Old long beard hunter shares tips and tricks on calling the wild turkey

Affective turkey calling

Turkey hunters like you and me of all skill levels just want to know. What is the secret to calling an old gobbler into our decoy set-up or more to the point into shooting range?

The simple answer for many long beard hunters is all about tell the old gobbler, what he wants to hear, when he wants to hear it, and from where he expects to hear those I’m coming hen sounds, right.

Second only to the wild turkey’s legendary eyesight, is the long beard’s hearing.

Many turkey hunters have seen an ole hen spook a gobbler with just one little putt. On the other hand, experienced hunters have also watched the same old gobbler; strut across a field or clearing, after hearing what he believed was a hen seductively calling to the old Tom.

Continue reading this article, as we will discuss the best way to call a turkey into range. Using only three easy to master turkey calls. When used correctly will help a turkey hunter like you bag that un-killable bird you enjoy chasing over hill and through holler.

Use the right call at the right time

With all the options available to turkey hunters, selecting the right type call is a little confusing. There are, box calls, mouth calls, slate calls, and every variation of each type call imaginable.

  • Take the box call for instance; there are long, short and medium sized models. The small box calls are easy to put in a pocket, but are not as loud or make the same pitch calls as the long box call.
  • Box calls are however, the easiest calls for anyone to learn how to use. The problem with box calls, they are made of different types of wood, cedar, and walnut just to name a couple. The problem with being made of wood, these calls do not work when they get wet, or even a little damp.
  • You see, the box call and its lid has a thin layer of chalk between them, and you know what happens to chalk when it gets wet.


Learn how to tune and run a turkey box call

Diaphragms AKA mouth calls

  • Mouth calls, or diaphragm calls if you like, are by far the easiest to carry, used by serious turkey hunters to, cluck, yelp, purr, and even gobble.
  • Mouth calls also, work in any sort of weather, wet, dry, hot and humid or cold and rainy.
  • However, mouth calls are the hardest calls to learn how to use, pose a choke hazard, and are impossible to keep clean, or I should say, sanitary.
  • Soaking diaphragm call in a mouthwash and water solution helps, but it is just as easy to get a new call.
  • The best thing about using a mouth call is that a hunter is able to run one without the need to use their hands.
  • Hands free calling makes it easy to get in a firing position, call to that ole gobbler and seal the deal, without unnecessary movements that will spook a wary old bird.

Learn how to use a custom turkey mouth call

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Pot call AKA slate call

  • Slate calls, the turkey slate call is one of the easiest and most used calls available for beginners, or long time turkey hunters. Custom turkey call makers, hand craft the pots using beautiful hard woods from all over the world.
  • Not only are these custom calls beautiful and highly collectible, they produce the sweetest sounding, yelps, clucks and purrs any ole gobbler will ever hear. With the glass, aluminum and other weatherproof materials used to make the calls, they work in just about any weather condition.
  • The down side to using a slate or pot calls with one of the water resistant materials. Running a pot call requires a hunter use both hands to run the call. When the birds are coming into your set-up, you absolutely do not want any unnecessary movements that will spook the wary old tom.

Remember call with feeling, you got to sell it!

Knowing how to call a turkey is easy when you learn to yelp, cluck, and purr using the right call at the right time.

Put feeling into your calls, and remember a turkey will be looking for what he hears, and he will see you when you move.

Hunt hard, be safe and enjoy the outdoors. Mike

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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

When it comes to calling a turkey and a successful hunt it pays to know the tips and tricks on how to call a turkey. Thanks for sharing you skill and talent on turkey hunting.

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