Published Wednesday, March 13, 2013
From Staff Reports
To practice turkey calls for the upcoming turkey hunting season, Chattahoochee Bend State Park is holding a turkey calling contest Saturday.
Turkey hunting season opens in three weeks.
Join park officials Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Middle and high school students can register in advance by calling Chattahoochee Bend State Park at 770-254-7271. There is a $5 registration fee.
The competition will be judged by members of the Georgia Wild Turkey Federation. Winners will be determined by variety and clarity of calls. The 12 most common calls are the Cluck, Purr, Putt, Tree Call, Cackle, Assembly Call, Plain Yelp, Cutt, Excited Yelp, Kee Kee Run, Gobble, and Crow Call.
You can hear these calls and find information about them on the Wild Turkey Federation website at www.nwtf.org . The top three callers in each division will win prizes. And one Grand Prize will go to the best turkey caller.
There are approximately 300,000 wild turkeys in Georgia. Chattahoochee Bend State Park is an ideal home for turkeys. Undeveloped forestlands cover the majority of Chattahoochee Bend State Park.
Planted loblolly pine stands, comprise the largest volume of the park. Natural stands of mixed hardwood-pine forest developed after many years of extensive farming took place throughout Georgia in the 1800s and early 1900s. Mature hardwood forests dominate the low, bottomland areas of the Chattahoochee River and around the numerous streams on the park. In the fall and winter, wild turkeys prefer this habitat, and use the area for finding food, shelter, and roosting.
In the spring and summer turkeys move into the open fields and begin nesting and brood rearing.
Chattahoochee Bend State Park is located between Newnan and Franklin, off Georgia Highway 34. Follow the signs from Powers Crossroads.
For more information call the park at 770-254-7271 or visit GeorgiaStateParks.org .