As I look out my office window at a white-out snowfall, I’ll gladly accept any mental departure from winter and any excuse to begin thinking about spring turkey hunting. #addicted #floppage #iAmHunter #carnivore
If there’s one thing that’s always ripe for getting me jacked up about gobblers, it’s the introduction of new turkey hunting gear. Today, I’m excited to share with you the latest Avian-X LCD turkey decoys. These super-sexy hens are a fresh flock for 2014.
“The new hatch of Avian-X decoys are as real as turkey decoys get,” boasted Avian-X’s Josh Grossenbacher. “With proper anatomy, paint schemes, size, weight and newly added leg stubs, the new LCD decoys are unmatched!”
I’m a huge fan of the existing Avian-X line of turkey decoys. The claim of “LCD” is no lie: They really are “lifelike, collapsible decoys.” While several of the hard-shell turkey decoys on the market offer incredible, tom-taunting realism, I’m not a huge fan. The rigid bodies of hard-shell dekes are a pain in the back (literally) to carry, and they can be loud when bumped. I typically cover a lot of ground when I’m chasing gobblers, so that’s why I prefer the Avian-X Dura-Rubber inflatable design. They’re soft, quiet and have a stunningly beautiful finish. Yes, they’re heavier than most hard-shells, but not enough to matter to me. I’ve even used a cushy Avian for a pillow while catching a mid-day nap in the spring turkey woods. After years of use, I can also confidently say Avian-X decoys are rugged and durable. I’ve put mine through hell and they’re still in topnotch condition.
The dudes at Avian-X stepped it up a notch for 2014 by developing three new hens. These decoys are a tad smaller and lighter than the original lineup. One of the complaints I’ve heard among turkey hunters about the originals is that they’re too big—in terms of both true turkey size and carrying comfort. If you’re in that crowd, these updated girls might make you an Avian believer. And if you didn’t notice while viewing the images, the new hens also have longer, more convincing legs—definitely a sweet touch-up.
Perhaps the most important characteristics of the new Avian-X hen decoys lie in the body postures. The guys at Zink and Avian-X are hardcore turkey hunters. Like me and my fellow longbeard lunatics, they travel the country every spring on a tom-tagging marathon. As a result, their experience has taught them about the intimate habits and attributes of real birds in relation to their most common activities. Check out these photos featuring the three new hens, along with descriptions and rationales—provided by the Avian-X developers—for their strategic body poses.
All of the new Avian-X hens come with a kick-ass carrying bag and a folding motion stake. You’d think the Avian-X marketing minds would jack up the price from that of the original lineup, but they’re not: The MSRP on these bad girls remains at $79.99.