If you’re looking for turkey calls to try this year, check these 10 out.
There are a lot of turkey calls on the market – a plethora of brands, call varieties, price ranges, and overall call functions – and that fact can make it difficult for a turkey hunter to pick the “right” calling device.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of 10 of our favorite turkey hunting calls. From box calls to diaphragm calls, gobble calls to friction calls, and even electronic soundboard calls, we’ve got everything covered here. All 10 calls are worth trying, whether you’re a first-timer or a 30-year turkey hunt veteran.
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For good reason, many turkey hunters make a hobby of collecting beautifully crafted wooden box calls. This Jerry Martin Signature Series entry from RedHead, a long box call with a laser-etched turkey on the front and the ability to create loud, high-pitched turkey yelps, would make a good addition to virtually any hunter’s collection. The “long box” design also helps this call create rasps and yelps that travel long distances, perfect if your turkey hunting property is a particularly sprawling acreage or farm. And with expert turkey caller Jerry Martin’s name on the product, you know it’s a winner.
If you are indeed a box call collector, then this finely made, limited-edition call from Primos – considered by many to be the finest maker of animal calls – is a can’t-miss. The idea behind this particular “limited edition” series is a pretty cool one: over the next four years, Primos will release four different collector calls, each highlighting a different sub-species of turkey with artwork and sound. This year’s call is dedicated to the “Eastern Wild Turkey,” while the next three years will see specialized calls for the Osceola, Merriam, and Rio Grande turkeys. Primos will only produce 1,200 calls for each limited run.
If you want pure function over collectibility, then this highly-rated diaphragm call absolutely needs to be in your arsenal. Part of the “Michael Waddell Mouth Call Series” – a collection of turkey call designs that veteran turkey hunter has used to win competitions all over the country – the Spur Collector is built from blended latex and features a triple-reed design, both factors that help it to make a variety of different and versatile turkey call sounds.
If you need a specific turkey sound – like a mature female hen, for instance – then Hunter’s Specialties, with their H.S. Strut Premium Flex line, should be on your mind. This particular call – just one entry in the series – makes a dependable and realistic mature female turkey sound, retains its shape for the long term, and it’s nearly impossible to leave behind thanks to its bright yellow color.
Touted in press materials as “the easiest to use, best sounding turkey gobble call on the market,” the Hale Fire does indeed balance design, ease of use, affordability, and crispness of sound for what might well be the perfect beginner’s turkey call. The call is a beauty from an aesthetic standpoint – the perfect start to a turkey call collection – and even the least experienced callers can hardly go wrong with its single-reed design.
Another wonderfully simplistic and amazingly affordable turkey call that is a must-have for beginning hunters, the RedHead Push Pull Box Call creates loud and incredibly realistic turkey sounds, and all you have to do is manipulate the friction between the box and the rod that comes with it. Calls like this one – referred to in the turkey calling world as “push-button” calls – are a lot of fun to fool around with to see which turkey sounds you can generate using different motions and speed of friction. The RedHead Push Pull Box Call was made for that kind of experimentation, but is also a lethal item in the hands of an expert.
Combining a high-quality walnut pot, a wooden striker, and a glass top creates the widest range of turkey calls possible. The glass is used for higher-pitch frequencies and added rasp, while the walnut pot creates the base of the sound with crisp and loud yelps or cutts. Talkin’ Stick claims that their calls will “deliver the goods” for you when you are in the woods, and this particular product, with its careful and beautiful design, makes good on that promise. It’s a “must try” call in the glass call and pot-and-peg categories.
Working with the same pot-and-peg striker interface as the previous call, but utilizing aluminum to create its call sounds rather than walnut and glass, this M.A.D. Calls product earns its own “must try” status thanks to its unique ability to produce super frequencies of up to 15,000 Hz. With yelps and clucks like that, turkeys will come running from far and wide to investigate the source.
9. Turkey Hunting Calls Android App
First released in 2010, this turkey-calling mobile application has since become the preferred turkey-calling app on the Android platform. Featuring 12 different turkey calls – including clucks, yelps, cutts, and assembly calls – this application is as versatile as they come. Some hunters still don’t care much for electronic calls of any variety, let alone electronic calls that use the speakers of a mobile phone to generate a turkey call. However, this app – with its hundreds of thousands of downloads, its glowing 4.3-star overall rating, and its attractive price tag of “Free” – is something that all turkey callers should at least try out.
10. Free Turkey Calls iPhone App
If you are an Apple iOS user rather than an Android devotee, that doesn’t mean you need to live without free and versatile turkey call apps. “Free Turkey Calls” is the best turkey app you will find in the Apple app store, and while it’s not quite as highly-rated as Android’s Turkey Hunting Calls, it’s still worth downloading and stowing in your phone or iOS device. You never know when you might accidentally leave your diaphragm call or pot-and-peg apparatus at home, and when you do, this soundboard of turkey calls could save your bacon.