Waiting in a popup blind is a fine way to kill a gobbler with a bow. It’s also really boring. To get the most out of the hunt, you should maneuver and strategize
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Waiting in a popup blind is a fine way to kill a gobbler with a bow. It’s also really boring. To get the most out of the hunt, you should maneuver and strategize. Ask Cally Morris. A world-champion turkey taxidermist, Morris has killed more than 50 gobblers with a bow—and no blind. His secret? A three-bird spread of realistic decoys. Here’s his plan.
A lack of a blind gives you mobility to go where the turkeys want to be. That might be the edge of the hayfield where you saw a gobbler strutting, or 100 yards from a bird hammering in the timber. While this tactic gives you the freedom to run-and-gun, you will be packing some decoys. Morris uses three: a full-strut tom, a breeder hen, and an upright hen. The strutter and breeder are set quartering slightly away from you at 15 to 17 yards. The upright hen is off to the side of them, no farther than 20 yards. The key is to leave enough space—about 3 yards—between each decoy for the gobbler to strut. “They’ll rarely commit to the spread otherwise,” Morris says.