There are many choices in turkey call styles. Many turkey hunters prefer the diaphragm call, others will tell you the box call is the best turkey attractor ever. The truth is you need to learn how to use all of the available turkey calls. Why? On any given day, a gobbler may respond better to the sound of one turkey call over another.
Producing different sounds and pitches will trigger a response just because a turkey likes it. And this is true even within the same style of call. For example, slate calls from the same manufacturer will have a different pitch, so will boxes, glass, and mouth calls. As well, different friction call strikers will change the tone of a turkey call. Mastering several call types and the accessories for them can mean the difference between frustration and success this season.
Banded and Avery Customer Service Specialist Stephen Pitt has taken over 100 turkeys around the country and the world. He has a World Slam under his belt (Eastern, Merriam, Osceola, Rio Grande, Gould’s, and Ocellated) and logs as many hours as possible in the woods every spring. He explained his call choices for spring turkey hunting. “I typically carry two types of calls, diaphragm and slate/glass. I will have at least half a dozen diaphragm mouth calls in my vest along with three slates and four strikers for them. With that lineup, I can sound like countless hens, just changing the striker will alter the pitch significantly with a slate or glass call and instantly you become a new hen.”
Pitt has seen a gobbler that as totally silent suddenly sound off at the change of calls. “I’ve been hunting with friends before with them calling and getting no response. Then I will try a new call and that silent tom is suddenly fired up and gobbling his head off. So, I always try multiple calls if my initial efforts seem to be falling on deaf ears.” He also has calls that are softer and louder in his arsenal because of varying weather conditions. Calm days need less volume than those producing with high winds.
Successful turkey hunters all have a least one thing in common. They are willing to adapt if what they are doing isn’t working. Giving up isn’t in their vocabulary. Add some calls to your arsenal, learn how to use them, and don’t be afraid to even if you don’t think your skill with a call is adequate. Hen turkeys do not sound perfect, remember this fact and keep hunting hard this spring.
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