking » December 3rd, 2017, 9:09 am

I think I've got him talked out of the decoys. I know there are guys who like them but I don't think they are going to be a benefit to him where we hunt. If he persists that he REALLY REALLY wants them... well, maybe we'll get him a nice Jake and hen. Maybe he'll show this old dog something...

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Re: Turkey Decoys in the timber.

Post by decoykrvr » December 3rd, 2017, 9:30 am

For woods hunting, I would use one of the better foam decoys. The foam decoys are lighter, easier to tote, and the newer foam decoys have really good painting w/ feather iridescence. You really don't need the extreme detail available on some of the best decoys since you will be hunting in the woods w/ more shadows, also the foam decoys are much cheaper. Invest in a good camo bag w/ an over the shoulder strap to protect and tote the decoy. If you've never utilized a decoy, be very careful to place the decoy so that another hunter can't slip in, shoot the decoy, and shoot you as well. I've had a decoy shot and had them stalked several times on public ground which is why I don't even carry decoys on unregulated ground. The better more rigid foam decoys don't need this, but on some of the foam decoys you are best served by stuffing the head, neck, and body with plastic shopping bags to remove any of the creases and wrinkles which will make the decoy look better and easier to set up.
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Re: Turkey Decoys in the timber.

Post by hoobilly » December 3rd, 2017, 9:37 am

When hunting the mountains down in eastern Ky I usually never use the decoys. If it’s raining a lot I will find a place to set up in the bottoms and stake a Jake in place.

For here in Indiana we don’t have huge wooded areas. A 40 acre woods is not common, so I mostly run m gun. Now with late archery season I will deft use decoys.

Now for youth, I will use decoys to show them how turkeys interact with a deke. Plus it helps keep eyes off the kids movement.

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Re: Turkey Decoys in the timber.

Post by HunterGKS » December 3rd, 2017, 9:48 am

I have used a 1/2 strut jake & hen from AvianX for several years in both woods & fields with success in both. I don't think it really
matters to the gob where he sees a hen & a challenger to his throne. If someone wants to use dekes in the woods, gopherit.
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Re: Turkey Decoys in the timber.

Post by soiltester » December 3rd, 2017, 10:28 am

HunterGKS wrote:
December 3rd, 2017, 9:48 am
I have used a 1/2 strut jake & hen from AvianX for several years in both woods & fields with success in both. I don't think it really
matters to the gob where he sees a hen & a challenger to his throne. If someone wants to use dekes in the woods, gopherit.
I've been "gopherit" with my DSD hen & jake for 3 seasons now and am lovin' "wherever" I put them :thumbup:
Also, as mentioned, it's the "carry" that decides if they go along :LMAO:
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Re: Turkey Decoys in the timber.

Post by HunterGKS » December 3rd, 2017, 10:49 am

soiltester wrote:
December 3rd, 2017, 10:28 am
HunterGKS wrote:
December 3rd, 2017, 9:48 am
I have used a 1/2 strut jake & hen from AvianX for several years in both woods & fields with success in both. I don't think it really
matters to the gob where he sees a hen & a challenger to his throne. If someone wants to use dekes in the woods, gopherit.
I've been "gopherit" with my DSD hen & jake for 3 seasons now and am lovin' "wherever" I put them :thumbup:
Also, as mentioned, it's the "carry" that decides if they go along :LMAO:
Here at home, I set-up my 2 blinds a week or so ahead of the opener & leave the dekes & a camp chair in each so I don't
have to worry about carrying them. When I do have to carry, I have a military duffle bag with 2 shoulder straps so it's not
too bad.
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Re: Turkey Decoys in the timber.

Post by Stinky J Picklestein » December 15th, 2017, 11:35 am

I haven't had as much luck decoying in thick cover as in the open/fields...but maybe that's just coincidence.

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Re: Turkey Decoys in the timber.

Post by turkeyinstrut » December 15th, 2017, 12:08 pm

I carry a foam collapsible decoy in my vest at all times but rarely use it BUT!!! I have seen times where if I would have used it in the woods it would have made the difference in killing a bird or not. I also hunt Missouri and where I hunt out there is a lot of fields and I about always use a decoy, using a deke in the woods is not going to hinder you in any way but it could mean the difference between killing a gobbler or not. Most of the time here in WV you can set up on a bird so when you first see him you can kill him but I like to watch them coming as it tends to give me a chance to settle my nerves. :D

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