Turkey Hunting: To Sit or Git (Page 2)

There are two main schools of turkey hunting styles—”sit-n-call” and “run-n-gun.” But great hunters learn how to use both tactics.

Well, smiling Mr. Sumpter didn’t tell me the milo field was bigger than my hometown. For three days in this shotgun-only country I tried every trick in the book, including calling, crawling, decoying, “Fred Flintstoning” under a ground blind, ambushing and even the controversial walk-behind-a-decoy-and-look-like-an-idiot technique. (Don’t try this on public land!) The turkeys weren’t buying any of it, and even my buddy Tack Robinson, who was reared in a nest of wild turkeys from childbirth, couldn’t talk one out of its life. It became an obsession; me vs. these wretched field-lubbing turkeys, and they were definitely winning. But then, like it’d been sent straight from the gobbler gods, Tom’s advice rang in my head.

The following day I abandoned the field and set out to find some easier birds. Nearing noon I finally struck one up, cut the distance immediately then set up to call. It was classic combination tactics except for one detail: The gobbler had no desire to be a movie star. So I did what every dynamic hunter would do: I made my partner, Joe White, who is a better caller than me, do the calling. The huge gobbler finally came in as textbook as you can imagine, and Tom would be proud to learn that I didn’t miss this time. (You can watch it on “Browning’s The Best There Is” if you wish.) And I learned that I’m not even close to the best there is, nor will I ever master turkey hunting. In fact the opposite is true: Turkey hunting masters me, and that’s why I, too, remain hopelessly addicted.

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1 Response to Turkey Hunting: To Sit or Git (Page 2)

Tony Spina wrote:
April 18, 2012

Please go to to see how subject app supports turkey hunting.