Montana Decoy Miss Purr-Fect 3D Turkey Hen Decoy Review
Russ Chastain 04.01.19
Turkey hunting is known for being tough, with wary old gobblers often refusing to come to a hunter’s calls… especially if the gobbler doesn’t actually see another bird. That’s where decoys come in, and many hunters use decoys with great success. Up for review this time is a nice-looking and versatile decoy that should fool a wary gobbler: The Miss Purr-Fect 3D turkey hen from Montana Decoy.
As I noted in my review of Montana Decoy’s Deer Rump, the company uses detailed photographs for their decoys. In the case of Miss Purr-Fect, they added an internal coil spring and other thoughtful features to add dimension and realism to the photo-printed fabric.
The decoy collapses into a compact package, secured by the included black criss-cross strap.
The strap holds it securely, along with the pole/stake.
When stowed, the decoy is roughly 11 inches long, 8 inches wide, and 3 inches thick.
To deploy the decoy, release the plastic buckle and slip the decoy out of its strap harness.
The internal coil spring will automatically expand the decoy to full size.
The decoy has two layers of fabric, and the outer layer is cut to give it a “feathery” texture.
On the bottom of the decoy are two holes, one on either side of an elastic band. They say to slip the folding steel stake — no more broken plastic decoy stakes (but see update at the end of this article) — into the front hole for a more upright stance, or the rear hole for a feeding position.
After you slip the stake into the proper hole/sleeve, stretch the elastic band and hook it around the “leg” that sticks out to the side from the stake.
Somehow, I expected a more upright stance than this. After all, they call this “the looker pose.”
The decoy can pivot on the stake
The head is somewhat posable, with an internal wire that can be bent.
When I moved the stake to the other hole for the “feeder pose,” there wasn’t much difference. The instructions on the Amazon sales page say “you can remove the elastic band from the leg pole to gain a couple more inches on the forward lean.” Being able to bend the head down helps some.
Finally, you can set Miss Purr-Fect directly on the ground without the stake for the “breeder pose,” in hopes of luring in a randy ol’ tom.
Miss Purr-Fect really does look great, and seems to be well-made (albeit in China). My only quality concern is with the wire inside her neck, which is bent each time you stow the decoy and each time you pose it. Will that wire stand the test of time? I sure hope so.
I expected a bigger difference between the feeder and upright poses, but you can experiment by varying the angle of the stake in the ground as well as trying it with & without the elastic strap hooked to the stake. And again, the pose-able head makes a big difference in making these stances look more realistic.
Something I noticed right away was the weight… Miss Purr-Fect is quite a bit heavier than those funky foam decoys. Together with the steel stake, she weighs in at 21 ounces, or 1.3 pounds.
Speaking of the stake, having a robust steel stake (which is foldable and uses a shock cord to secure the two sections together) is a great advantage over plastic stakes, which are just about worthless in hard ground and which are much more fragile than steel.
One caveat is that the strap, used to contain the decoy when you stow it, seems a bit smaller than it should be. It’s not easy to slip it over the decoy while you hold that spring, and I think that’s one reason the outer fabric of my decoy is already slightly torn.
All in all, I think Montana Decoy has done a nice job on Miss Purr-Fect and I’m happy to say she’s earned a place among my turkey hunting gear… and that’s saying something, because space is limited in the Avian-X Rundown sling pack I’ll be testing this season in lieu of a full-on turkey vest.
You can pick up a Miss Purr-Fect Turkey Hen Decoy at Amazon for about $47.
UPDATE — while attempting to push the stake into the ground on the 5th day of a recent hunt, the side peg broke off the stake and went flying, never to be seen again. Needless to say, this was a great disappointment. I’ll contact Montana Decoy and update this review with whatever action they take.