10 Best Turkey Blinds and Decoys for 2014
April 15, 2014
There's no question that the key to success bowhunting turkey falls squarely on the shoulders of scouting and being where the birds live. Of course, beyond that, most hunts boil down to using a quality blind and decoys that are realistic enough to fool longbeards into point-blank range.
Just what blind you choose will depend on a few variables. First off, will you be hiking two miles into public land to avoid the crowds on a solo gobbler adventure? If so, weight and portability will be key factors. Conversely, you might be bringing a buddy along on a trip to the family farm where you only need to walk 200 yards to your dual-person accommodating blind. In that case, size and configuration of shooting ports will play a larger role in blind choice.
Whatever blind you opt for, you'll need to put some faux turkeys in front of it to draw in approaching toms. Decoy choice is highly subjective, but one thing is for certain: the more realistic the better. Turkeys aren't intelligent, but they are wary and have phenomenal eyesight. This means that if something doesn't look right, a tiny flight synapse will flash through their bird brains and they'll leave fresh tracks heading in the opposite direction.
Realistic looking decoys, though, will have the opposite effect most of the time, with the same bird looking at your spread and feeling a slight tingle in his loins as he realizes there are plenty of hens ripe for his taking. Of course, he also might realize he is going to have to rough up a pencil-necked jake in the process, provided you've staked out a fake competitor as well.
As you saddle up for a spring turkey hunt, consider what blind you'll wile away the hours in while your decoy spread works in conjunction with your calling to draw in birds from near and far. If you need a little help deciding on what's right for you, take a look at the following turkey blinds and decoys, all of which are field-proven and guaranteed to increase your longbeard success.