Pmringer
Good morning,

I am going after spring turkey this year from a few blow downs that we have on the property.  I can conceal relatively well and shoot standing or kneeling from each spot.  That being said I am not using decoys and wondering if this is going to be a bang my head against the wall endeavor and if I need to get some decoys.  My intention is to be able to move between spots quickly without having a lot of gear.

Thoughts or advice?  I'll be using a diaphragm call or my wing bone call to try to keep my hands free a bit but getting busted on the draw seems to be the biggest hurdle.

Thanks!

Patrick
Patrick M. Ferringer
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M T Denham
Decoys really help! I personally wouldn’t try shooting one with a bow with out decoys!  I like a hen and jake combo. It gives the Tom what he’s looking for Turkey’s! With that being said if you see his head he can see you draw!!!! I like to face my jake decoy looking at me and hen decoy slightly off to one side a little closer to me but only a few feet from the jake! But that just what I like! SOME TIMES this will make the Tom face off the decoys looking away from you! I got no problem sending a arrow up his rear end! But I like a big broad head! If you do shoot at side try to break a wing butt. Camo that face! That includes those eyelids! At fifty yards he can see that fly crawling on the tree you’re setting up against! So at 15-18 yards he can see every time you blink! Big SOS SIGN! Lot of guys don’t think of that! Good luck and above all have a safe and wonderful Hunt
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M T Denham
One more thing! Hopefully you got more then one day to hunt! I don’t get in a hurry when archery Turkey hunting! What  I learn about a bird today out there ( if I don’t get a shot) helps me the next day! Also if you screw up on a bird don’t think the hunts over, he Isn’t going to run to Walmart! Give him Some time and set up on him in a different location latter in the day you spend some time out there and know you’re area  theses birds are a lot easier to pattern then deer! Also I like hunting all day if it’s Legal.
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Jack Denbow
See if you can find a copy of "Bowhunting for Turkeys" by Jack Brobst. It was written in 1984 and he never used a pop up blind. He killed more turkeys than most hunter could dream of with a recurve bow. I used to see him at some shoots till his health started failing. I haven't seen him in quite a few years. I am not sure if he is still alive or not. I think he was a PBS member. You may find a copy of the book on the big auction site.
Jack
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Pmringer
Fortunately our farm is right by the house and I will be working from home the full season and can hunt all day.  I think I may give it a go without decoys but have some in my pack just in case.  I appreciate the advice and am looking forward to it.  I have been successful from a blind but want to try it hunting in the blow downs this year.  You can't get better if you don't try!
Patrick M. Ferringer
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Jeff Holchin
It definitely is possible, especially if you have the time and patience 
This is what happens when you surprise your menopausal wife with news about your next hunting trip and she happens to be a former kick boxing champ of NC....
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Pmringer
Appreciate the responses.  I worked on a couple blow down areas today and cleared some shooting windows.  I will be setting decoys this year after some thought.  Don't want to throw the entire system out of the window in one season. 
Patrick M. Ferringer
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Jeff Frick
I'm live in a heavily hunted area with lots of people educating the birds before the season opener.  Have had mixed reviews with the decoys somedays the birds just run of from them.  Last year I finally called the old gobbler in with his two hens.  Was wearing a leafing suit and sitting by a large oak tree.  The hens pecked past my feet and the gobbler strutted past the oak tree on my backside dragging his wings.  Had no dekes out and sure was exciting but no shooting.  Best of luck to you and any one else going out.
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