Turkey Calling Club part of outdoor education

May 1, 2016


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Principal Dan Russell sets out the rules

... and they're off!

Camouflage is key

They may be the 'Home of the Hawks' but these days they're calling in the turkeys!

As part of the outdoor education program, students from G. C. Huston Public School have been learning about the flurry of activity that takes place in the forest as winter ends and spring begins.

To make the learning more meaningful, students in grades 2 to 5, where are interested in interacting with nature in a very unique way, were given the opportunity to be part of he school's Wild Turkey Calling Club.

The students have had a number of of in-class training sessions, during which time they learned to replicate the various sounds that wild turkeys make during the breeding season.  Their purrs, clucks and yelps can be heard throughout the school on Tuesdays each week.

"This is how you do it" says Principal Dan Russell

Best Buds!

It's cool for girls too!

Is it an 'ear to the ground' or ... just tired?

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Mr. Russell ... there's a turkey behind you!

The Wild Turkey Calling Club is very popular at G. C. Huston, so much so that they had to cap the membership at 30 students.  Students who did not get a change this year will be able to join next year. 

Quaker Boy Game Calls sponsored the Club by donating turkey callers, and Watson's Tackle Houses in Owen Sound and Lake Huron Road and Gun in Underwood supported the program by giving the school a great deal on 'camo' hats for the club members.


The day began at 6:00 a.m. when the G. C. Wild Turkey Callers traveled to a local bush lot where they could field test their calling ability and the weather was perfect.  Their calling practice paid off.  Two big 'toms' responded to their call with many thundering gobbles.

As well, hens cackled many times when the students called.  Although the turkeys did not come out of the bush to the decoy set up, they responded to their calls. 

The outing ended as the sun rose above the tree line giving the gang a beautiful morning for a hike back.

What an Adventure!

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