There's nothing better than watching a bird dog work our native wild grouse, woodcock, or a covey of quail. Then there's the wild turkey. A wild turkey would rather run than fly. Turkeys don't fear dogs they can see. When they can't outrun the dog, they'll finally fly away, but not until the dog is about to catch their tail.
A turkey dog has to locate the flock with all their senses, using their eyes, ears, nose and brain, to pressure every single bird in the flock hard enough to force them to fly. These special dogs don't bark on the track, but they do on the flush.
Dogs trained for turkey hunting are probably the happiest of all canines.
A flock of wild turkeys flushing is something to see and hear. They're big, strong, fast and loud. And the only upland bird that can be called back to the gun. There's bird dogs, then there's turkey dogs. Meet the rarest bird dogs in the country - that hunt the grandest of all game birds:
“There are three paramount essentials in a bird dog - he must have a good nose; he must have brains to direct his nose; he must have the physical ability to carry his nose and brains around... Suppose we had bred Doughboy to Becky Broomhill and Becky should whelp six puppies... train two of them as wild turkey dogs... train two of them as shooting dogs... train two of them for the field trials...” M. D. Hart, Chief of Conservation, 9/25/1927
With all the different dogs shown, is there a certain standard for a turkey dog? Join the club and read the book.
Breeds shown include: Airedale, Boykin, Brittany Spaniel, Dropper, English, Feist, Gordon & Llewellin setters, English Cocker Spaniel, English pointer, Flat-Coated Retriever, German shorthair pointer, Golden Retriever, Greyhound, Irish Terrier, Labradors - Black, Yellow, Chocolate, Mountain Cur, Plott, Treeing Walker, Tri-Color Rough Collie, Vizsla, Wachtelhund, Wire Haired Pointing Griffon, Weimaraner, Whippet. Subscribe to the Turkey Dog News - Issued randomly 4 or 5 times a year.
|We buy young setters and pointers that run big and bark. If you have a young, mouthy dog that doesn't want to hold point, she/he might make a great turkey dog. Call 920-776-1272.|
a name for your dog.
"Since turkey dogs originated in Virginia and being southern reared myself, I use the Southern tradition of calling my dogs by their middle name. For convenience, they all have the same first name, so when I say: "Come, damnit", they all do.
It's especially charming to call them by their full name: Damnit Buster, Damnit Jenny, Damnit Jake, Damnit Patch or Damnit Princess. Sorta rolls off the tongue natural like. Makes a feller tear up 'n ask fer another mint julep." JW - Texas (where we name Beers after our dogs: Dammit Jim)
The traditional method is to scatter the turkeys, then call them back
in, so you have a close range, standing or walking head shot. While you
can shoot turkeys on the flush, the excitement is hearing the
majestic bird walk and talk, as he stalks your call. We try to dispatch
the royal bird with one shot to the head, because we like our birds
without one pellet in the leg, thigh or breast.
Native Tennessee sharpshooter Sergeant Alvin C. York was champion of the turkey-shooting matches (they had to shoot turkeys in the head). Alvin went on to receive the Medal of Honor for his attack on a 32 gun German machine gun nest, killing 25 German soldiers, and capturing 132. Movie of the turkey shoot.
|When cleaning your birds, look for the Turkey Oysters, those choice, flavorful, juicy little parts the French trappers and traders called sot-l'y-laisse.|
|Learn about these special bird dogs for
hunting wild turkey. Join the club and get this book:
Wild Turkey Dogs: Tips on Choosing, Training and Hunting. Includes 'Training a Turkey Dog' by Parker Whedon. 4th Edition, March 2013 Includes secrets of the old days and contributions from 100's of turkey dog hunters.
The breeding of the original Virginia type turkey dog has always been a well kept family secret. There's still some breeding the traditional turkey dogs, then there's others who tried different ones, in a wide variety of habitat and terrain. Join the club, read the book and find the best dog for you.
Proof dogs are smarter than people department: Dog has it's human do the work. Look how smart dogs are. Dogs undertand more than we think.
Are dogs smarter than cats? Do we have any Search & Rescue cats, Police-Cats, or Seeing-Eye Cats? Enough said.
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