A Dixie Lady Deer Hunter

Monday, February 18, 2019

Guest Post ~ 8 Sounds Of Turkey Hunting & What That Means Turkey Hunting

Just like humans, turkeys have their own language. As a hunter, it is of prime importance for you to learn that language. This will not only allow you to increase the probability of success but also have some fun while fooling some suspicious turkeys.

Fortunately, the language of turkeys isn’t that hard to learn. There are no complex grammatical rules and vocabulary, just a few sounds that each have a meaning.

With that being said, learning how turkeys communicate isn’t easy. The ability to distinguish between different sounds determines whether or not your hunt will be successful.

Now, let’s examine 8 common turkey sounds along with their meaning.

Yelp

The yelp is one of the most, if not the most heard sound from turkeys. When a turkey yelps, it makes a series of notes – usually in a sequence from three to eight – the purpose of which is to alert other turkeys of its location and beckon them to join in.
The yelp is used by both male and female turkeys. However, hens use this call specifically to look for a gobble. Due to this, learning to imitate the yelp can be very helpful in luring a hen to your location. If you manage to fire the hen up enough, she may come to investigate even if she already had found a gobbler. And the gobbler may even himself join the “party”!

Gobble

The gobble is one of the principal vocalizations of a male turkey. It is used by gobbles to indicate that they want a hen. In addition, it used to deter other gobblers.
The ability to imitate a gobble can be a very useful tool in your arsenal. In the breeding season, it could be used to attract hens to your position.
However, gobbling is a double-edged sword. First off, it can attract a dominate gobble looking for a fight. Conversely, it can scare away less dominant birds who want to avoid fighting. And lastly, the gobble can attract other hunters to your position, which you definitely don’t want.

Putt

The putt consists of a single or several sharp sounds. It is used by turkeys to signal a nearby danger. If you alert the turkey of your presence, it will start putting, warning other turkeys of the threat. Generally, if you’ve caused a turkey to putt, it means that the hunting is failed.
Learning to imitate the putt can be really beneficial in hunting. It can be useful when you want a turkey to raise its head or stop for you to get a clear shot. However, once you raise the alarm by putting, you will have only a little time to take the shot. Thereby, pre-aiming is a good idea.

Cluck

The cluck is also used by both gobblers and hens. It is usually used by one turkey to get the attention of another. Hens use it to encourage a gobbler to approach, especially when he is hanging up. In addition, hens cluck in conjunction with feeding or moving around the area.
This sound is a bit simpler with gobblers: they use it just to indicate their location.
The cluck sounds very similar to a putt, so it is pretty easy to confuse them for an untrained ear. The cluck is slightly longer and a less excited sound.
Since the cluck and putt have completely different meanings, distinguishing between one or the other means coming home either empty-handed or with a turkey.

Cutting

Cutting basically is a combination of rapid and loud clucks mixed with yelping. This sound indicates that the turkey is excited.
Cutting is used by hens when they are fired up. If the gobbler has gone silent, cutting can help the hen get a response out of him. In addition, it is used by hens agitated with each other. If you are hearing a lot of cutting in the woods, then you are likely near the peak levels of the breeding season.
Needless to say, imitating cutting can be a very powerful tool for attracting both hens and gobblers. If one gobbler is henned up and a hen is cutting, you could mimic her calls with slightly higher excitement and vocalization to lure her to you for a fight. In addition, you may be able to attract the gobbler with the cutting.

Purr

The purr is a soft sound that turkeys make when content. It is very often made by feeding birds. In addition, it is used by turkeys to maintain contact with each other.
Gobblers also use the purr as a sign of aggression, often when they spot another gobbler invading their territory. You could set up a decoy in a gobbler’s territory to lure him towards you. And imitating a purr, you could get the gobbler all excited to attack the decoy, thus exposing himself for a shot.

Cackle

The cackle is usually used by turkeys – mostly hens – when they leave the roost and fly down towards the ground.
This call usually starts with a yelp, which indicates a turkey’s location. Once the turkey is ready to leave the roost, it cackles. It starts out as a series of quick clucks and cuts. As the turkey lands on the ground, the cadence slows down and often turns into yelps.
If you hear the cackle, then you most likely got up early enough for a morning hunt. Imitating the cackle could allow you to lure a gobbler right into your line of shooting.

Kee-kee run

The kee-kee run is used by young turkeys who got separated from their flock. Young turkeys use this call to indicate that they are lost and want to be found.
The kee-kee run can be used in a variety of hunting strategies. For example, you could scare off and separate a flock of turkeys and then use the kee-kee run to lure more mature turkeys to your location.
In addition, opting for a kee-kee run is a good idea on public hunting grounds where other hunters are likely to use the more regular yelps and cuts. The kee-kee run would greatly help you draw attention towards you.

About Me
Hi, I am Morgan. I run RangeFindersAll.com where I talk about rangefinders (you kind of guessed that, right) and how it can be used for purposes related to hunting and sports. Feel free to reach out to me for anything related to rangefinders and I will be happy to help.

Friday, February 15, 2019

On The Mend

On the Mend
Many tears fall from broken hearts!
The heart of our nation is torn apart:
Divided by political parties
Fighting each other.
Let us reason together,
Work together,
And put the Heart of America
On the Mend.


