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New to turkeys and have 2 questions:

1) How necessary are decoys?

2) Does quality "really" make any difference to the bird? Some of the really well done decoys are pretty expensive. I don't want to fork out $75-$100 if I don't have to. I've seen some on a half off sale at Dicks (3 for $20), but they definitely are not as good as the ones that are $35 and up (seams are more pronounced, colors not as vibrant).

Any help is appreciated!:)
 

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Decoys are not needed most of the time.
I only use them if I am in a blind and hunting with a Bow. Even then they probably aren't nessessary but I feel it's easier to get them to approach 'that big square thing' (blind).

I'd rather have the Gobbler come looking for the hen that it can't see.

They do have their place in the Turkey woods, but most guys rely on them ..WAY TO MUCH !
 

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I've seen some on a half off sale at Dicks (3 for $20),
Those foam pop out decoys are actually pretty good-just be sure to stuff teh tail with TP so it does not roll up on you.

But as to decoys in general, they make a real difference when a cagy old bird hangs up at 50/60 yards. The decoy gives them a sence of ease, and they generally come in and check things out-(and come into range).

If you run and gun-get a good portable hen decoy. But if you are hunting a fixed spot go for 3 + decoys with one immature tom in the group. That will realy draw in the contenders
 

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I wouldn't say they are absolutely necessary but they will help with a particularly stubborn bird. In my opinion, good calling is much more important than having a decoy. As far as quality, I refuse to pay $75 for a turkey decoy. The cheap $20 ones seem to work well for me and I honestly don't believe that the more expensive ones make that much of a difference.
 

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My $0.02

After most of this March feel good flocking behavior is over....a decoy will pull in lone birds on the prowl without so much as a yelp. Generally, when there are tons of birds around, and new unescorted hens are commonplace, calling is enough to lure in even the big old birds. Just don't keep yapping to him when he is in visual. Shut up and like GG says...let him come looking.

On terrain that has only a single defined flock, or worse just one or two babblers and a few hens, it is good to have a fold up rubber hen to deploy as you run and gun. These birds want you to show them the money. They are loners in big woods habitat. These are the wariest birds. Once they see the hen they often come skipping in or the boss will strut while underlings will peruse and dream. Occasionally, once they see the deke - they hang up and want the hen to come to them. If you wait them out and just low cluck once or twice they often break and come right in.
 

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Great advice from all and much appreciated![up]
 
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