The number of calls on the market is astounding, but with these four turkey calls, you'll being killing toms in no time.
There are so many turkey calls on the shelves but you don't need them all...
The first call any turkey hunter should buy is a box call. They are easy to operate and sound like a real turkey. By gripping the call differently or using both sides of the box, you can sound like more than one turkey.
The box call is probably the most underrated and underused call in the turkey woods. Many experienced turkey hunters label the box call a "beginner's call," but experts know that this call can often bring in turkeys when nothing else will.
Pot and Peg Call
Pot and peg calls consist of a pot with a calling surface of slate, glass, aluminium, or a number of other materials and a striker. To use one, hold the striker like you would a pencil, hold the pot on your fingertips (holding it against your palm will muffle the sound,) and drag the striker across the calling surface.
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Pot and peg calls are great calls for beginners and experienced hunters alike. A good hand with a pot and peg can yelp, cutt, and cluck and purr like a real turkey. Using different strikers will give you a different tone. Some calls include more than one calling surface, adding versatility.
Also known as a mouth call, diaphragm calls work by running air across latex reeds stretched across a horseshoe shape piece of aluminium. These reeds are held in place by tape, which can be trimmed to fit your palate.
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Diaphragm calls are the most overused calls in the woods. If you are just learning to call turkeys, try to use your box and pot and peg calls to bring the gobbler into range. That said, even turkey hunters that can't call like pros should have a diaphragm call in their mouths. They are perfect for making a sharp putt to get a gobbler to raise his head for the shot and, with practice, these calls make the most realistic turkey sounds.
Sometimes you want a turkey to give away his location without letting him know yours. That's where the crow call comes into play. Choose a call with a high and raspy sound. Blast a couple short bursts of air through the call and listen.
By making a turkey shock gobble, you will be able to determine the best setup location without having to worry about overrunning the bird. Crow calls are also great for locating birds on the roost. In the morning, try to be the first crow to call just as it's breaking daylight. In the evening, wait until you think the birds have flown up. If they give away their location, you'll know just where to set up. Unlike owl hooters, crow calls can be used to locate turkeys throughout the day.
There you have it. The only four turkey calls you'll ever need. Get practicing and get out and kill a trophy bird this spring.