> I was thinking about picking up Primos' "mastering the art of turkey hunting" DVD, just as sort of a "tutorial". Any opinions on that idea (good, bad)? <
Paul- Go for it. Information like that is most helpful for a new hunter and wasn't available when I started out. A few words of caution though, most videos make turkey hunting look too easy. A two hour hunt will be edited down to ten minutes giving the impression that all you have to do is sit down, make a few calls, and a gobbler will march in to your gun barrel. That couldn't be further from reality. Also don't be fooled by the word "mastering", as I don't believe anyone ever fully masters turkey hunting, the birds make sure of that!
>What type of call should I start out with?<
For a first call I would recommend a push/pull call as I have pictured. The Quaker Boy pictured was the first call my Dad gave me in 1994. The other is the Knight & Hale Tom Coffin, almost all major call companys have some variation of this style of call.
The motion required to operate a push/pull call provides a natural rhythm and spacing of notes making it a great first call for newbies. With box calls, pot & pegs and mouth calls you have to provide the cadence and rhythm which can be an added challenge on top of trying to find quality turkey tones as well.