WATCH: ‘Turkey Whisperer’ Shows Idahoans How To Coax Them
Thanksgiving is now less than two weeks away. Football, family time, and sitting down to a perfectly cooked turkey with all the familiar sides are what we look forward to the most on November 24.
I've been cooking Thanksgiving meals for my family and friends for well over 20 years. I've never had to coax a turkey into my clutches with the intent of ending its life and eating it on Thanksgiving. I get mine wrapped tightly in plastic from the store. Call me lazy.
Turkeys are temperamental creatures. They are also menacing in appearance, which is another reason I don't mess with them. Many Idahoans are used to handling these birds about this time of year to get them prepped for the dinner table. A video that went viral out of Glasgow, Montana, a few years back is truly one of a kind, and perhaps the funniest footage involving a human and turkey ever recorded.
The ViralHog share has nearly half a million views. I don't know who this kid is, but he's world-class at baiting turkeys. The combination of his turkey walk and wild animal calls works these large birds into a stampede. I mean, this dude is the master.
Apparently, the key to gaining a turkey's trust is all in the strut. Getting down on their level, and even using your jacket as wings is a true sign of a master turkey whisperer. I'm still grateful my turkey is in my meat freezer awaiting thawing.