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Turkey Calls & How to Use Them

a tom turkey being lured by a few turkey calls
When you’re tom turkey is strutting by make sure you call him over with one of several turkey calls. Find the best one that will suit your needs this hunting season.

Turkey hunting season is almost upon us, so it’s time to spruce up on your turkey calls! There are plenty of different types of turkey calls to choose from. Find the best call to suit your needs when you’re hunting this season.

Types of Turkey Calls

Box Turkey Calls

Box calls create turkey sounds with the friction created by sliding the lid across the surface of the box. Box calls are convenient and are capable of producing more volume than any other call.

Friction Turkey Calls

Friction calls may be the most common turkey calls because they are easy to use and create lifelike turkey sounds. Friction calls usually features a round surface, the sounds is created by drawing a peg, or “striker”, across the surface. Friction call surfaces can be slate, aluminum, glass or a variety.

Push Button Turkey Calls

Push button calls are the simplest of all turkey calls to use, and create realistic turkey sounds. While considered a “beginner’s turkey call”, a push button call functions by pushing and/or pulling a button on the end of the call, forcing a surface across a peg.

Tube Turkey Calls

As simple as it looks, a tube turkey call can produce a wide variety of yelps, clucks, purrs, and gobbles made by turkeys. Tube turkey calls are perfect to use on windy days as they are loud enough so the sound will not get lost.

Diaphragm Turkey Calls

Diaphragm calls are inserted entirely in the user’s mouth. They require significant practice to learn how to use correctly. Once the diaphragm turkey call has been mastered, you will be able to produce realistic yelps, clucks, purrs, and “kee-kee” whistles that gobblers mistake for hen calls.

Wingbone Turkey Calls

Wingbone turkey calls are the oldest type of calls. They were originally made from the wingbones of a turkey, and some still are. Today, wingbone turkey calls are made from man-made materials. They are a suction type call. The sounds are made with quick, forceful sucking motions. Good wingbone calls make a hollow sounding yelp.


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