Turkey Calling Tips – Use Multiple Turkey Calls

The wild turkey has a unique langue all its own and they can be quite vocal, especially during the spring mating season which also coincides with the primary turkey hunting season in many states throughout the county. The many sounds that turkeys make isn’t the primary focus of this blog, but I did make a very extensive video on that topic some time ago if you’d like to learn more. Click here to check it out.

Why Use Multiple Calling Devices?

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When you’re going after a crafty gobbler there are many different calling strategies that you can use, but no matter what kind of calls you utilize it can be very effective to make those calls on a variety of different calling devices, individually, and even at the same time.

As an example, I use three main calling devices when I head to the turkey woods: a slate call, a box call, and a diaphragm call. Each of these calls has a different tone, a different level of volume, a different overall character, and most importantly, a different frequency. Sometimes a turkey that I’m trying to call in will completely ignore me when I use a diaphragm call and then sound off immediately when I switch to a box call or a slate call. And, sometimes it happens the other way around. The bottom line is that you just never know what sound and especially what frequency will make a gobbler respond, as every bird can be different. Thus, it’s always important to have several different calling devices with you and know how to use them well.

Also, another tactic that you can use when you have several different calls is to sound like several different birds. As another example, if I have a gobbler who doesn’t want to come in, I’ll often sweeten the deal by trying to sound like not just one lone hen, but a whole flock of hens. I’ll run my slate call while using a diaphragm call for a few calling sequences and then switch over to my box call and diaphragm call combination to sound like a whole bunch of different birds. And, depending on the situation, I’ll sometimes finish that sequence with a gobble call to try to make the Tom jealous. Using multiple calls in this manner is also a very effective calling strategy for fall hunting scenarios when I’m trying to sound like a whole flock of turkeys that are feeding or milling around in the area.

Check out the video below to see (and hear!) more…