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For Spring Gobblers… Eddie Salter says Never Give Up

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Eddie Salter is one of the best turkey hunters and the grandest gentleman the South has ever produced.  As a two-time world champion turkey caller, he’s as adept in the woods as he is in competition.  Usually, when Salter talks turkey, it’s no contest for a Sunday dinner, yet even the best hunters and callers have a bad week and this Alabama native minces no words:

th[6]I had this famous outdoor writer coming to Evergreen, Alabama, where I live, to hunt with me. This fellow was writing a book on turkey hunting for the Outdoor Life Book Club. He wanted to hunt with and interview all the well-known turkey hunters and callers of the day for his book. Before the hunt, I’d secured permission to hunt what I considered to be some of the best turkey lands in Alabama. These lands had so-many turkeys on them, a 5-year-old could hunt with a box call and a stick and probably kill a turkey. I thought I could get this writer a turkey within half a day.

DSC_0196One of the reasons I like turkey hunting so much is I never know what will happen. For 4 days straight, from daylight to dark, we went to every place I knew and never heard a gobble. However, we did spot one skinny jake. The writer said, “That bird won’t do for photography.” I was completely frustrated. I had been everywhere on all this good turkey-hunting property to find this fellow a turkey and struck out. I had walked this guy so far that he’d nearly worn-out the soles on his boots. We had started on a Monday, and the writer only could hunt until noon on Friday. I kept telling him, “Don’t give up, we’ll get a turkey.” But that hadn’t happened… Link to http://www.mossyoak.com/our