Outdoor Tips with Jack Morris
BY JACK MORRIS
Sunday, February 17, 2013
2/17/13 at 8:39 AM
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Spring turkey season is several weeks away, but it's not too early to get busy talking turkey.
Now is the time to get out your calls, check them out and start practicing with them. Maybe you'll pull them out and find they weren't stored quite as well as you thought or maybe they didn't hold up in storage.
Find out now and you will have plenty of time to find replacements and practice with them and get used to them. At the same time, if you are just interested in looking at or trying some new calls, do it now and give yourself time to get used to that new feel and sound.
People ask me often what makes me a good turkey hunter and caller, and the simple answer is practice - and understanding what the sounds mean to a turkey.
The most important key in calling is to get that basic tone and the rhythm. You don't always have to sound perfect. Turkeys seldom sound as good as most calls can sound.
Practice is valuable to any hunter, whether they're using a slate or box call or a diaphragm mouth call.
Listening to DVDs or phone apps and mimicking those calls can help you get in tune well before the season is upon you.
Finally, one of the biggest things I hear people talk about with turkey calling is they get frustrated when they don't experience success right away. It takes patience, and practice. Might as well get started as soon as possible.
Jack Morris is a professional guide and host of Outdoor Trails Thursday nights at 6 p.m. on KTBZ am1430. Contact him at 918-691-3840, firstname.lastname@example.org or see tulsaworld.com/jackmorris