duxrus wrote:Dont use decoys in thick areas.
I really can't say you should have done anything differently. Unfortunately, what you just described is sort of how it goes sometimes. Sounds to me like you were hunting a mature bird. Couple things though, since the ones we don't kill seem to be more memorable than the ones we do.
Generally speaking - I'd say you don't want to use decoys in heavy cover. ALSO and obviously this wasn't the problem here but it's certainly something to note - I find more and more people making this mistake:
Setting up for your own best field of vision isn't a good idea. Always set up with not only a back drop, but a screen in front too. Is it harder to see? YES. And GOOD. That extra cover isn't going to cost you a shot, it's going to keep the bird from seeing you. A modern turkey load thrown from a choke is going to kill the bird at an ethical distance passing through brush.