The gobbling tom hung up just over the ridge, contently answering every call without moving an inch. It was time to throw him a curve-ball. I began purring aggressively and the bird hammered multiple times. Within minutes, the longbeard was met with a stern greeting from my Remington.
Stubborn gobblers like this one don’t come easy. Don’t be afraid to try something different like the fighting purr. Knowing when and how to use it is key but first, you’ve got to know what it is.
Defining the Fighting Purr
When turkeys fight, they produce a series of loud, continuous purrs. Hens and gobblers alike will mimic this sound when aggravated at other turkeys. In the spring, gobblers will fight to establish dominance or breeding rights over a hen. A fight can be loud and last several seconds.
Single wing beats, loud cutts, and aggressive purrs are all sounds of a turkey battle.
Creating a Fake Fight
Friction calls like a slate and peg sound realistic. Simply drag the striker across the surface with increased pressure. Mouth calls can make the sound by rolling air pressure over the reeds. Remember, turkeys purr loud and fast when fighting so try to imitate that rhythm.
Fighting purrs are not calls to use often. They are loud and might scare wary longbeards away from your setup.
I like using this call as a last resort. Toms that refuse to commit after answering hen talk can be great candidates. If you start purring loudly and the tom answers – get ready. Longbeards can come running in to fight. If they don’t, put down the calls and wait. He could be silently approaching.
Toms that are spooked by an intruder or gunshot can also be fooled by fighting purrs. For example, if two toms come in and your hunting partner shoots one, immediately start purring loudly. The other bird may turn around and come back or pause long enough for a shot.
Great turkey hunters have many tools for toms that don’t read the script. Adding the fighting purr to that bag of tricks will do nothing but help your chances.
The Fighting Purr was last modified: January 27th, 2017 by Bill Winke