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How would you rate yourself as a turkey caller ?

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7.5 out of 10?  Love me some mouth calls, also do box and slate.  It's a grand old time, been doing in for..... 27 years now.

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I dont rate myself, the birds seem to like me though.. that's all that matters.. nor do I care how I look in camo before I leave the house at 5am....

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I've hunted almost everyday of my life.. the rest have been wasted!

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No  better than average....I am minimalist at turkey calling...I like to keep my calls realistic and simple  and call just enough to get the job done...Mostly yelps and clucks and  perhaps a hard cutt if I feel I need to get the bird more excited..

I started with a box call ( I still have my Lynch World Champion and Foolproof boxes from the 1960s)  but I eventually got reasonably proficient with a diaphragm...Over the years however, something has changed  and I can no longer use the mouth calls..I have a few dozen of them still brand new in the package...I guess it is the " if you don't use it, you'll lose it" syndrome, which applies to other things too <<sigh>>...

My turkey hunting style has changed, also, going from years of running and gunning to mostly static blind hunting now...The extra movement required to run a box call is not much  of an issue when you are concealed in a blind..

I have a couple of custom made wingbone calls, but I never took the time to get proficient with them...I can make chipmunk sounds with them, but not realistic turkey sounds, IMHO..  I always carry a pot and striker that I sometimes use for clucking and purring, but most of the time I use one of my box calls..I think I have about 14, at last count..

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I’m pretty new to turkey hunting. I’ve used a box call and have gotten some responses but never called anything in. I just bought a mouth call. My question is how Loud should I be calling with it?  Loud?  Medium?  

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3 minutes ago, diplomat019 said:

I’m pretty new to turkey hunting. I’ve used a box call and have gotten some responses but never called anything in. I just bought a mouth call. My question is how Loud should I be calling with it?  Loud?  Medium?  

on windy days you may have to ramp up the volume but normal days call quietly and when you think you're calling quietly cut that volume. They'll hear you    Example: in hunting with others and 30 yards apart you shouldn't really even hear each other calling

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Diplomat019-- Buy a Push-Pull Call as well. All due Respect to you-- but you may not master that Diaphragm enough in the next 6 weeks Took me  6 Months. I stopped using Diaphragms in the mid- 1990s. Hope you Bag a big Tom.

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9, I may sound like I am bragging, but I have put my time in the last 15 years, and feel like I have a pretty good handle on what birds like & don't like to hear. If I was REALLY good with a mouth call I'd say 9.5

But, and this is a BIG but, I really don't call a whole lot. It's all about sounding like a hen (or sometimes a gobbler) in the spring, or a hen, poult, or gobbler in the fall, and knowing when to just clam up.

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Like many have stated. Sometimes going quiet is the answer. It’s tough as we want to hear him gobble though.  But if he’s quiet more than likely he’s coming and looking for you. Or he’s got more than enough other hens and doesn’t care about one more. If that’s the case call at the head hen. Pizz her off as theres a new gal in town. 

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I’m pretty new to turkey hunting. I’ve used a box call and have gotten some responses but never called anything in. I just bought a mouth call. My question is how Loud should I be calling with it?  Loud?  Medium?  

About anybody can make a mouth call sound alright when calling loud. Don’t spend much time learning to be loud make that call sound good with your mouth closed at Barely louder than a whisper. That soft talk is what puts turkey in the oil!


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I call Real Loud and Plenty of it the first 7 days of May Plenty of Cutting- 3---1---3---1 or 2--1--2--1. Second Half of May, I switch from my favored 5 Yelps-- to 3 Yelps or  2 Yelps. Hopefully, I can Bag both during the first 2 weeks for once. I took a Small Jake in the last few days of May last year after my car was repaired. 

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4 minutes ago, turkeyfeathers said:

Like many have stated. Sometimes going quiet is the answer. It’s tough as we want to hear him gobble though.  But if he’s quiet more than likely he’s coming and looking for you. Or he’s got more than enough other hens and doesn’t care about one more. If that’s the case call at the head hen. Pizz her off as theres a new gal in town. 

I struggle with pulling them away from hens for sure. Two years ago I had two hens come out on a trot right at me though, like they were pissed and the gobbler was right in tow.  

I am positive I overcall often. I did one time get a gobbler by calling as loud as I could.  Could hear him seems like 1/2 mile away and he just kept coming.  But am sure that isn't the norm.  

Called two in last year but both out of position and I got busted.   And seems like they come in when I am quiet and assume they are looking for that hen.  

When they are roosted close -when and how often do you call? My prob always seems to be they are gobbling close on a roost and then come down and go off with the hens.  They gobble at me early but dont come over, then leave and are hundreds of yards away in other fields.  And it's on private land.  I have tried to piss off the hens too and have them come out but only had that work the once. 

My idea this year is to stay right til noon and try to bring them back to me late morning after chasing hens they are with.

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I'm just proficient enough to make noise on many different types of calls. It's mostly to give them to know that I'm in the woods and I mean business. If they go and get themselves killed, well then, that's their own fault.

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2 minutes ago, moog5050 said:

I either hunt only deaf turkeys or am a -10 on the calling scale.  

You’re wearing scent lock and running ozonics right ?them bastids can smell ;)

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I dont think you need to be much above a one as a caller push a pin and get a Yelp, heck just scratch leaves ..if your woodmanship is high  knowing why a turkey will be someplace and how to set up so they are comfortable going to you is much more important . Any bird that answers you is happy with your calling a great caller is not going to get a bird to come where it isnt comfortable. setting up so it will come look for you where its comfortable is the hard part. 

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I've hunted almost everyday of my life.. the rest have been wasted!

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37 minutes ago, turkeyfeathers said:

You’re wearing scent lock and running ozonics right ?them bastids can smell ;)

Don’t need to.  I only hunt them at night with a thermal.   I just can’t seem to get them in the field even with rabbit in distress.   

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7 hours ago, ODYSSEUS said:

Diplomat019-- Buy a Push-Pull Call as well. All due Respect to you-- but you may not master that Diaphragm enough in the next 6 weeks Took me  6 Months. I stopped using Diaphragms in the mid- 1990s. Hope you Bag a big Tom.

I was apprehensive on using the mouth call this year for what you just said.  

 

I will for sure purchase a push call. 

 

Thanks!

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I was apprehensive on using the mouth call this year for what you just said.  
 
I will for sure purchase a push call. 
 
Thanks!

I’m sure some on here will disagree but once you can make a noise with a mouth cal you’re proficient enough to cal a bird in with one. The turkeys will teach you what they want to here.


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