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Just getting into Turkey hunting and wondered......

What type of decoy do you use and how do you have yours setup (positioning, etc.) for this spring?

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I like feather flex cause their lite any easy to carry in my t-vest....I like to use a couple of hens with a jake (optional). I sometimes put the jake in a breeding postion over on of the hens. I've had tom's kick the livin crap out of my jake.
 

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I use 2-3 hen decoys and 1 jake. I usualy put the jake next to 1 of the hens and place the other hens off to the side. A jake decoy has worked really well for me, but the only problem I have had is with the OLD MATURE TOMS. I worked one last year that just wouldn't come into the spred & I think it is b/c he didn't want to fight with the jake. Another time I had 3 toms (3 year old birds) come in and they just tore up the jake decoy.
 

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sometimes i don't use any decoys but when i do i usually like to have a jake and two hens facing away from me and the jake facing me that way if all goes like planned the tom will be either face to face with the jake or coming up around the back of the hens. either way, he's facing away from me. featherflex and buckwing is what i currently have.
 

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How about blinds.....Do any of you use blinds? or just sit really still?
 

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no blind for me unless its pouring rain or I have a young one with me that can't set still.

However, I have one or two spots that I build "blinds" every year out of cedar limbs and logs that I hunt in known roosting areas.
 

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I like to scout out an area and build a couple of natural ground blinds and also this year I will set up a couple of pop-up blinds early just in case of rain or young one as well.......my t-vest has a good back rest so i can sit just about any where in great comfort.
 

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I use feather flex decoys also. I use at least 2 hens up to 4. Never had much luck with a Jake decoy. I will set them up in front of me one on the left, one on the right and one or two in the middle. I set them up in a V formation, at 10, 12, and 2 O'clock. Any where from 10 to 25 yards.
 

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I have a whole flock of FeatherFlex decoys, but in the last few years, I've only carried one or two of the hen dekes with me. I've found that jake decoys occasionally intimidate gobblers, so I don't even mess with them anymore in the spring. They do; however, work great in the fall.

As for blinds, I use mine mostly in the late morning and afternoon (legal in Iowa). They work great if you know where to set them up. Turkey's have no clue...even if they're set up out in the open. In the early mornings, I prefer to stay more mobile.
 

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So, It looks like FeatherFlex it is!

Thanks guys..this is all real good info and will help out alot.
 

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I dont personally like featherflex, have used them in the past.. They may have gotten better since I stoped using them but they were made of foam, and after a year or two started cracking and what not.. I now use avery, only hens, have two of them... seems like the birds in my area dont like to be intimidated.. had no luck at all using a jake in the mix so i dont use it any more.. I personally only like the rubberized dekes, i can leave them rolled up all year and season rolls around and pop back into shape with no probs at all
 

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Originally posted by Rebelcj7
I dont personally like featherflex, have used them in the past.. They may have gotten better since I stoped using them but they were made of foam, and after a year or two started cracking and what not.. I now use avery, only hens, have two of them... seems like the birds in my area dont like to be intimidated.. had no luck at all using a jake in the mix so i dont use it any more.. I personally only like the rubberized dekes, i can leave them rolled up all year and season rolls around and pop back into shape with no probs at all
Rebel, when those feather flex dekes start breakin down, take yo' ol' ladies blowdryer to em, perks em right up....You can see it sealing up the foam making it more rigid again....It works, try it!!!
 

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Originally posted by fireman_3311
Originally posted by Rebelcj7
I dont personally like featherflex, have used them in the past.. They may have gotten better since I stoped using them but they were made of foam, and after a year or two started cracking and what not.. I now use avery, only hens, have two of them... seems like the birds in my area dont like to be intimidated.. had no luck at all using a jake in the mix so i dont use it any more.. I personally only like the rubberized dekes, i can leave them rolled up all year and season rolls around and pop back into shape with no probs at all
Rebel, when those feather flex dekes start breakin down, take yo' ol' ladies blowdryer to em, perks em right up....You can see it sealing up the foam making it more rigid again....It works, try it!!!
Great tip... thanks.. ill have ta dig em out of the closet and try that out..
 

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I just read a tip that I hadn't heard before. With the Featherflex decoys and a windy day, put some rocks in the tail to keep it from swinging around too much.

Also a couple of sticks on either side of the tail will work too.
 
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