This book is a collection of stories written by one of America’s most traveled and experienced turkey hunters; a man who has taken multiple toms from 49 states. Such a feat didn’t come easily, so you might expect these pages to fairly drip with wise words of wisdom and sage advice on how to hunt those wily, elusive birds…and they do. However, “Doc” Weddle didn’t write an instruction manual. Instead, he takes the reader on a trip down memory lane to recall exciting hunts which helped shape him into becoming the true “Turkey Man” that he is today. Novice or veteran readers alike will undoubtedly gain valuable knowledge here, but the author is first and foremost a storyteller, and he has written this book simply to entertain his audience in a manner reminiscent of outdoorsmen standing around campfires and sharing the colorful details of their hunts with cohorts and companions.
Tom “Doc” Weddle is a carpenter from Bloomington, Indiana. Infected by the turkey hunting bug some 30 years ago, he is a man completely unable to resist the siren song of the wild turkey’s mesmerizing gobble, and any springtime morning will likely find him in hot pursuit of his favorite gamebird. Unwilling to compromise those glorious months of March, April, or May by doing anything besides hunting, this fellow has long been one of the most die-hard turkey chasers in the nation.
Perhaps no other commonality so strongly links this nation’s turkey hunters as does the simple act of sharing tales from the field; both the telling and retelling of our own stories, and listening to those of friends and accomplices. Another pre/post-hunt pastime which helps bond us together would be the innumerable hours we spend comparing the why’s and how’s of our fellow hunters’ decisions and hunting styles, or alternately discussing the idiosyncrasies and maddening behavior of our kindred adversary.