This pendant is bronze. It is named "On the Mend." It is dedicated to America. Front and back sides are shown. Bill Worrell


I only VERY recently got these back from the caster in Albuquerque, and not in time to get them to the galleries before Valentine's Day.  Sandstone Cellars has some and in three or four days they will be at the Worrell Gallery in Santa Fe and at Exposures Gallery in Sedona.  Thank all of you for your responses.  I am SO GRATEFUL.  I was born in America, and I am SO SADDENED by some of the elected politicians' refusals to simply do what is found in Isiah 1:18.  "Come and let us reason together, says the Lord."

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine's Creations by Bill

My Facebook friend, Bill Worrell, with studios 'New Art' in Texas and "Worrell Gallery" in Santa Fe, NM, created some watercolors for Valentine's Day.  I have met Bill in person and he is a very talented artist, painter, sculptor, writer, and a gentleman.  I'm sharing some of his Valentine's LOVE with you today.

Hearts Aglow
Heartnado
One Starry Night
Slowly Eclipsing Heart
Rode hard - put up wet
by Kent Blazy

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

MS River On The Rise @ Vicksburg

It looks like we will be reaching flood stage by Saturday with heavy rains in the upper MS River and Ohio River basins contributing to rising waters here in my hometown of Vicksburg, MS.  Flood stage is 43.3 feet and it is projected to reach 48 feet by March 3rd.  Tomorrow's forecast issued today is 42 feet.


This is not taking into account all the snow up north that has not melted and some are predicting worse than the 2011 flood here.  Let's hope and pray that history will not repeat itself or worse.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

One Hung Up Squirrel

Cassie Miller's Dad of Newton, MS, hung up the only squirrel he shot recently and here are some funny comments made of his kill.  

One heck of a squirrel!
17 ounces?
Looks like a great season right there!
Are you going to mount it?
What was it's weight?
It'd be a good one next year.
Stud!  Chasing or Feeding?
Hunting over that corn pile again?
Where're the scales?  That's a fat tree rat!
Great!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Broadway With & Without Antlers

My Facebook friend, Mike Persichini loves to take pictures of deer and to name them.  He named the one above, Broadway.  Recently he was lucky enough to find his sheds after he dropped them.  This is an awesome picture of Broadway with his antlers!

This is Broadway without his antlers and he looks depressed!

Mike proudly displaying Broadway's sheds he found in the commons area of a subdivision.  Congratulations, Mike!  You deserved them!

Mike said that since he has shed his antlers he has been an outcast with the other bucks!  Payback for kicking butts a couple months ago.

Weighing 6.59 lbs. and scored 181.25.

Friday, February 08, 2019

MS Hog Control Corral Traps

Jimmy Whittington and his son of Hazlehurst, Mississippi, posted today their way of controlling these nasty hogs in our great wild Mississippi outdoors.  Hogs are numbering in the thousands and are very destructive, invasive and wreaking havoc across the state.  As shown above, large corral traps are the most effective option for eliminating entire sounders (social unit).  On private lands, wild hogs can be taken year-round with no weapons/caliber restriction at any time of the day or night.  If you choose to hunt wild hogs at night, make sure to take precautions.  For more information, check out Wild Hog FAQ's on MDWFP site. 

Thursday, February 07, 2019

A Little Squirrel Huntress

Jimmy and Elizabeth Greer of Canton, Mississippi, have a precious little girl that likes to go hunting.  Here she is on an early morning squirrel hunt with her favorite hunter, Dad.  After the second one, she said let's go to the Waffle House!  So that's exactly where they headed.  What a precious picture with her Dad and their dog.

Check out the squirrels tail hanging out!

So much fun hanging out with Dad in...

...our great Mississippi outdoors!

Holding her two squirrels!  What a cutie!

Congratulations little one!  I'm so proud of you! 

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Last Day Of The Hunt




Not a bad way to end the season!
Killed by: Dwight Smith
Killed in: Neshoba Co.
Killed on: 1-31-19
Score: 140 4/8

Was hung up the night before and was cold enough to stiffen up for a great buck pose!


My congratulations to Dwight Smith in our great wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors!  Way to go, Dwight!

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

MS River Traffic This Afternoon @ Vicksburg, MS

I went by the Louisiana Circle this afternoon around 2:45 and M/V Brother Wilson was passing by my hometown of Vicksburg, MS with empty containers northbound heading for the sharp bend in the MS River called Delta Point.

A close-up of M/V Brother Wilson.

Ahead of M/V Brother Wilson near Delta Point was the General and Synergy towboats headed for the Port of Vicksburg in the Yazoo Canal with Waterview Casino and Hotel in the foreground.  

River Level:  41.78 feet - Change: -0.07 foot - Flood Stage: 43 feet

Friday, February 01, 2019

One Last Hunt

Yesterday, was the last day of hunting season for 2018-2019 in Mississippi and was invited to hunt one last time at my Granddaughter Victoria and hubby Jamie's 380-acre deer camp.  It looks like I'm hunting on buck fever drive.  A really cool sign for a deer camp.

This sign greets you first!  Love it!  

My Granddaughter Victoria and Great Grandson Ian dropping me off at my stand to hunt. 

A real nice camo blind that I got to hunt out of.  I was able to stand up in it as well and very roomy.  Loved it!

To the left of me.

Behind me and had my walking stick leaning up against the window.

To the right of me.

Waiting on a deer.  No deer showed up but I enjoyed being in the woods and watching nature in our great wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors.  Until next season!
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