5 Turkey Calling Hunting Tips
These are a few turkey calling tips that can be effectively used while turkey hunting. Remember to practice the use of the calls to become more proficient.
1. Change Call Direction
Instead of calling in the same direction repeatedly, rotate your calling from side to side and front to back. Do this by changing your body positions accordingly. This will prevent the gobbler from getting an exact location of your position. In doing so, the gobbler will have to seek you out. It will often prevent the gobbler from hanging up prior to arrival.
2. Muffle Calling Volume
Although not always, but more often than not, soft calling will be better than loud calling. On a diaphragm or other mouth calls, place one or both hands over your mouth when calling to muffle the sounds. When using box, striker, or other friction type hand calls, apply less pressure when executing the calls to reduce the volumes.
3. Calling A Roosted Gobbler
When it comes to calling a gobbler on the roost the idea is to simply let the gobbler know of your position. Use a few soft clucks and yelps. Obviously if the gobble responds with a gobble then he is aware of your general location. In most cases it is not necessary to continue calling until the gobbler is on the ground.
However, just because the gobbler does not gobble does not mean that he is not aware of your location. Sometimes gobblers just don’t gobble while on the roost. The gobbler may still fly down towards your setup area.
4. Calling After Fly Down
Once the gobbler has flown down from the roost continue with an occasional soft yelp, purr, and cluck. If you think the gobbler is not headed your way add a few excited cutts to the sequence. However, remember that if the soft calling is working then there is no need to increase the volume or excitement level. It is very easy to call too loud or too often so whenever possible keep it soft and infrequent.
5. Master A Variety Of Calls
One of the best tips dealing with calling a turkey is the use of a variety of calls. There are dozens of available styles such as diaphragm mouth calls, box calls, wing bone calls, striker calls, tube calls, and many others. By learning to use many different calls you will be able to offer a better selection of tones and sounds to the turkey. Often being able to change to another call may be what it takes to bring the gobbler in to the setup area.