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Thinking about getting some DSD turkey decoys. Pretty pricey so I wanted to check on opinions of those who have tried them . So, what’s the verdict ? Did they seem worth that big price tag or not ? I’ve used el cheapo decoys in the past with ok results but they do seem to spook some birds later in the season .
I would pay double what they cost. They are the best decoys on the market and it's not even close IMO. Realism and durability is worth every penny. Get yourself a jake and an upright hen and you'll be good to go for the rest of your life.
Just like expensive broadheads! Gotta have em!
I agree also agree about the jake and upright hen if you just want what is absolutely necessary .
what brotsky said x100000000000
I'd pretty much ignore Brotsky and trkyslr's take on this- what do they know about turkey hunting anyway??? ;)
"link" to the last thread on this subject: http://forums.bowsite.com/tf/bgforums/thread.cfm?threadid=469574&messages=54&forum=14
Long story short. I had several gobblers last year walk right by my Avian X decoys and proceed to do very rude things to my DSD decoys.
I painted my own turkey on a black umbrella, and it works great,,,,,,, there are some commercial ones, but mine works just fine,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Let’s see a picture of the umbrella turkey?
T-roy had a few used ones for sale a couple weeks ago if you wanted to save a few bucks, shoot him a pm. Not sure if they are still available or not but worth a shot.
Still have a feeding hen, an upright hen and a breeder hen available. The info about them is on the Iowa forum.
They seem to be pretty good. I think it depends on where your hunting thou. I’ve used DSD in past. They work but I’ve never had birds come charging into the decoys like some guys.
Depends upon your method of hunting. If I sat in a blind all day and did a lot of gobbler hunting it would likely be worth the investment. If you only hunt turkeys a day or 2 a year it may not be worth it. I do a lot of running and "gunning" hunting and would rather not haul around a couple fairly large, bulky decoys. My preference is super light and compact decoys (miss perfect) that hardly take up any room in my pack and are super quick and easy to set up when needed. If DSD came out with a collapsible decoy I would certainly buy a couple because people that have them swear by them. As it sits, I don't have DSD's and harvest quite a few turkeys each year without them.
I love mine. Honestly I've had more success with these than any others. Well worth the money in my opinion.
Hunt Man I do not know how to post a picture,,,,, I am lucky I can do this,,,,,, I have a black umbrella, and in the center, I painted a white circle about 6 inches in diameter, and below that I painted a red half moon circle, on a horizontal,,,,, above that I painted the sections brown, and used one of my oil brushes, to feather in blacker lines and used another brush, for white tips..........
I never sit in a blind, I am always on the go
Super lite, I open umbrella, and walk at turkeys,,,,, I can fold and unfold, to make it look like it is moving and fanning,,,,,,, works pretty good,,,,,,,
Very interesting . Thanks for posting. Good luck this spring. I can’t wait. Hunt
That is interesting Ground Hunter. Turkeys can be both the smartest and the dumbest birds you'll ever hunt! I have no doubt something like that could work on them!
Never seen them smart. Seen them wary a bunch, though.
I guess it depends on the definition of "smart" and "wary"? I always had the opinion that if turkeys had the nose of a whitetail they would pretty darn tough to harvest.
Ground hunter something like that jus wuld not work on Northern California gobblers.. these gobblers are on a different hi level of edumication. Tuffest turkeys in america! ;-)
If you’re new to the site you just won’t understand hehe
I have 9 gobblers coming to my bird feeder during this harsh winter season and i can observe them from about 10 ft from my kitchen window... if i were to stick a DSD in the middle of them it would be hard to tell the difference.
"Never seen them smart. Seen them wary a bunch, though." While in my archery stand one October morn, Boss hen saw me climb in and sit down... some young-ins were in front some in back, she flew down off her roost and called each bunch so they would not hit the ground near my stand, she went out of her way to make them come to her call, i am convinced she strategically did that
Here is a video run down on the entire DSD turkey line up for 2018. I have no official affiliation with them, other than that I have been personal friends with them for a number of years now and have hunted with the guys as well. This video is just of all the decoys in one place.
Definitely worth the money to buy a high quality decoy and DSD are the best quality. You can have luck with the cheapest folding foam decoys, but you will have better luck and see more fun stuff with a high quality decoy. Your most valuable and probably limited expense of hunting is your time. Don't waste it. Avian X laydown hen is a good one too.
