I appreciate your replys, and at one time I may have reasoned as the two of you do, and please understand I don't think either of you are wrong in your opinions of woosmanship vs calling, but I do think there is room for improvement in the thought true woodsmanship.
I believe that calling, no matter what the species being pursued is, is part of woodsmanship. I don't believe that woodsmanship is part of calling. After all I've never seen a national calling champion demonstrating woodsmanship skills, during a call sequence on stage. The calls that we carry while we are in the field, are tools that we utilize in the pursuit of our quarry. A tool like a turkey vest, or specific turkey ammo, or turkey gun, or decoy, or blind, or headnet, camo paint, camoflauge clothing, etc, etc,. Some tools are more important than others, but a good outdoorsman or woodsman, understands his tools, how to use them and when to use them. In my experiences, I believe that woodsmanship skills help me to know when to call,and when not to. Of course understanding your surroundings is part of woodsmanship, but whom of us as never gotten turned around in the woods, even though it might be in our own geographic hunting area. Some may just wander ainlessly in one direction until they cross a road or other point they are familiar with. There is no skill there, just luck and blessings. I understand many folks call themselves guides, and woodsmen, but can they without a compass or map, with just the knowledge of weather patterns, and geography save themselves and others when things go bad. Can you stop the bleeding, can you start the breathing, treat the shock?
My point is this; there are many facets to being an outdoorsman, or woodsman and many tools needed to do so, whether they are tangible or just knowledge. Game calls are tools and only part of the arsenal that may be required to attain your description of success in the field. As with any tool, your success will be dependant, for the most part, by the confidence you have in your abilities with that tool. I was not always a confident public speaker, nor a confident caller. When it came to calling contests, I've always learned more than I've ever taught.
Allthough I make a living making custom turkey calls for hunters and collectors, there is no doubt in my mind that I can pursue the wild turkey, without a call that has been paid for, with reasonable expectations of success. As for myself, my forum brothers, the words kill and success are not synominous, but I do enjoy being a turkey killer.
GOOD LUCK, GOD BLESS, AND STAY SAFE!
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