Box calls are versatile, great sounding and relatively easy to use. They are or can be sensitive to moisture and work great in dry conditions. Box calls make the putts, purrs, clucks and yelps really come to life. The box call can be mastered by anyone with a little bit of practicing and time. This call doesn’t take up much space in your pocket and are lightweight. Box calls are one of the calls for that beginner turkey hunter.
Diaphragm or mouth calls are probably the most difficult calls to master, out of all the turkey calls out there. Once you have mastered it, this call fills a vital niche. This call is versatile allowing hunters to produce soft clucks ans purrs but at the same time, the diaphragm or mouth can reach high frequencies and long-range calls. Most hunters will say the diaphragm or mouth call is the perfect call for drawing in that monster tom in those last couple of yards. They wouldn’t be for beginner hunters or if you are just starting out.
Push bottom call are the easiest call to learn, when you use the push button calls, they make a realistic yelps, clucks and purrs with the simple push of a button. They can be manipulated effectively with one hand so when that big tom is coming in you can hold your gun in one hand and still be drawing it in with the other hand. This call is perfect for first time turkey hunters, as there really is no need for practicing as all you are doing is pushing a button.
Friction or slate calls are made from a range of different material like, slate, aluminum, titanium, crystal (resin), plexiglass and copper. These calls are the most versatile calls out there. Friction or slate take more effort to master than other calls out there but serious turkey hunters wouldn’t go into the woods without them. They make a more realistic high-pitched sounds that go the distances and impervious to wet conditions. Once you have mastered the friction or slate, you can change it up by getting a different striker which can create a totally different frequency, sound and volume. Strikers come in carbon, hickory, purple heart, plexiglass, wire, and aluminum. Having one or more strikers can be beneficial to your hunt.
The last but not least, is the locator call. This call does just what the name implies, it locates gobblers. Loud, high-pitched calls often work well for locating hot birds but make sure to use mellow, natural-sounding calls too. Hunters say this is the most effective way to locate nearby toms. It is a great call to use when you aren’t sure where to sit or know where the birds are going.
Successful turkey hunters will carry several different calls to make sure they have every situation covered. There would be nothing worse than being in your prime spot with a gobbler and not being able to entice him to come in. Remember to always be safe out there and good luck on your turkey hunt.