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Talk Turkey Like a Champion

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Chris Parrish, two-time National Wild Turkey Federation Grand National Calling Champion, says all kinds of terrain come into play when you’re hunting wild turkeys, whether it’s big, open hardwood areas or broken terrain. The area you’re hunting affects how you should call because turkeys respond differently to calls depending on the landscape.

Parrish shares his techniques for hunting in big timber areas or when the weather is less than ideal, as well as how to get started using a mouth call.

“Remember when you’re hunting big timber areas, those turkeys will come from greater distances and oftentimes those areas are very open and the turkeys can see from a long distance so you have to set up farther away. But with broken woodlots, you have to get closer in before you set up and call.”

Photo by: National Wild Turkey Federation

Shannon Rikard is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for conservation and wedding and portrait photography. The Archery Trade Association and National Wild Turkey Federation have published her work. A self-professed word geek, she enjoys Wheel of Fortune, crossword puzzles, and finding a dynamite synonym to illustrate any point. After starting her career in public relations with a national conservation organization, she ventured out on her own with Copper Door Studios.