There’s a science behind the creation of believable turkey decoys these days. Turkeys might carry the same basic instincts and habits that they’ve possessed for decades, but the paranoia gene in their pea-sized brains has surely evolved. When it comes to the fake-feathered imposters we stuff in our vests and stake into the ground, turkeys are continually enhancing their decoy education and detouring from our setups to avoid death. I firmly believe decoy realism makes a difference to tip-toeing toms, and that theory is applied in the design and production of the most effective modern turkey manikins.
You’ll see a lot of new turkey decoys online and on store shelves in 2014, including two new hens from Montana Decoy.
Montana is arguably the most popular manufacturer in the 2-D decoy market, with a variety of species represented in their growing lineup. Montana Decoy President C.J. Davis is an avid turkey hunter, so it’s no surprise he has decided to expand Montana’s turkey decoy offerings this spring.
The first new hen decoy is being called “Dinner Belle”—dressed to mimic a contently feeding hen. “Dinner Belle is the perfect addition to a decoy flock, or on her own to fool a less dominant gobbler,” C.J. advised.
To appeal to a gobbler’s reproductive urges, Montana is adding a hen in a breeding posture called “Spring Fling.” From my own experience, you might stage an attack on an angry longbeard by pairing Spring Fling with Montana’s jake decoy, Punk Jake. After all, no self-respecting older dude will stand idly by as a young punk tries to steal his woman.
Both of these new dekes were created by shooting professional photos of real hen wild turkeys in the field. The images were then applied to both sides of the 2-D decoys through a special type of high-definition wizardry.
Most hunters choose Montana Decoys over competing 3-D options because of their extreme, lightweight portability. A Montana folds down to almost nothing, yet all of the decoys are built to take a beating.
You might especially appreciate the fact that these decoys are licensed by the National Wild Turkey Federation, meaning part of the profits generated by Montana help to fund initiatives that support turkeys. “Turkey hunting holds a special place at Montana Decoy,” C.J. affectionately explained. “We are strong supporters of the NWTF and are excited to be partners with an organization dedicated to wildlife conservation, as well as the preservation of our hunting heritage.”
At a recommended retail price of just $29.99, these new hens from Montana Decoy will undoubtedly occupy an army of turkey vests this spring.