78, Day 1
Why Ronnie Strickland Wrote His New Book
NOTE: Longtime, avid turkey hunter, Ronnie "Cuz" Strickland of West
Point, Mississippi, vice president of Mossy Oak's TV and video production,
talks this week about his new turkey-hunting book, "The Truth About Turkey
Question: Ronnie, how did you come to work for
Answer: Actually, I met Toxey Haas at a SHOT Show back in 1987
or 1988 when I was working for a sporting-goods store. My wife Pam took
me over to the Mossy Oak booth and said, "You've got to come look at this
camo pattern, Ronnie. These guys are from Mississippi." And that's where
I met Toxey. Mossy Oak had the Bottomland pattern at that time, and I
really liked it. Toxey and I just hit it off. I started selling Mossy
Oak and helped Toxey open up new dealers. Our business and personal relationships
have built from there.
Tell us about your book, "The Truth About Turkey Hunting."
Answer: Actually "The Truth" is a video series I helped Will Primos
of Primos Game Calls get started. When I was working at the sporting-goods
store, I would send Will video tapes that my buddies and me shot to show
him how good his turkey calls were. I bought calls from him and ended
up using one of his old tube-type TV cameras to help him do the first
couple of videos called "The Truth About Turkey Hunting." I came up with
that name. I kept a journal of what happened while I was shooting the
videos. I lost 30 pounds in 40 days, and I thought, "That's a chapter
of a book right there."
To me, people want to be entertained; so anything I write
generally has a humorous theme to it. I took the journal I had and some
of the funny stories that have happened since then and came up with a
book called "The Truth About Turkey Hunting." This book is about 90-percent
humor and shows the lighter side of turkey hunting.
Ronnie, how many days a week will you hunt turkeys during the spring,
with either your gun or your video camera?
Answer: I hunt just about every day, except for traveling -- probably
anywhere from 50 to 60 days a year, depending on where I start and that
state's turkey season opens and what state I end up hunting. I've hunted
turkeys that much since about 1987 or 1988. But I'm not hunting every
day all day; sometimes I'll video and then edit until 10:00 or 11:00 at
night and then go back and hunt the next afternoon.
Question: During those 50 or 60 days, how many
turkeys will you see harvested?
Answer: Encounters with turkeys actually are pretty common. When
we're filming, we don't have set schedules. We depend on people to tell
us they have turkeys gobbling. An encounter with a gobbling turkey will
basically happen just about every day. Our Mossy Oak video team will get
a turkey on camera about 50 percent of the time, and having a successful
hunt will probably happen eight or 10 days out of those 50 days I'm hunting
and/or videoing. You just don't take turkeys all the time.
order Ronnie Strickland's book, "The Truth About Turkey Hunting," which
Mossy Oak has published, call (888) MOSSY OAK. To learn more about turkey
hunting, go to Night Hawk Publications' home page, and click on books.
You'll find information about three of John E. Phillips' turkey books
-- "The Masters' Secrets of Turkey Hunting," "Outdoor Life's Complete
Turkey Book" and "Turkey Tactics." These books explore the minds of some
of the nation's top turkey hunters.
Tomorrow: One of Ronnie's Strangest Hunts