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David Sparks Ph.d Calling in Toms
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Sportsman's Spotlight
Date: April 12, 2017

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There was an article in Field and Stream entitled Angry Birds where a turkey caller produces yups in such a way as to make Tom's in the area fighting mad. The point was you could bring a Tom in almost to your feet because he was so angry. I called Scott Crosby at Sportsman's Warehouse and asked him if he had heard of such a thing. "I have seen it in nature on its own and I have produced it myself. You have to understand what happens in nature itself in order to get the scenario down. When a Tom has herded up some hens he becomes like a bull elk. He's not going to put up with any Jake’s in the area and he starts running them off. What happens is that they get more Jake's than there is one Tom and the Jake's will start to fight back because there is power in numbers. So they start going in a circle chasing each other, almost like a dog chasing his tail. They get this real excited cluck and it's really fast. And it's all of them doing it at the same time and it is really loud. I can produce that on a slate call and if you have multiple callers it’s even better because it sounds like multiple birds. Very cool to see. I have seen single birds come flying in looking for a fight. Just like a bull elk.

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