I remember reading stories in Field & Stream YEARS ago about it.Two of my good friends have been turkey dogging for years. I’ve never experienced it but they consider it to be the ultimate challenge, calling a flock of turkeys back together that your dog just broke up while said dog lays motionless beside you.
My uncle used to do it years ago with a setter trained specifically for it and a lot guys use Boykins. My uncle would go to Virginia to do it. He didn’t care who killed the turkey as long as he could use his dog. Hard for some to comprehend seeing as it seems this state has a lot hunters who have never hunted with dogs for anything and experienced the joy of it but the turkey, be it gobbler or hen is the result of years of training the dog to do a specific task. The reward is whatever is flopping after the trigger is pulled signifying the dog performed his job as trained.