Sixteen years ago two gentlemen lost nearly everything they had—material possessions, marriages, living quarters—because they were chasing a dream. It was a dream that eventually came true and cracked the lid open on a whole new world of opportunities for hunters everywhere. That dream was Double Bull Blinds, invented by Brooks Johnson and Keith Beam.
Double Bull Blinds, now owned by Primos, have helped to fill countless freezers and walls with meat and trophies since 1995. But it’s arguable that, out of all creatures, wild turkeys have seen the brunt of the death-dealings from the open windows of the grave-digging ground blinds.
Brooks is the kind of guy who doesn’t rest at night without knowing he can wake up to conquer something new—especially when it comes to revolutionary undertakings in the camouflage brotherhood.
Guess who’s ready to make another mark on the turkey hunting scene? Brooks … and he means business. This time it’s all about building the “Best Turkey Decoy.”
This go-around he won’t be eating crumbs in the back of an archery shop while sleeping on an air mattress. He’s learned his lessons, gained his reputation, and enlisted an all-star team to create the highest quality, most affordable aggressive jake decoy in the industry—at least that’s the goal. “Instead of starting a new company with a new turkey decoy, what we’ve done is gathered a bunch of people with a bunch of skill sets to create a product that everyone can benefit from,” Brooks said.
“To tell you the truth, I don’t know a hell of a lot about the carving process because I don’t have to,” said Brooks. That’s because he’s got world-renowned wildlife artist and carver Dave Constantine working a basswood block like it’s nobody’s business. When Dave’s finished with “detailing” and painting the glamorous jake prototype, it’ll be time to get the first replica molds created.
So what about the molds? Perhaps you’ve heard of Dakota Decoys? Yep, Bill Willroth and his highly successful decoy company will be a central part of this effort to create the “Best Turkey Decoy,” which Dakota is currently referring to as their “X-treme Turkey” line of decoys.
So, let’s get to the point: When and where will they be available, and how much will they cost? Brooks says they’re hoping to have them on the market by February 2012, starting with smaller sporting goods stores, online retailers and eventually big-box retailers. The price should be between $80-100, depending on manufacturing and other costs.
You can follow the evolution of this turkey decoy at BestTurkeyDecoy.com.