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Jake Decoys Work

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!

Once this big guy saw the eyes of my jake, he came in running and actually gouged the rubber!
Once this big guy saw the eyes of my jake, he came in running and actually gouged the rubber!

About jeff rawlinson

Jeff is the Education Manager in the Communications Division with Game and Parks where he has worked for the last 15 years. He oversees the Hunter Education, Boater Education, Hunter Outreach and Shooting Range Development for the Commission and is a devout hunter, angler, wildlife viewer, naturalist, father and husband. He holds a BS and MS from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He has been a Hunter Education Instructor for over 20 years, NRA firearms instructor and range officer, National Archery in the Schools Program Archery Instructor Specialist and member of the National NASP Board, sits on the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Hunter Recruitment and Retention Committee and Education Committee. Jeff is an avid handgun hunter, loves to chase turkeys in the spring, squirrel hunting enthusiast and philosopher of the outdoors. He is an avid shooter and loves to spend outdoor time with family and friends. He has a passion for exciting others about the outdoors. A history buff, Jeff is a strong supporter of our North American Model of Conservation and tries to spread the message of its importance and relevance every chance he gets.

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