If you haven’t been successful in the past it may have been because of your calls, these 10 calls will help you take a turkey this spring.
If you’ve only ever tried to take a turkey using a call you picked up at Wal-Mart or at your local sporting goods store, chances are that either the call doesn’t sound enough like turkeys, or more likely, that the turkeys have learned the sound of your call and know to stay away from it.
If one of those sounds like you, then you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to show you 10 calls you may have never seen, that will help you take a turkey this spring.
First up let’s have a look at some friction calls. Friction calls are all manipulated with your hands and use…you guessed it…friction to create the sounds you hear. Friction calls come in many different sizes and shapes and can be used to make a ton of different turkey sounds. Let’s take a look at a few.
1. A Box Call
This is a box call that was handcrafted by Irving Whitt from Greenwood, South Carolina. Whitt has been one of the best in the custom call business for many years and his box calls are second to none. When played well, these boxes will give you everything from a purr to a monster gobble and everything in-between.
Prices on his website start at $150, but if you follow him, you might get lucky and catch one on discount. The call pictured above is actually part of a giveaway happening at the end of the spring turkey season; who knows you might just own it one day?
2. A Slate Pot
A good slate pot call is one of the easiest calls out there to learn to play, and can be one of the most effective. The call pictured above is from Madhatter Calls by Dean “Redbeard” Mundhenke. Redbeard has been in the call-making game for quite some time and his ‘track player’ calls are known to be some of the best.
3. A Glass Pot
Once you’ve mastered the slate pot call, the next step is moving up to glass. A glass pot is not quite as forgiving as slate but once you’ve learned how to play it, you can really make it sing.
The call above is made by Kimmy Hanks of Hanks Game Calls, winner of the 2016 D.D. Abrams award for best friction calls at the 2016 NWTF Grand National Call Making Competition. His glass calls start at $49.95 and will call in turkeys all day long.
4. Alternative Surface Calls
If you want something with a different sound than slate or glass look no further than Clint Corder’s Calls. The call pictured above has a ceramic surface and Corder also makes awesome copper and aluminum calls.
The only downside is the waiting list. It currently takes anywhere from one to two years to get one of his calls, but the wait is well worth it.
5. A Purr Pot
A purr pot is small slate pot designed specifically to get a perfect purr sound. It has no second sound board and thus the sounds are not amplified keeping the purr at an appropriate soft sound level.
The purr pot is a very underrated call and is one that deserves a place in every turkey vest, as it can often be just what the old, big gobblers need to get within range. The purr pot starts at just $20 from Buckner Custom Calls.
Air Operated Calls
The next type of turkey calls we’ll look at are air operated calls. There are, again a wide range of calls here that can play a big part in making sure that you are able to bring home a longbeard this spring.
6. A Wingbone Call
Wingbone calls have been around for hundreds of years, and during that time, not many of them have been made any better than what Kevin Lynch of Kevin Lynch Wingbone Calls will give you.
Every call Lynch makes is custom to exactly what you want, down to the color of the thread, and what’s great is that he will even make you a call from the wingbones of a turkey you’ve harvested. These are a great way to remember your favorite turkey kills and help prepare for the next season at the same time.
7. A Trumpet Call
If you’re not quite ready for a wingbone call, a trumpet is the easier option. A trumpet is hand turned and is uniform where a wingbone is whatever shape the bones happen to be.
The trumpet pictured above was crafted by Billy McCallister, one of the best trumpet builders around. Contact him via Natural Addiction Custom Calls to find out more about his trumpets.
8. Diaphragm Mouth Calls
Diaphragm mouth calls are often hit and miss. They are usually pretty inexpensive to buy and there are a lot of brands out there. One you know you can trust is Dead End Game Calls. Mitchell Johnston is a world class turkey caller and uses the same methods in building every call he sales, as he does his own. All of his mouth calls will bring in turkeys and and he even has a line for kids with smaller mouths.
9. A Gobble Call
Sometimes to get an aggressive bird to respond you have to gobble at them, and if you’re going to gobble at them you’ll probably want to use a Haint Gobble Call.
These calls can be a little tricky to figure out how to use, but once you’ve mastered it there’s nothing that will get you closer to a real gobble that doesn’t have feathers.
10. A Locator Call
You get two for the price of one with the locator calls. Every time I go turkey hunting, I always carry at least two different locator calls with me. One for night and one for day.
First up is a Harrison Hoot’n Stick by James Harrison. This is one of the best and easiest owl hooters on the market. Anytime you are in the woods before sunrise or after it gets dark just give a few hoots on one and you’ll find out exactly where the turkeys are roosting. Making your job of finding them much easier.
After the sun comes up you’ll need something a little different to get the gobblers to sound off and a crow call is just the thing. If your looking for a world class crow call, there are none better than Buckner Custom Calls who have won more national championships for their crow calls than any other call maker. Go check them out today and with their lifetime guarantee, there’s nothing to lose.
So, now that you know what you need, it’s just a matter of picking out your favorites and getting in some practice before heading out into the woods, and if you have all 11 of these calls and still can’t take a turkey then you’re probably hunting in the wrong place.
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