Turkey calls are available in various sounds, sizes, and shapes. The person operating the call is just as varied, as they can accomplish a broad range of cutts, putts, clucks, purrs, and yelps that sound anywhere from acoustic torture to natural imitations.
The art of turkey calling is one that can take lots of practice. Some people get the hang of it within days, and others need weeks or even months instead. However, before any turkey hunter can master doing turkey calling and then hunting with it, they have to pick the right turkey call in the first place. The modern market has anywhere from hundreds to thousands of options on the market.
You need to know what kind of call to get, and several kinds are the most common ones. The box call is a kind of friction call, often made as a wooden box that has a thin edge with a wooden lid that is typically chalked in order to strike the box edge to initiate a call. Turkey diaphragm calls, on the other hand, are pieces of plastic shaped like a horseshoe, and they have latex that is stretched across a reed; this call is initiated using a blowing action.
Turkey pot calls are another kind of friction call which uses a striker to initiate a call on the surface of the call’s pot, which can be metal, slate, glass, and other things. Push/pull calls are simple devices that have a paddle which activates a striker plate.
The kind that you want to use will largely depend on the style of turkey hunting that you regularly do. You might be someone that hunts from a blind or sits behind a decoy. Alternatively, you might use more assertive tactics like fanning or reaping.
Complicating things are locator calls which can prove crucial to turkey hunting but aren’t technically calls for a turkey. Instead of simulating turkeys, they offer the sounds and calls that help you find turkeys. They might sound like crows, hawks, owls, or even pileated woodpeckers, and they can all wind up stimulating tom gobbling. This helps you find a gobbler as he’s on his roost, or just find the area of field, holler, or timber where he’ll be before you decide to make your move in.
Even if you’ve been turkey hunting for a while, it’s worth looking over the market at the newest, latest, and greatest calls. The reason for this is that while they’ve been around a long time, they simply keep getting better every year. Innovative products are made by expert hunters, and their nearly perfect imitations are as pleasing to the ears of turkeys as they are professional hunters.