To be successful, hunters need to understand the behavior of the wild turkey.
Don’t let this bird out-psyche you! Remember, he has a brain the size of a walnut.
Maybe, with lots of repetition, you might even start to believe it!
These fine feathered fowl don’t have a morsel of curiosity in their entire beings! If they become concerned about a sound, they leave — immediately.
Turkeys have sharp eyes and big mouths. It’s the big mouth that usually lands him/her on your dinner table.
I believe turkeys were the ones that created “Twitter” — they are very social and want everyone to know what they are doing. 😉
Our fine friends make a variety of noises that are understood by their companions. Let’s talk about a few of the basic ones.
Yelp – An important sound, especially during spring turkey hunts. Both gobblers and hens yelp; in the spring, hens use the yelp to attract the guys.
Tree Yelp or Call – This call comes from the hen while she’s still roosted. Hunters use this call early in the morning. It is not really different from the regular yelp; however, it is a softer call.
Kee-Kee – This is a favorite of the juveniles and is also known as a whistle. Although mostly heard in the fall, hunters often use it successfully to lure a ‘big boy’ in the spring!
Clucks – All turkeys cluck; they just vary the tone and loudness. This is known as social chit-chat and a great way to call another turkey.
Cackle – Hens are the masters of this call and they use it while flying up and down from a roost. This is a difficult one to do well; most hunters learn the cutt call instead. Hens use this call when they are on the ground
All turkeys purr. The sound is soft and shows contentment.
Alarm Putt – At the first sign of danger, this is the call a turkey uses to warn others.
Lend Me Your Ears!
I didn’t waste time describing the sounds of each of these because I have something better. The National Wild Turkey Federation has a site complete – with sound effects. Take a listen here: http://www.nwtf.org/special_events/calling_contest_turkey_calls.html
Come back for more exciting revelations about this beautiful, sneaky bird!
Coming up: Mating Behaviors, Things a Hunter can do Preseason, Jakes and Hens: Should You or Shouldn’t You Shoot Them?
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