Jim and others, far be it for me to give advice here. But, TC and TDH have some good dogs and advice. I have been hunting with others and their turkey dogs every year since 1983, off and on prior to that. Their dogs were droppers that hunted hard and wide, mostly in the mountains and some smaller rolling hills. Although I finally broke down and thank TC for helping me get a dog and training it my self instead of mooching off others. [:D] I have thoroughly enjoyed Jen (11 months) of training. I and others feel she will be a good turkey dog this coming fall. Just a couple small hurdels to overcome. In fact Jen is Ron's dogs daughter and TC dogs niece.
What TC said: "As far as getting a turkey dog...I'd give the terrain and size of the woods I was planning on hunting alot of consideration. If you are hunting vast mountainous areas I'd opt for a bird dog/hound cross that has farther 'range' than a Boykin".
The reason I back that statement is size and endurence of the breeds. Jen is the perfect size for the small rolling hills around here. In fact one of the hardcore turkey doggers who only prefered the dropper type dog loves what he sees in Jen so far as size and ranging of the dog for this terrain we have here, in fact he is so impressed with Jen he is helping with the training (he is mooching in now, pay back). Although Jen is not that much of a ranger just yet, we all believe by next fall she will be ranging as good as TC dog Buster does.
What TC said: "One thing I will emphasize (and I'm sure most old'schooler than I 'turkeydoggers' will back me up)...if you want a top notch turkey dog don't hunt any other game with them because it will effect their turkey dog performance".
I also lean towards that statement in so far as the old hardcore turkeydoggers that I have hunted with and know over the years said the same. Wayne Bailey, Kit Schaffer, Charlie Price, Sylvester Kyle, Frank Day, to name a couple others, but they are just names to some. I will use Jen or my Brittney (Jake) he is coming on lately as only pursuing the turkey. The bottom line is also what TDH said: but its all the hunters choice.........
Anyway both these guys will help you or anyone reach a new level of fall hunting experience with a dog. They are very serious and knowlegable about their dogs and fall hunting.