definatley cool to do it yourself if thats what you enjoy!I guess it's more of a personal choice with me. This year with being new to Ohio, I just grabbed my $10 decoys I got at Dick's and had a jake attack my jake decoy for some time, maybe it was the same jake. Was your jake (real) all beat up? When I use a real turkey decoy I spend $50 tops and that's making it look all pretty. I dont buy a form, fake legs, or send out for a fake head. I use what everyone has laying around the house and put the bird I got to good use. As I dont use a strutting tom they are easy to do. I make standing or feeding decoys (jakes and hens). I treat the hide removing all the fat and tissue, let dry all the way, spray the inside and outside, and for the head I use a mold I made from a artifical head a long time ago, and paint the head using regular spray paint and paper. Every hunter has their way of hunting and for turkey hunting I have a blast. Like I said before I get 2-3 seasons out of a decoy before it gets used for coyote hunting. In fact the jake i got this year (1st Ohio Bird) will hopefully get me my first Ohio tom next year. Anyone can go buy a $100 decoy and say it's the best, but when you put time into harvesting and making your own decoy and then harvest another bird using it, that is the best feeling a hunter can get. Turkeys love'em.