I'm a skeptic at heart. Always have been and probably always will be. I need to see it and experience it first hand for it to be true for me. I've seen these YouTube videos of guys crawling out using a fan to hunt turkeys. I've seen it but I was still skeptical. Our friends at Montana Decoy came out with the "The Fanatic" which is a realistic 3D fan perfect for crawling out at a tom. It even has a mesh see through area to help you stay concealed.
I recently hunted with my good friend Bryan Ballard at Kiowa Creek Outfitters in Oklahoma as Bryan attempted to take his first ever rio. The guys at Kiowa Creek are experts at fanning and I was truly blown away as I saw it in person for the first time. I was running camera the first time the fan was brought out. The picture show the guys literally crawling down a fence line right at a big bird. In a day and a half we were able to kill four turkeys all with the help of a fan.
I recently witnessed it work again when some birds hung up and wouldn't walk through some tall grass. Staffer Paul Powers broke out the Fanatic and helped our buddy Wes Ashworth take his first ever bird at 25yds. How in the world can two grown men crawl within 25yds of 5 longbeards in the wide open?
"I think the sight of a strutting tom coming at them is just more than a dominate long beard can stand. It really is amazing how well it works." said CJ Davis, president of Montana Decoy. "Fanning or reaping turkeys, when done safely in an area you know no other hunters are present, can be an amazing tool to take a tom that won't respond to calling or normal decoy tactics."
"Our Fanatic is the perfect tool for reaping or fanning as you can carry it with you all the time without any trouble since it folds down so small but doesn't sacrifice any realism. The view thru screen and special handle/leg pole makes using it a breeze." Davis went on to say. I'm sold as I have seen it first hand. To order your "Fanatic" from Montana Decoy CLICK HERE.