Jims...any animal that will keep trying to push themselves through a woven wire fence they could hop over, instead isn’t smart. But, since that same bird can see a guy totally camped lift his hand, then walk away, at 80 yards is wary. Good luck on those gobblin Einstein’s this spring, Slayer. Maybe this is the year you finally get one. ??????
I've got a DSD jake and two hens I'm kicking around the idea of selling. My way of thinking is more in line with Jims. Out here in AZ we have to run and gun and we move a lot. The Merriams out here are very nomadic and seem to travel long distances each day. Carrying around these decoys gets to be cumbersome after awhile. Even though these decoys are the most realistic decoys I have ever owned, I can't say I have called in any more turkeys than I did before I got them. Think I want to find a good collapsible hen & jake combo that will easily fit in my vest.
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Fooled this guy for a bit!
Best turkey decoys, hands down. They hold birds at the decoys, which is key for bowhunting them. You won’t be disappointed with them.
The decoys are so good that some guys like Pat have gone to shoot and release!
I ordered the breeding pair , will try when season starts
Knothead, you might give Miss perfects a look. They are super compact, quick to set up, and light weight for hauling long distances. It's also nice that you can move the head/neck to different positions. They work great as breeder hens, upright, or feeding and only cost around $40! I do an incredible amount of hiking each day and carry a couple miss perfects plus a reaper decoy with real fan. No need to haul around bulky, hefty full size decoys all day long! I keep saying this but if DSD came out with a decoy for those that hike a lot they wouldn't be able to keep them on their shelves!
They have always worked well for me.
Jim’s, I hike a lot and the DSD work fine.. I have no issues carrying a full spread over the hills in their carrying bag..
DSD are tremendous deeks, the best made, and are fine for the running and gunning type bowhunter (and gun hunter if you dont have the Indian skills). Been doing it for years and never had one slow me down or limit my distance :-)
Large decoys in a bag may work ok in mild, gentle country but you would likely think differently hiking a few "hills" all day long like in the background in this picture!
Here's another example of the country I hunt. It would be a fun hike from the bottom up to where I got this tom (in a walk in only area)!
Here's an example of a walk in only area in Nebraska. I hiked in from the other side of the far "hill" on the horizon to get this tom. It would likely be a challenge hunting, killing a tom, and then hauling a tom, bag with DSD's, shotgun/bow, and gear out of the hills in any of these situations?
I haven't seen the very latest decoys, but relatively recently I would have to say AvianX decoys seemed as good as my DSD decoys. The best was to put "turkey skins" on them.
But after using Montana Decoy's purr-fect hen with success last year, I'd probably be happy to sell all the others and go with purr-fect hen and jake, and maybe experiment more with Flextone's funky chicken/jake. All three so much easier to deal with, esp. for running and gunning. Montana's purr-fect decoys are really breakthrough products, and the funky chicken/jake may be also, time will tell.
Even though I'm a critic about hauling DSD's around for my particular style of hunting, DSD's are likely worth the investment if you do much blind hunting or hunting relatively close to roads. If I was spending lots of time sitting around decoys I would have faith that they are about the most realistic decoys....next to possibly real-life turkey skins mentioned in the post above!
Lol ok fill your head with your awesomeness if you must.. gentle rolling hills lmao.. I love when people talk without any knowledge as it results in them saying a lot of factual bs. Funny is you’ve said all this bs before on another thread and got shut down. Way to taint another thread with it. Good luck this season. Tell your cousin tbm hi!
Some of the stuff ya read on the interweb.................
I'm just stating facts on what has worked for me on heavily hunted public land in rough country in Colorado and Nebraska. There's a lot of guys on this website that don't have the luxury of hunting private land . I could care less about posting photos of toms I've harvested but was trying to press a point how rugged the country I hunt is and that it may take a bit more boot leather to be successful on heavily hunted public land. It's a lot easier accessing the type of country in the photos above with a less bulky and lighter load...that's pretty much all I'm saying. I wouldn't be too terribly excited about carrying a bag full of DSD's up those slopes...especially if I have to pack out a tom or 2! There likely aren't that many gobbler hunters that hunt that type of terrain or very far from a truck and DSD's likely work perfect! For those that do...I'm just suggesting there may be other options that likely work a little better!