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The gobbler was 75 yards away and moving our way fast through the spring woods. He was fixated on Henrietta, my hen decoy, and seemed committed to a quick romantic dalliance with her.

The longbeard was almost within shooting range when the hunter in front of me asked, rather loudly: "Is it time to shoot?"

The gobbler heard the human voice, hit the skids, hung an immediate hop to the left, ducked behind a tree, and quickly disappeared from sight. He was as lost as last year's Easter egg from that time on. I was never able to locate that bird again.

Granted, turkey season is still over a month away, but savvy sportsmen are planning strategies now. Knowing the benefits of solitary hunting can be an important factor in hunting success.

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