Provided By: Brian Stephens, Co-Host of Ultimate Bowhunting TV
In a previous review I shared with you the Avian-X LCD Feeder Hen Decoy. This lifelike hen decoy has many realistic features to attack the weariest of gobblers this spring, from her "no-flake" paint scheme, true-to-life body posture, incredible feather detailing and realistic eyes. In this review we will be discussing the Avian-X Strutter Decoy. This gobbler decoy will be a great addition to your turkey arsenal when you want to create that set up that will drive longbeards crazy.
Similar to the other Avian-X decoys, the Strutter Decoy has a true-to-life body posture, incredible feather detailing, and a revolutionary "no-flake" paint scheme, the Strutter is hard to tell apart from the real thing. The Strutters's non-aggressive pose makes the decoy attractive to both dominant and subdominant gobblers, while its size keeps it non-threatening and portable. This is a really nice feature to help bring in a solo gobbler that you might encounter later in the season.
The Strutter is made from a rugged Dura-Rubber, the LCD (Lifelike Collapsible Decoy) folds tightly and fits easily into a turkey vest, yet won't crease or dent like earlier folding decoys. Realistic motion comes via a unique one-piece folding stake system that allows for ample movement but prevents the unnatural 'spin' common with lighter decoys. The 24-inch stake assures the LCD sits higher, increasing the decoy's visibility even during the late season.
Personally, I like to carry the Strutter in the carrying bag that comes with the decoy, especially when I am on the move. The nice thing about these decoys is they do not make any noise like plastic-style decoys. This becomes especially critical when you have several decoys in a bag when you are hustling to get to a location and set up. Many times I am running to go get set up and the last thing I need are two decoys banging together making noise. These decoys are silent due to their rubber material.
Let’s think about a real scenario. On a previous hunt, I located a tough-to-hunt bird the evening before. I decided to get in close to his roost the next morning to set up, so I could catch this bird as he came down and slipped away. On this hunt, I was not using the Avian-X decoys but other plastic-style decoys. While these decoys looked good, they were noisy when I was trying to set up (getting them out of the bag in the dark). This bird came off the roost and high tailed it away from us. BUSTED!
With these Avian-X decoys, I get to my set up and pull them out. I then put them on the stake and I am ready to go. Where I do find the collapsible feature important is when I am traveling on an airplane. I can pack them in my travel bag where they do not take up a lot of space. This year, I will be chasing my second turkey slam with a bow in a single season. This will require me to travel on a plane to multiple states. The Strutter, Breeder Hen, and Feeder Hen Decoys will be with me on every hunt.
The Strutter Decoy comes with a collapsible fan that you place on the back of the decoy. This is very easy to do. If you have a real fan, you can use it as well to add additional realism to your set up. You can see both examples (pictures shown). No matter if you are hunting on the ground, out of a blind, or bowhunting your turkeys, Avian-X has a decoy that will allow you to customize your set up from the Feeder and Breeder Hens, Jake Decoy and now the Strutter Decoy. You can ask the most seasoned turkey hunters, there is no one “silver bullet” decoy set up. You have to adjust your decoys and scenarios to what the birds are doing and want. Just like you need to have a variety of turkey calls to “strike the tone” that gobbler wants to hear on that day.
While there are a lot of decoys on the market to choose from Avian-X has answered the needs of many turkey hunters with their line up of decoys. The realism of these decoys and their ability to be transported silently from one set up to another is key to an effective decoy. We bowhunt our turkeys, so we need those hens and gobblers to come within 20-30 yards for a shot. All of these realistic body features create such a curiosity that hens and gobblers have to come in and investigate, giving you a close gun or bow shot.
To learn more about the new Avian-X Strutter decoy, visit www.Avian-X.com.