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Discover How to Hunt Turkey Using Custom Turkey calls

Updated on January 26, 2015

Calling all long beards

Talking turkey or simply making noise. Knowing the difference will determine the success of a turkey hunt. Imagine for a moment, you are experiencing another one of those sleepless nights tossing and turning. You know, the night before opening day. The night before turkey season actually opens, the dream like vision of a strutting old tom coming into range. For me, my trusty Browning Gold with the NWTF logo in mossy oak camo finish ready for action, resting on my knee.

Old Boss Gobbler Strutting his Stuff

When to call

Your mind, cluttered with all the pre-hunt scouting you and your hunting buddies have been talking about for the last several weeks. There have been reports of the winter flocks breaking-up, big ole toms are in their bachelor groups, there have been sightings of several groups of jakes doing what jakes do, and suggesting last years hatch was a good one.

Oh yeah, this year will be the best year you have had in a long time. Scouting confirms the birds are in deed using the same old roost trees. There are a lot of tom tracks, droppings and feathers on the ground under the roost. Just like clock work, the toms fly down, and make their way to the strut zone. The hens fly down, establish their pecking order, and go to the tom, oh yeah life is good in the turkey’s world.

Your plan consists of starting with the ole running and gunning tactic, until around 9:30 or 10:00 am. By that time, the toms will most likely be with their hens and quit gobbling. Anyway, the plan is to have a bird on the ground before that happens. If not then plan ‘B’, set-up in the old double bull pop-up blind overlooking a known dusting area and take a midday break that includes lunch a nap, and who knows maybe, a lovesick gobbler might just strut into range.

Caught napping

Snapping back into consciousness, you now find yourself obsessing over how important having your trusted turkey gun not only set-up properly, but more importantly, having your true glow gobble stopper red dot site dialed in as well. You wanted to put a Bushnell hollow site on your shotgun this year, but opted to go with the less expensive true glow red dot instead and save the money for a new choke tube. Now after the fact, you find yourself thinking about what you have heard. All the red dot sites have a red or green glow to them when turned on that can spook a weary old tom. Yes, it is true they do, but you convince yourself that the chances a turkey will look straight at the site is relatively small anyway.

After all, the 3 ½ 12 gage Heavy shot shell and the Indian Creek choke tube is a lethal combination at forty yards, and you trust it out to fifty yards under the right conditions. Still yet, you want to limit your shot to between 20 and 30 yards, which for a shotgun that shoots a tight pattern. You must as they say aim small, to hit small. After all that is why you decided to go with a site that provided the best sight picture, and ensure a good humane harvest of the respected ole turkey.

Hunting vest full of calls

Another reality check, a glance at the alarm clock reveals, only 1:03am. Thinking to yourself, I got to get some sleep as you grab your pillow roll over again and try to drift off. Still your mind is in turkey hunting mode, but now you are thinking about how to call a turkey.

Your turkey vest is full of every kind of call known to man. Box calls, both a long and short version. A push pull call, Locater calls, crow call, hawk call, peacock call, owl hooter, even a dog whistle you have them all. You have a custom hand made wing bone call, an old tube call, and the Mack daddy of all custom calls, the friction call referred to by many as simply a slate.

Using Custom Turkey Calls

Calling the ole limb hanger with Creek Bottom Calls

It is easy to go to any ole run of the mill wall mart, and pick up a sack full of cheap run of the mill turkey calls, but there will not produce the sweet turkey sounds like a hand tuned custom call. Oh, no there not even close to sounding like a real life wild turkey.

The realism that only comes from a handmade and tuned custom call made by a real turkey hunter and award winning custom pot call maker, like Tim Oldham jr, owner of Creek Botom Calls.

Tim is an avid turkey hunter good friend fellow NWTF member and multiple award winning custom turkey call maker. Tim talks the talk, and walks the walk from his modest workshop in in southern Indiana. You can check out Tim’s Blog, and give his award winning pot calls a good look at

Hunting Turkeys Using Custom Turkey Calls

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    • Teddletonmr profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Teddleton 

      7 years ago from Midwest USA

      ubanichijioke thanks for the kind words.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      7 years ago from Lagos

      Great tips and wonderful hub

    • Teddletonmr profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Teddleton 

      8 years ago from Midwest USA

      karolynskitchen, great to hear your boys have an interest in calling turkeys. Learning how to use a custom turkey call is a lot of fun for all ages. Custom turkey calls are a great investment, they are collectible, and will last a young hunter a lifetime. When the boys have a question dad needs help with answering, have them contact me. Remember to have fun, when learning to use a custom turkey call and above all give thanks.

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      8 years ago from Indiana

      My boys are just getting into turkey hunting. I will definitely have to look into the custom turkey calls you have here. They will enjoy their turkey hunt when they can call in a turkey just like their dad using a brand-new custom call.

    • Teddletonmr profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Teddleton 

      8 years ago from Midwest USA

      Dolores, you are quite right. Custom turkey calls work very well for bird watchers, who enjoy calling in wild turkeys. With the numbers of wild birds on the rise in many locations, bird watchers have more chances to interact with them. Thanks for the comment, have fun calling to the wild life using a custom call.

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      Dolores Monet 

      8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I am no hunter but I've always wanted to buy some bird calling devices for my kids. They'd get a kick out them! Hey, they might come in handy for birdwatchers too!

    • Teddletonmr profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Teddleton 

      8 years ago from Midwest USA

      Simone Smith, thanks for your comment. Hunting turkeys using custom turkey calls is a lot of fun when using a camra or just for the sake of getting outdoors.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      Fascinating! I've never been hunting, and am a big whimpy vegetarian, but after reading your Hub, I'm ready to go out and give it a try! Yep... I know I have my great grandmother's rifle around here somewhere... though I suppose there are rules to be followed.

      Well, thanks for the information! This is a a subject about which I have thought very little, but one which is most interesting indeed!

    • Teddletonmr profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Teddleton 

      8 years ago from Midwest USA

      Katiem2, thanks for your comment, custom turkey calls are a great thing to collect. Everyone should have at least a dozen or two.

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      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      This is a great turkey hunting resource. I really like the custom Turkey calls, thanks for the tips included in this review of discover how to hunt turkey using custom turkey calls. Well done! :)

    • Teddletonmr profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Teddleton 

      8 years ago from Midwest USA

      habee, thanks for the comment. Have your son in law let me know what he thinks about custom turkey calls .

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I'll pass this great hub on to my son-in-law, the turkey hunter!

    • Teddletonmr profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Teddleton 

      8 years ago from Midwest USA

      Tedd, glad you like it.

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      Tedd Moffett 

      8 years ago

      Very nice work on this! Very informative and very useful tips in this article.


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