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There are many different brands and types of calls.  I am only going to discuss the ones I have had success using.  I am not saying the only calls I use or have listed are the best.  I am simply saying these are the calls that have produced turkey harvest for me.  When trying to learn how to use a turkey call I would start out with the very basics.  Which is the box call.  The box call is the simplest call available.  The main thing to remember when using a box call is rhythm.  The Eastern turkey has a slower way of “talking” than the Merriam turkey or the Osceola.  Not to say you can’t use this call to kill any of the species of turkey.  I am not going to get into all the different species of turkey calling.  I know only about the Eastern turkey.  I have never had the privilege as some of you reading this have of hunting the other species.  That is a dream of mine I hope to see some day.  I wanted to include the little bit of knowledge in the reading so people in Arizona wouldn’t read this and try to mock the sounds of the Eastern to kill the other species.  They aren’t that different but they are a little difference in the way each specie sounds and the rhythm of they’re calling.  Enough about the other species.

HOME ABOUT ME CONTACT ME STRATEGIES CALL TYPES First is the box call.  The box call is the easiest to use.  A box call is most often made from wood, but aluminum box calls can be used in all weather, and that is a plus when inclement weather threatens to spoil a turkey hunt. Slide the lid of the box call across the open surface to create a call.  The advantage of hunting with the box call is volume.  This is the call I use to locate a Tom.  They have such a loud volume.  A tom can hear them for hundreds of yards.


The next call to learn to master is the slate call.  The slate call is made of slate, glass, and I have even seen some aluminum.  This is the call I use to purr when I need to imitate the sound of that ol’ hen purring.  This is the call I go to.  Try out a slate turkey call. Pull a striker across a specially designed circular surface. The striker and sounding board can be made of several different materials. The slate style turkey call produces some of the very best turkey calls. Purchase several varieties of strikers and sounding boards.  The different kinds of strikers’ will trick that tom into thinking each striker is a different turkey.  So if one type of striker doesn’t get him turned on try a different one.
Next, once you feel you have mastered or have killed a few birds using the friction and box calls.  Move up to the diaphragm.  This is the most difficult to master.  The easiest way to learn to use a diaphragm is buy a cd of turkey sounds.  As you commute to work listen to the calls and try to learn them.  Don’t make the mistake of being unprepared and try to put off practice.  Trust me the better you are at calling.  The greater your chances are fort a harvest. Try to mock the calls while listening.  By this time you should know how to talk turkey a little so use your knowledge of what you have heard in the woods.  There are a few basic kinds of calls you need to learn to make with the diaphragm.  They are the yelp, cluck, cutt, and purr most important is the yelp.  These calls can be learned and used to greatly help you increased your chances of killing that old tom.  The more toys and tricks you have the more likely it is you can get him fired up and talking.  A skilled turkey hunter knows several different calls which are used to call in birds under different circumstances.  That’s why it is important to learn to use these different type of calls and make different kinds of calls to sound more like a natural hen.  This will tempt that tom beyond his control.