Turkey Hunting: Second That Emotion

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The art of negotiation is a trait that most people either possess or they don’t.  Those that are fortunate to have that trait likely have it engrained in their DNA from birth, and those that lack it can attend every school and seminar they want to try to attain it and not be able to do so.  What usually separates those from can negotiate and those that cannot is asking for what you want and drawing a hard line in the sand on the matter.  Ask, and you shall receive.

People that ask and receive what they want typically are good communicators.  They know how to get their point across, and tend to do so with emotion in their dialect.  If someone lacks that pleading quality in their tone, the other party may not think they are serious or that the matter at hand does not mean much to them.

Just like people, turkeys also have certain desires and express those desires via their calling.  If you ever hear a hen turkey yelping, you can distinctly tell when she is yelping with emotion or not.  Have you ever heard a gobbler answer a hen that sounds like she’s having a bad day?  I’m sure you have, but not with the same regularity as one who is begging for that gobbler to show up.  Simply put, if you want to kill more turkeys, you have to learn to “get emotional” with them.

“Calling with emotion is important, because just as we use inflection in our voice to get a point across, hens do as well,” said Matt Van Cise of Brookville, Pa., one of the more dominant callers on today’s’ calling circuit who is the 2013 Grand National and World champion caller.  “Whether it be contentment style calls such as clucks and purrs or excited yelps, hens have emotion in how they communicate with other turkeys.  Hunters have to learn how to call with emotion, and more importantly, be able to read each situation and respond to what the gobbler is needing at that particular moment.  When I call with emotion, I am trying to convince the gobbler that the hen is ready to breed and wants him to come meet her.”

Sadler McGraw of Camden, Alabama, is the 2012 World Champion Caller, and agrees that emotional calling is a by-product of being realistic.  “Sounding like a real hen is very important, especially when calling with emotion.  The only way to be proficient in doing so is to listen to real turkeys, whether it be in the wild or via a recording.  If you are trying to learn a foreign language such as Chinese, you would not want to learn it from someone who is fluent in German.  Listen to the real thing and do not rely on your hunting partner to give you pointers on how you sound.”

Like McGraw, Van Cise has spent countless hours listening to real turkeys and perfecting on his calling based on what he hears.  “It is very hard to explain how I get excitement out of a call, but it is certainly a by-product of listening to wild turkeys.  I have been blessed to have a better understanding of how a turkey communicates than most people do.  While most are concentrating on the sound in general, I am listening to the note-to-note variations and the way a wild turkey flows from one note to the next.  Every note should build off the one before it.”
Wild Turkey Report Staff
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