, a 2-time World Open Turkey Calling champion, is the special guest speaker for this weekendâ€™s Arkansas Sportshow at the Convocation Center
JONESBORO â€" Two-time World Open Turkey Calling champion Eddie Salter
is the special guest speaker for this yearâ€™s Arkansas Sportshow, and the Alabama native is ready to talk turkey.
is a well-known outdoorsman who has 35 years of hunting experience.
also has won six Alabama turkey calling state championships and seven Southeastern Open calling championships.
For the past 15 years Salter has been a Pro Staff member for Hunterâ€™s Specialties
, the worldâ€™s largest maker of hunting accessories.
He is the host for the popular hunting television show Hunterâ€™s Specialties Outdoors and he has been featured on ESPN, The Outdoors Channel and even ABCâ€™s 20/20.
name in the hunting world as a young man selling homemade animal calls out of his
won the 1985 World Open Turkey Calling championship.
Eventually he quit his barbering job and become a full-time call maker, starting Eddie Salter Calls, Inc., in 1985, producing a line of deer and turkey calls along with hunting videos and scents.
was recently named to the Legends of the Outdoors National Hall of Fame
said heâ€™s very excited about attending this yearâ€™s Arkansas Sportshow at the Convocation Center
is scheduled to conduct seminars Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 6 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m.
â€œIâ€™m going to have plenty to talk about and weâ€™re not going to limit it to just turkey,â€ Salter said. â€œWeâ€™ll be talking about some deer a little bit if they want to talk some deer.
â€œPrimarily Iâ€™m just going to be talking turkey hunting and how to make different calls and what calls I like best, and more or less my theory on calling turkeys.â€
Although it will be his
first time at the Sportshow, Salter
said heâ€™s looking forward to seeing some familiar faces heâ€™s hunted with in Arkansas in the past.
â€œI feel like itâ€™s going to be a great show.
Itâ€™s the first time Iâ€™ve done this show and any time youâ€™re in the South, youâ€™ve got a lot of good hunters and a lot of good stories and thatâ€™s what hunting is about,â€ he
first homemade turkey call and killed his
first turkey at age 10.
From that moment he
was hooked on hunting, going after everything from rabbits to quail.
As a kid it was difficult for Salter
to find information about becoming a better turkey hunter, and he
got into contests as a way to meet some of the top turkey callers in Alabama.
mother actually gave him the idea of listening to turkey and then trying to repeat what he
heard as a way to hunt them.
â€œShe realized if I would listen to the turkeys and hear them call and pattern myself after the turkeys, that would probably be the best lesson I could get,â€ he
said. â€œNow you can get a DVD or watch TV shows and you can learn overnight.â€
learned a lot from men like the late Ben Rogers Lee, who won five World Turkey Calling Championships, and he
still uses that knowledge today when heâ€™s hunting or talking about hunting.
Salter has killed a turkey in 30 states.
Heâ€™s planning to kill one in each of the 49 states they live in before heâ€™s done.
Record grand slam
One of the things Salter will discuss at the Sportshow is his
record-breaking grand slam from last year. â€œThat was kind of a highlight of turkey hunting for me the last few years,â€ he
A grand slam is killing all four sub-species of turkey in the United States.
Although it wasnâ€™t his
did it in only four days, killing birds in Florida, Alabama, Oklahoma and Colorado.
For those interested in completing a grand slam of their own, Salter
said heâ€™ll have plenty of tips.
â€œMaybe some of the guys want to hunt a slam and Iâ€™ve got plenty of numbers I can give them if they want to go hunt some of the areas Iâ€™ve hunted,â€ he
has hunted in Arkansas before, and said he
loves the beauty of Northeast Arkansas.
â€œArkansas is a beautiful state, especially in that Northeast corner,â€ he
While heâ€™s proud of what heâ€™s accomplished in hunting, Salter
said heâ€™ll never forget why he
started calling in contests in the first place.
â€œI didnâ€™t get into turkey calling contests to say that I was a world champion or that I won a contest.
I wanted to be the best turkey hunter that I could be,â€ he