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Real Fan Carrying?
I used a real fan in a Primos Fan holder (plastic that folds into four).
How do you carry real fans while hunting so the feathers don’t get all mangled?
Or why do you carry real vs fake. The turkeys won’t know and fake are easier requiring no special handling
Tried leaving the fan in the blind and the pack rats consumed it.
Bou, there is a giant difference between real and fake, especially when the sun is up ;-)
I made a cardboard cutout to fit around the fan its a bit bulky but fits in my dsd bag with the decoys! When I get to my setup I take the fan out and attach it to the decoy. Other than that I have several extras for when they get too beat up.
I don’t protect mine. I figure the rattier it looks, the other birds must figure that my decoy must get beat up a lot, so they’re less intimidated by him.
A lot of turkey hunting is a mental game!
I carry mine by hand .. Jake fan, it has seen several years .... still works .. .. this was this morning ..... Tom gobbled 7-10 times 200 yds to my Sw, flew down, shut up... then went to the Sw with a few FU gobbles and shut up for good .. I think he was following hens .. this was between 5:40 am and 8:30 ... not one gobble after, no matter what calls I tossed at him
I carry mine by hand also. As they get older they will fold up like the fake one does and then you can carry them in your game pouch
Nothing turns whacky toms on like a real fan...especially if there is movement with them!
I usually am on the move,,,, I have 3 tags now,,,, I usually use my umbrella trick, if I need to close in....... as far as sitting in a blind, I don't know, I have used both,,,,,
I do not think them birds are as sharp as we think, at time, and at times, they get screwy but merriams are not the sharpest bird in the box, that is for sure
Small fan I have fits right in the sack on the back of my vest
I carry mine in my DSD bag with my Jake and hen decoy and when it gets to ugly to use I replace the feathers. It will last 3 to 4 years this way .