COMPETITION CALLING VERSUS CALLING DURING A HUNT
NOTE: Chris Parrish of Centralia, Missouri, has
entered turkey-calling contests for 19 years and has hunted wild turkeys
for 24 years. The winner of five Grand National Turkey Calling Championships,
four World Turkey Calling Championships, two Mid-American Turkey Calling
Championships, the U.S Open, 10 Missouri State Championships, two Illinois
State Championships and many regional titles, Parrish won the 2002 Mossy
Oak/World Turkey Calling Championship.
Chris, what is the difference between competition calling and calling
for a regular day of hunting?
ANSWER: When you're competition calling, you're actually calling to the
judges, and they're listening for mistakes. In a contest, you can't make
any mistakes in your calling, your rhythm or your cadence. However, in
the woods, hen turkeys make mistakes all the time. To win a turkey-calling
contest, you must have a flawless performance. But if you listen to turkeys
in the woods, you know that rarely will a hen turkey deliver a flawless
set of calls. When I'm hunting, I'll often put mistakes in my calling
sequence to sound more like a real turkey. Here's a look at how the calls
differ from when you give them in competition and how you modify them
when you hunt turkeys.
Competition Calling: When I give this call in a contest,
I want to give soft, subtle, monitone yelps with some watery-sounding
clucks that sound like a hen sitting on a limb talking before daylight.
During a Hunt Calling: I've noticed that there are multiple variations
of what a hen does when she's sitting on a limb talking before daylight.
* give soft clucks,
* yelp as loud as she will when she's standing on the ground,
* cluck and purr,
* cut and
give many of the same sounds that hens make after they fly down. When
I give a tree call while hunting, I'll either yelp or cluck excitedly
and softly. All I want to do while hunting is to let the gobbler know
I'm a hen turkey and let him decide where I'm located. I may sound like
two or three different hens and give a couple of various forms of tree
calls when I'm hunting. I'll even change calls to sound like more than
one turkey sitting on a limb.
TOMORROW: CLUCKING AND YELPING