Building a better turkey decoy turns into business, Flatline Your Bird - petsitterbank

Building a better turkey decoy turns into business, Flatline Your Bird

Darrell Bartel, a former Green Bay resident now residing in Waupaca, had an idea. It all started years ago when he shot his first turkey. Because decoys are a must for most hunters, he purchased a tail-mounting decoy kit that he thought was confusing and ineffective.

“It was a little bit of a process and difficult to assemble,” Bartel explained. “Later, when I was hunting with a buddy, I saw that he was using a mounted turkey fan as a decoy. This was a new technique to me, but it was a decoy tactic that old-time turkey hunters have been using for decades.”

Intrigued by this type of decoy, Bartel got busy in his shop. He began to perfect the process of creating a dual-purpose turkey decoy. It could be displayed as a wall mount, and then, with the addition of a galvanized steel stake, converted into a hunting decoy. He christened it “Jake’s Tail Holder” and started a hobby business in 2002.

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