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Piketown PhD Tom

EDITOR’S NOTE: Any turkey hunter who tells you he knows everything about taking a turkey will lie to you about something else. Turkey hunting is a continuing-education program. Every spring you learn more than you have the spring before. There are several ways to learn the sport of turkey hunting, including videos, television shows, books, magazine articles and newspaper articles. But the very-best way to learn how to hunt a turkey are from the turkeys themselves, especially the PhD gobblers that know as much about the hunters who hunt them, as the hunters know about the turkeys they are trying to take. I’ve just completed my fifth turkey-hunting book, “Hunter’s Specialties’ PhD Gobblers.” In the book I’ve interviewed some of the greatest turkey hunters in the nation - the Hunter’s Specialties’ Pros - and each pro tells us about three different gobblers and what they’ve learned from these PhD gobblers. For the next few days, you can read excerpts from the book. You can buy the book from us by calling (205) 967-3830 or emailing us at for $24.95 each plus $4 Click to enlargeshipping and handling. I’ll sign and date the book for you if you’ll send a check or a money order for $28.95 each or use PayPal-

Matt Morrett of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, began his outdoor education while accompanying his father to the woods at the age of six. His love of hunting turkeys and deer found him sitting in the cold woods, waiting for rut-swollen November bucks and straining his ears in the spring, hoping to pick up a gobble ringing across the ridges of Pennsylvania. Morrett has perfected turkey calling to a degree that few others have matched. Dedication to fine tuning his calling techniques has earned Morrett more than 50 turkey-calling championships, including five World Friction Turkey Calling titles, six U.S. Open Turkey Calling victories and the coveted Grand National Champion title. In 1994, Morrett put his calling to the test by taking an eastern bird in Missouri, a Rio Grande in Texas, an Osceola in Florida and a Merriam’s in South Dakota to complete the Grand Slam of all four subspecies of the wild turkey.Click to enlarge As a member of Hunter’s Specialties’ Pro Staff, Morrett travels the country conducting seminars on turkey and deer hunting. Using his knowledge, he helps design and field test many of the products manufactured by Hunter’s Specialties to aid hunters in taking gobblers with their doctorates in avoiding hunters.

“I lived in Piketown, Pennsylvania, and on this hunt, I was hunting with my dad,” Morrett recalls. “Although I grew up hunting with my dad, we had two very-different types of hunting. When my dad picked a turkey and decided to call with him, he might stay with that turkey until lunchtime. Even if the turkey quit gobbling, Dad wouldn’t leave that bird but I was a run-and-gun type of turkey hunter. If I couldn’t get the turkey to come to me quickly, and the bird quit gobbling, I’d leave that bird and go hunt for a turkey that was more eager to respond to calling.

“Dad had taken a day off from work so that he and I could hunt together, which of course would rate as my favorite hunt of the year. After we’d hunted all morning long and were walking out of the woods, I told my dad, ‘Let me make one more stop here, and throw my calls out in this one area.’ We’d had a real bad morning and just hadn’t heard very many turkeys gobble. When I started cutting, immediately a turkey fired back with a loud gobble. Twenty minutes later we’d taken that 25-pound tom with an 11-inch beard and 1-1/4-inch spurs, a huge turkey for our section of the country. Click to enlargeWe had to quit hunting at noon but didn’t strike this gobbler until 11:30 a.m. Once we actually reached the turkey, I looked at my watch, which reported 11:50 a.m., just 10 minutes before quitting time. In the past, if I’d been out hunting and hadn’t heard any turkeys gobble all morning long, I would’ve just kept going to the house and not stopped and tried one more series of calls. I’d have given up. But the Piketown PhD Tom taught me to stay after the turkeys until the last minute that I could legally hunt.”


Check back each day this week for more about HUNTER’S SPECIALTIES’ PHD GOBBLERS

Day 1: The Textbook Turkey, PhD
Day 2: Mr. On-the-Move Gobbler, PhD
Day 3: Piketown PhD Tom
Day 4: The Crooked Toe Tom, PhD
Day 5: The Head Thumping PhDs



Entry 343, Day 3