Whether you’re having issues with a lack of turkeys lusting after your decoy or simply organizing for an upcoming hunt, you might want to consider bringing your decoy to life.
You could hack into the local power grid and try to jolt your decoy into a Frankenstein state of life, but there are cheaper and potentially less illegal ways to get the job done. I’d hate to have you sitting in California’s San Quentin prison and explaining to a hardened criminal that you’re serving time for decoy abuse.
I just picked up a Papa Strut decoy from Montana Decoys, and although I admire the 3-D structure and lightweight, foldable product, I wanted to give it some pick-me-up. First, I’m adding some real feathers in the form of a turkey tail. I’m simply clamping a preserved tail to the main tail. Montana’s photo-realistic decoys look super, but turkeys love the rustle and glisten of real feathers.
Next, I found a clip and attached it to about 60 yards of reinforced string. This is attached at the other end to a handle. The clip connects easily to the lower side of the tail on the decoy, and when I want to fluster an incoming gobbler, I simply tug on the string and the decoy rotates slightly. Gobblers go goofy when a competitor challenges them, and this strutting swivel is all it takes to throw out a tom challenge.
Lastly, I’m incorporating a mounted hen into the mix. I have a Hazel Creek decoy and her real feathers, lifelike features, and glass eyes combine to seduce even the cagiest of toms. Heck, even I see some beauty in the feathered gal. If you can’t afford a mounted hen, then equip your foam decoy with a Turkey Skinz decoy cover. This feathered wrap provides the glistening sheen of feathers and movement that decoys lack.
With the Papa Strut decoy in command and a submissive, sultry hen waiting, I see a win-win situation. Hopefully, you’ll see it as well. I’m planning to film my kids’ hunts as soon as we get a free weekend to put our plan of decoy deceit into play.
These plain decoys could do the trick, but they might need some added realism.