We have come a long ways with our decoys over the last ten years. 20 years ago we had a few hard body decoys and some foam critters that looked like a ginger bread cutout. They worked but when things went south, you always felt like it could have been the decoy. They just looked like lipstick on a pig!
Over the last few years, manufacturers have begun to figure out that the key to decoys is posture. Turkeys read a lot into posture. In fact, I would bet it is THE most important aspect of a decoy. Early jake decoys were too aggressive in my opinion. A strutting jake? Man that has got to be a bully! Jakes are not the defenseless little birds some would have you believe. I have watched them inflict pain on some of the biggest toms in the woods. Especially in gangs of three or more.
Today we have jake decoys in much more submissive postures. They are in a submissive false strut…signaling that they are too timid to strut in front of a tom. This seems to provoke incredible attacks from toms! These decoys don’t have to cost a ton of $ and I am here to tell you they work!