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Get Ready For Turkey Season Now

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February 27, 2013
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Wild Turkey in ClearingTurkey season opens in my state of South Carolina April 1.

The night before opening day is when most of the turkey hunters at my camp break out last year’s turkey calls, getting ready for the morning hunt. They squawk for a while on their calls and want to know why they do not sound very good.

The answer is, they need to start practicing a little earlier. Here are a few tips that will help you become a better caller:

  • Start practicing now. The sooner, the better.
  • Buy a DVD with actual turkeys doing the calling. “Real Strut Talk” from Hunter’s Specialties has some good turkey sounds recorded.
  • Videotape yourself calling. You will find out just how good or how bad you sound.
  • Try different calls. A couple of my favorites are H.S. Strut Cutting 2.5, E-Z rasp and Split V. Look these up at
  • Don’t forget the friction calls. Most people sound way better with a friction call than they do with a diaphragm call. A slate call, glass call or box call is hard to beat in the woods.
  • Get advice. Every turkey hunter knows someone who calls better than they do. Ask for some help. Something very simple may make all the difference in the world with your calling.
  • Confidence. Once you gain confidence in your calling, you will become a better turkey hunter. The more you sound like a real hen, the more productive hunter you will be.
  • Attend a National Wild Turkey Federation-sanctioned turkey calling contest in your area. Go to to find a contest near you.
  • Put the time in. Spend as much time listening to wild turkeys in the woods as you possibly can.

Remember, turkey season is just around the corner. Practice! Practice! Practice! Hopefully these tips will help you improve your calling.

by Steve Cobb

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Steve Cobb

Home: Union, South Carolina
(wife) Becky, (son) Michael
hunt, fish and play sports
Rifle / Bow:
Rifle, Shotgun, Muzzle loader, Crossbow and Bow

Hunting Stuff

Years Hunting: Been hunting 37 years
Favorite Technique:
Run and gun wild turkeys and still hunt whitetail deer
Hunting Strength:
Being patient in the woods. I let things happen as they normally would
Favorite Game to Hunt: Turkey
Favorite Hunting Gear:
Redhead clothing in Realtree AP always
Favorite Places to Hunt
South Carolina but make a trip to hunt whitetails in Ohio every fall
Favorite Season to Hunt:
Turkey season
Favorite Time to Hunt: Daylight until around lunch time
Favorite Way to Hunt: Deer would be early morning in a climbing stand watching the sun come up. Wild Turkey would be early morning, hear him gobble, get close as you can the set-up.

Career Highlights

Biggest Kill: I have killed several eastern turkeys with spurs 1 1/2 inches long. Those were pretty old turkeys for South Carolina.
Greatest Hunting Achievement: Taking handicapped individuals hunting.
Favorite Hunting Moment: I would have been with my son when he killed his first deer.

  • 7 Time South Carolina State Turkey Calling Champion
  • 75+ Calling competitions – won or placed
  • Very active with NWTF JAKES events, Women in the outdoors and Wheel-In sportsman evens
  • Currently on NWTF State Board in South Carolina
  • Speaker for numerous NWTF diamond life events all over the country


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