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Controversial turkey hunting technique scrutinized

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An old technique of hiding behind a gobbler decoy to stalk wild turkeys is being revived – much to the dismay of hunter safety educators.

For perspective, Native Americans camouflaged themselves with the horns and skins of buffalo to stalk bison. The tactic’s effectiveness was all that was important for Indians hunting to survive.

But modern sportsmen have more to consider.

A decoy company’s video hyping the “scoot & shoot” technique – or “fanning” as some call it – is getting a lot of play on the Internet. Some hunters apparently find no problems with sneaking and hiding behind the fanned-out tail of a realistic gobbler decoy, at least on private land.

The Mojo Outdoors video clips show hunters rising from behind a gobbler decoy’s fanned tail and shooting running toms, sometimes as close as 10 feet or less.

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