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Guide to Turkey Calls

Turkey Call : What is it?

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A turkey call is a sound-creating device that mimics animal noises used for luring wild turkeys to come up close for a killing. It can make a variation of sounds depending on the skill and experience of the user. It can make different pitches, rhythms, or speeds for executing different call strategies. 

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Types of Turkey Calls

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Kinds of Turkey Calls include the following:

Box call

  • A box turkey call is used to imitate the clucks, yelps, and purrs of a wild turkey.
  • It is the loudest type of turkey call, reaching and covering a lot of ground.
  • It is ideal for windy days.
  • It consists of a wooden box with thin sidewalls and a hinged lid.
  • The top is dragged across the side of the wall to make various high, screech-like sounds.
  • Chalk is usually applied to the underside of the lid to heighten the friction for making reedy sounds.
  • It should be protected from moisture because it can flatten or deaden the sound.


Slate call

  • A slate turkey call, also called a friction call, is used to mimic the clucks, yelps, and purrs of a wild turkey.
  • It is also used for making soft calls to make a nearby turkey come even closer.
  • It consists of a slate and a separate striker. The striker is dragged across the plate to make screechy sounds.
  • The slate can be made of different materials such as glass, aluminum, or ceramic. Each material gives off a different volume, tone, and sound.
  • The modified versions of slate calls with glass or aluminum plates work well even in wet weather.


Mouth call

  • A mouth turkey call, also called a diaphragm or a tube call, is said to make the most realistic turkey sounds.
  • It uses latex reeds to produce sound.


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Choosing Turkey Calls (Buying tips)

Types:  For a more effective calling, buy at least two different types of turkey calls, one of which should be a mouth call for its hands-free versatility, effectiveness, simplicity, and affordability.  For hunting during windy days, get a box call that gives off a loud sound that can carry over the wind.

Two-tone:  Look for a box call with two-tone chambers to achieve a ringing raspiness.  This type of box call can produce high pitches and deep sounds for making more mature turkey sounds.   

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