At this writing I’m still laughing at this video, yet it makes a number of powerful points about turkey hunting. First, a realistic decoy works better than a plastic model. Real feathers help dramatically with a real turkey fan the most important.
One way to create a realistic wild turkey decoy is to have one mounted by a taxidermist. A good one will cost up to $500 and one vendor sells out each year at the National Wild Turkey Federation Convention. If you like do-it-yourself project, you can mount your own using borax to tan the skin. if you skin the turkey carefully, you may convince a local taxidermist to do a “quickie mount” for a significant discount. The tail is the most important and mounting a real turkey fan to a plastic decoy can make a world of difference. The sight of a turkey fan in a gobbler’s territory, usually prompts an immediate attack, regardless of what lies underneath. To preserve a fan, cut a chunk of meat at the base of the tail, spread the fan fully on cardboard and use pins to keep the feathers in place. Use salt or Borax on the meat and dry thoroughly.
This video doesn’t show the blind, yet it demonstrates how close a wild turkey will approach. Although the in-coming gobbler is a jake (a one-year-old gobbler) it pays zero attention to the blind and you can actually hear the hunter and camera operator talking as it stands nearby. If you are a bowhunter, this set-up can give you the kind of point blank range that’s most effective.
Jake decoys prompt the most aggression by gobblers and are often ignored by hens. For these reasons, may hunter prefer them. However, if you want that standing shot at a gobbler that’s strutting perfectly still, the jake won’t deliver it. Gobblers usually attack jakes as you will see, whereas, they will strut and stand perfectly still in front of a hen. One strategy is to use a hen and a jake so that you get the attraction and the stillness.
This video from the Outdoor Hub website is one you’ll share, if you can stop laughing long enough to forward it. https://www.outdoorhub.com/news/2017/05/05/video-youll-never-guess-happens-turkey-hunter/