Who’s the Best Turkey Hunter of All Time?

By Brodie SwisherApril 26, 202411 Comments

Who’s the best turkey hunter of all time? 

It’s the one question that seemed to stump our friends and favorite turkey hunters the most when we made the rounds at this year’s NWTF Show in Nashville. 

With the exception of Jimmy Primos, most of the guys struggled to nail down who could possibly be labeled the best turkey hunter of all time. It’s a tough one! There’s been a lot of legendary turkey hunters to walk the spring woods. 

Watch the video below for a look at who made the list when it comes to the best turkey hunter of all time. 

Who Are The Best Turkey Hunters?

It’s been said that opinions are like elbows – most everybody seems to have a couple of them. And this is certainly the case when it comes to opinions on the best turkey hunter of all time. 

We made the rounds at the 2024 NWTF Show and asked a number of turkey hunters who they thought was the best turkey hunter of all time. 

Who made the list? 

As seen in the video above, some of the top picks included: Tom Kelly, Harold Knight, Eddie Salter, Will Primos, Ben Rodgers Lee, and David Hale.

Ben Rodgers Lee is known as the father of modern day turkey hunting and calling. He was a rare breed, bringing the game call and hunting video industry to life with some of the most nostalgic products you’ll find  anywhere. 

Sadly, Lee was killed in a car wreck in October of 1991, leaving behind a rich legacy of turkey and deer hunting for the hunters following in his footsteps.

Who's The Best Turkey Hunter Of All Time?
Ben Rodgers Lee walking out with a turkey over the shoulder.

Colonel Tom Kelly is a legend among turkey hunters. Many hunters are quick to label him as one of the best turkey hunters of all time. He’s the author of The Tenth Legion, a book some consider the turkey hunter’s Bible. Now in his 90s, Kelly is in the late season of life, but continues to inspire countless turkey hunters every spring. 

Kelly was featured in a documentary recently released by Mossy Oak sharing Kelly’s story. Check it out in the video below.    

What about you? Who do you think is the best turkey hunter of all time?  What other turkey hunters should be added to our list? 

Comment below, and let us know what you think.

Brodie Swisher
Brodie Swisher is a world champion game caller, outdoor writer, seminar speaker and Editor for Bowhunting.com. Brodie and his family live in the Kentucky Lake area of west Tennessee.
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