Calling all Turkeys

9 years 7 months 3 weeks ago February 04, 2007 Feb 4, 2007 Sunday, February 04 2007 Sunday, February 04, 2007 10:15:32 PM CST in Sports

The sport of turkey calling kind of seems like a joke," added turkey caller Steve Stoltz.

But to them it's the same as any other sport.

"Compare it to professional football, hockey. You know if we could fight each other, we probably would," said Parrish.

And the competition can get pretty tense.

"When we step on that stage, it's like Mike Tyson and Holyfield," he explained.

None of the callers are biting ears off. Instead, they mostly enjoy gobbling around others with something in common.

"The camaraderie, just being able to share time with friends that share the same love for the sport of calling, and the hunting aspect of it," he added.

"It's a small fraternity, but it's a very tight knit fraternity, we're all friends, we all help each other," said Stoltz.

It's a contest between Toms, but when it's time to call the claws come out.

Turkey calling competitions occur year round and the national championship is in early March in Pearl, Missisippi.

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