As with most outdoor sports, turkey hunting has its own jargon or slang that only hunters know. How knowledgeable are you about talkin’ turkey? Take our 10-question quiz and find out. We’ll begin with a few easier questions and then get harder as we go. The answers are at the end, but no peeking (we’ll know)!
Jake: a. A juvenile male turkey b. A juvenile female turkey c. A juvenile male or female turkey
Jenny: a. A juvenile male turkey b. A juvenile female turkey c. A juvenile male or female turkey
Poult: a. A young male turkey b. A young female turkey c. A young male or female turkey
Longbeard: a. An adult male turkey b. An adult female turkey with a beard c. An adult male turkey with multiple beards
Limb-hanger: a. A trophy turkey with spurs so long and curved that the bird can be hung upside down on a tree limb by his spurs b. A turkey that stays on the roost an unusually long time in the morning before flying down c. A female turkey that won’t leave the roost in the morning until the gobblers do
Putt: a. A turkey alarm call b. A turkey mating call c. A turkey that needs to lay off the beans and bran muffins
Spur: a. A hard, pointed projection on a male turkey’s leg b. Something a cowboy wears on the back of his boot c. Both A and B
Hang-up: a. A turkey that begins coming to your calling position, but then stops just out of gun range b. A turkey that has just flown up to roost c. The end of legal hunting hours for the day
Snood: a. The fleshy, worm-like appendage that hangs down from a turkey’s forehead onto its bill b. A special sound a turkey makes only during mating season c. A turkey that's incubating eggs
Pot Call: a. Another name for a slate call b. The last call a hunter makes that brings a turkey into gun range c. Another name for a box call
Pot Call: A
Scorecard: Well, how did you do? The following answer chart will give you an idea of how you stack up against other turkey hunters.
8 to 10 correct: Master Turkey Hunter (Great job!)
5 to 7 correct: Intermediate Turkey Hunter (Pretty good, but better study some more.)
0 to 4 correct: Beginning Turkey Hunter (You need a few more years in the turkey woods.)