Talkin Turkey

Turkey hunting is some of the most challenging and dangerous types of hunting in America.

Turkey hunting is dangerous because it’s the hunting season with the highest incidents of negligent gunshot wounds. A complacent or excitable hunter, hearing turkey talk coming from a bush or a place where they cannot positively identify the source of the noise, will irresponsibly unload their gun at the noise. More hunters are killed and wounded by other hunters during turkey season, than any other season.

Turkey season, is one of the very few hunting seasons where full camouflage is permissible. No safety colors required.

You blend into your surroundings.

The challenging aspect of hunting turkeys, is that turkeys are incredibly smart and have extremely powerful eyesight and hearing. Turkeys talk to one another and they can alert each other and they can also have conversations.

Turkeys are also impressively armored. Their dense coat of feathers has been know to repel shot. (Shot is the term for the shot, contained in the shot-shell that a shotgun shoots)

So, you gotta blend in, you gotta talk the talk and you gotta get close enough to properly identify the turkey and you gotta be within the effective range. That is a lot to take into account. You must be patient and still for hours, in the damp cold.

When you’re calling in turkeys, your calling in a Tom.

Your call will either mimic a rival Tom or a lost Hen. The hens always follow the Tom. One Tom and any number of hens.

When you run to the sound of a rival or of a damsel in distress, more than likely, you could be rushing to irreversible failure.

Then again, the turkey you think you are calling in, could actually be a rival hunter.

You don’t know until you know.

The question is, how much are you willing to lose to find out?

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71 thoughts on “Talkin Turkey

  1. My ex’s parents lived way out in the country and there were wild turkeys at the edge of the woods behind the house. It was fun to watch them.
    The in-laws would let deer hunters use the land but that’s it. I dont think they ever hunted those turkeys either, now that I think about it🤔

  2. Wow, I never knew any of that. I’ve never been on any hunting trip in me life. Last time I had turkey, I became sick, so I ain’t touching it again.

      1. Possibly. It could be all the chemicals and other stuff they put into the meat these days. If I can get a turkey that is clean, a.k.a. doesn’t have all the GMO stuff they put in, then I’ll know for sure.

        1. bottomlesscoffee007

          Meh, to be honest. I couldn’t care less about turkey or Syria or the Kurds or the Christians. I have my own problems and life to deal with.

            1. bottomlesscoffee007

              I did. But that’s like feeling bad when a white person is killed. Sure, it’s horrible, but I really didn’t know them.

              I find it funny that suddenly people care about Christians. Only when it’s convenient.

              Didn’t the same thing come up in Obama’s presidency, it didn’t seem like the media was too concerned about the Christians then. They (the government) was prioritizing the Muslims at that point.

              1. Marleen

                I’m not sure what you’re trying to say. I’m mainly concerned about the Kurds, who helped us and trusted us (and, incidentally, have been guarding captured ISIS/ISIL individuals/terrorists, thousands). There are Christians I know of (from America) who went to hang out with them, help them medically (supposedly no one was helping them medically) and with some basic needs — and preach/teach/witness, whatever words they preferred. One of the main leaders was a slobbering Trump fan. What now?

                1. bottomlesscoffee007

                  Yeah, politics and business as usual. Are we to be the world police or are we to right every wrong? Where should we get all the funds and resources needed to fight injustice and atrocities?

                  1. Marleen

                    I certainly do not think we should be all over the world. I also don’t think we should be traitors. Actually, it’s Trump who is the traitor today — because of his business interests in Turkey (and elsewhere across the globe despite all the Christian anti-globalism).

                    1. bottomlesscoffee007

                      Sure, the question then is, do you have any products in your house that are from anywhere else in the world? Or is everything you own 100% made in America

                    2. Marleen

                      I’m not anti-global. The thing is we’ve been set up in ignorance. No rules. No government. America first, American exceptionalism. Vote with God.

                    3. Marleen

                      It’s interesting, isn’t it, that it was bad to back off during the Obama administration. But it’s good now, huh?

                    4. bottomlesscoffee007

                      Who abandoned the Kurds in northern Iraq following Desert Storm, was it H.W. Bush or Clinton?

                    1. All of what you said is on point. This sudden concern for Kurds has been manufactured by the lying lame-stream media to attack Trump. These idiots are SO transparent…and I’m not even a Trump fan.

                    2. bottomlesscoffee007

                      Wait…the same intelligence and media that told us about WMDs? Or the same scientists and media that developed the Food Pyramid?

                    3. Marleen

                      Just go ahead and be anti-whatever you see in the media. There have been Christian ministries making the public aware of the Kurds for years. It’s not sudden. What is sudden is the betrayal. But Trump is making personal money. What’s the real religion of Americans?

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      They are a tough animal. Although, boar will charge, whereas turkey hunting, you are at a higher risk of getting injured or killed by a fellow hunter.

      At the end of the day, I’m just a guy, trying to get a bird.

        1. bottomlesscoffee007

          Nope, I’m a horrible hunter. I don’t go out enough to do my homework. I’ve tried, but more or less on a sporadic basis.

          1. I’ve never hunted at all, myself. My area has a lot of them, up in the northern part of the county. Here, lately, they have been busy trying to control the coyotes. They are everywhere.

                    1. bottomlesscoffee007

                      It’s always about money, it always has been and always will be. The people who support gun control do so because once the populace is disarmed, then taxation will be much easier to enforce. The reason people support more taxes is because they believe they will never be the ones who are taxed at a higher rate.

                    1. bottomlesscoffee007

                      Meh, I got a mortgage to worry about. I can’t be worried about everyone else in the world, if I got my own struggles.

                    2. Marleen

                      WSJ reported: “Erdogan’s security detail clashed with journalists and anti-Erdogan protestors gathered outside a D.C. think tank…

                      “Mr. Erdogan‘s team removed a Turkish reporter from the event [inside], triggering threats from the organizers to cancel the Turkish president’s speech [there].”

                    3. bottomlesscoffee007

                      Yeah, and schools are having parents separated from their own kids. Pandemonium no matter where you look. Elementary school kids are being taught about homosexuality in Chicago.

                    4. Marleen

                      Does the word turkey/Turkey somehow coordinate with that? The trivia about turkey hunting was important to know about, even though you don’t hunt.

                    5. bottomlesscoffee007

                      To be honest, I had no idea about Syria when I wrote it. More or less, understand that when you think you’re talking to a turkey, you could be inviting the bullets of a rival hunter.

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