Blog from Tyler Jordan.
I practically scared off every gobbler I tried this on the first few times. I have seen my dad use this tactic several times with a slate call, but it took me several years of failing to get as close I could to perfecting this technique on a mouth call. No, I didn’t kill turkeys every time I tried it, but when it worked the scene was fascinating to say the least.
The beginning of the season is the perfect time to challenge dominant gobblers. Fighting purrs will sometimes give that gobbler motivation to close the distance in order to protect his territory from another turkey. Often, a fighting purr is good to use when you have a long beard that is henned up.
The key is knowing when to use it. I have learned my lesson the hard way by using it when not needed and running gobblers off. But I will frequently use fighting purrs throughout the beginning of spring when turkeys are establishing their pecking order, causing them to be more aggressive with one another. There have been countless times when a bird would not quite commit, although he could see my decoys. I will use a fighting purr to challenge him to a fight.
To make the purrs with a friction or slate call, hold the pot with your knees while using the striker to make continuous, fast-paced purrs. It will not hurt the call or the striker. At times, the fighting purr can be one of the deadliest calls there is and can get a gobbler fired up. It’s my favorite call to use during the spring when it works right. Whenever you have a bird that’s hung up or henned up and won’t come in, what do you have to lose by trying it? It’s worked for me many times.
You can make a fighting purr with a mouth call, too, but it took some time for me to learn. The best tip I have for that is to act like you are gargling water. Keep your tongue pressed against the call the entire time you are blowing air out. Hold it there as tight as you can until you get air to come out. Don’t feel like you have to be quiet with it either. Fighting turkeys are loud in real life.
I recommend saving the fighting purr as a last-resort call. Sometimes it will work and sometimes it won’t. But don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t work on the first attempt. Sooner or later you’ll be glad you tried it again.
A mouth call I’ll be using all year is the Hunters Specialties Raspy Old Hen that features two reeds with a double-split top reed. It sounds realistic and is simple to use, which is why I’ll have it in my vest this season.
Hope this helps some of you this spring or further down the road! Tune in to Realtree’s Spring Thunder every Monday this spring to catch the latest episode to see some weekly floppage.