What two things does an animal do in nature when it is scared??? 1 - Immediately Bolts 2 - Freezes (so it is not seen by the threat or so it can analyze the situation) WITH THAT BEING SAID, WHY ON EARTH DO YOU HUNT WITH DECOYS THAT MIMIC FEAR???? I love seeing the "lightbulb come on" every time I ask that question...lol.
I also love to ask, "If you walk out of Walmart and see 5 people frozen with their hands up in the air, are you going to go join the party?' Well.......that's exactly what you are asking your gobbler to do. haha
Actually setting up some hen decoys if you can get them to dip forward and down to look like a feeding movement it really works very well to bring in the larger Toms. I have been doing this for years and it honestly stops the boys from holding back they come right in looking for love with what the think are live birds, lol!
The Wind Drifter turkey decoys did the trick again on opening day for my daughter. Set up near a pond with the hope of catching some high mountain Merriam's coming into water. About 30 minutes before sundown, a group of 4 jakes and 2 toms came down to the water about 100 yards off. Two of the jakes immediately spotted the decoys and began to make their way over to us. The remaining four took a quick drink and ran to catch up with the two jakes.
As my daughter shifted into position, the two closest turkeys must have seen movement and started to get nervous. Which made all the others nervous. I can't say for certain, but I think the fact the turkeys saw the decoys continuing to act in a "normal" manner may have helped calm the nervous birds down a bit, and the entire flock continued towards us.
My daughter waited for the jakes to clear from the largest tom and dropped the hammer at 30 yards. (Yes, shotgun. She is not confident enough in her archery skills yet) The tom flopped into the pond and died. As soon as it dropped, my daughter made a quick fist pump and gave a quick "YES!!!" Made my day.
So thanks, again, to Ultimate Predator for a product that makes my daughter think I know what I am doing.
I will vouch for their effectiveness also. I bought a set of them last year and was successful right away with them. They work great!! Their customer service tops also. Thanks for such a great product Lance!!