Turkey Calling Tips for Beginners

New to turkey hunting? Check out the videos below from World Champion Turkey Caller, Josh Grossenbacher and really learn how to talk turkey this year.

How To Use a Mouth Call for Turkey Hunting

There are three parts to a diaphragm or mouth call: the tape, the frame and the latex reed. The mouth call goes in tape end first and reed facing outward. Rest the call on your tongue and press it to the roof of your mouth to create a seal with your palate. Pushing air through the call causes the reeds to vibrate and produce those turkey sounds. Changing the pressure with your tongue and airflow changes the tone of the call. Once you practice getting sound out and holding tones, you can then begin practicing rhythm and cadence as that is the most important aspect of calling turkeys.

How to Use a Slate/Glass Call for Turkey Hunting

Slate or pot style calls are a type of friction turkey call. It has two pieces, a slate or glass “pot” and a striker. Hold the striker like a pencil and flip the top end away so the striker is at an angle moving back towards you. Create a yelp by making a small circle, oval or diagonal motion without lifting the striker. The down motion creates sound but the upward motion should not. To make a cluck, just slightly pop the striker towards you. Cutting is a faster pace than the clucks. Mix cutting and yelping together for a more realistic series of turkey calls.


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