Turkey Expert Struts His Stuff
Turkey talk has taken Parrish around the world. Including a stop in New York for a visit with David Letterman.
"You're trying to sound like a hen turkey that wants the company of a male turkey. So, you hope you're talking really sweet and sexy to him," Parrish said.
So sweet, he's shot more than 150 turkeys. The feathers in his cap, however, are National Championships in 2000 and 2001.
"The Walter E. Burboun Grand National Championship. Oh my Lord, I had tears. I was so happy for him for finally achieving the goal he had had for fifteen years," Kathleen remembered.
Parrish said it's a complicated process to get each call just right.
"You're doing things note, for note, for note that that turkey is doing. I'm talking about I break it down to the octave of the note," Parrish explained.
This turkey whisperer says the language is universal.
"There's turkeys in New Zealand they say the same thing our turkeys do here in Missouri," Parrish said.
"I know English, I know turkey and I know baby talk," Kathleen joked.
For Parrish's son, three-year-old Rusty, the turkey calling is already starting.
"My goal is for him to watch Daddy win the Grand National Open, just one time and then I'm done. I'll walk away from it," Parrish said.
Parrish has won an amazing 45 of 105 calling contests he's entered. His career winnings are more than $130,000. Parrish is the host for the TV show All-American Sportsman seen weekly on The Man Channel.