Opinions vary about the best decoy for spring turkey hunting, as do the recommendations for the best setup. But whether they prefer a jake, hen, strutting tom or some other configuration, many hunters would agree that the more realistic the decoy, the better.

Aaron Warbritton explains some of the benefits of hunting with realistic decoys on the latest episode of Cabelas’ Spring Thunder.

“Realistic decoys can play a large part in getting birds to commit to your setup… my personal preference is hunting with a strutting decoy. We’ve bagged a ton of turkeys over the years using strutters.”

Photo credit: National Wild Turkey Federation

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Shannon Rikard
Shannon Rikard is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for conservation and wedding and portrait photography. The Archery Trade Association and National Wild Turkey Federation have published her work. A self-professed word geek, she enjoys Wheel of Fortune, crossword puzzles, and finding a dynamite synonym to illustrate any point. After starting her career in public relations with a national conservation organization, she ventured out on her own with Copper Door Studios.