ORIGINAL: Everyday Hunter
Has anyone here every heard a hen do that squealing? I never have.
When we hunted South Dakota, my buddy and I witnessed a Merriam's gobbler breeding a hen. He had her pinned flat on the ground with her wings splayed out. She was squealing like a banshee, a very high pitched constant tone that was only interupted when she took a breath. I wouldn't equate it with a kee kee because that sounds more like a whistle in comparison. The act was violent, pure and simple...there wasn't anything tender or loving about it!
Last month I attended Eddie Salter's seminar at the NWTF Convention. He related that they had domestic turkeys where he grew up and he observed the hens making the sound when they were bred. He reasoned it might work as a call for wild turkeys that's where the idea was hatched. (pun intended.)