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Hunting Tips: Caller Basics
little care goes a long way
of the National Wild Turkey Federation
experiences are more enjoyable than bringing a wily gobbler into bow or
shotgun range by convincing his tuned ear that a lonely hen is waiting
for his visit.
whether pot and peg, mouth diaphragm, wing bone or box variety, are needed
tools in the tool chest of an addicted turkey hunter. Most hunters have
one or more of each call in their vests with quite a few more sitting around
their house or shop.
hunters forget to properly maintain these needed pieces of equipment,”
said Rob Keck, CEO of the National Wild Turkey Federation. “Just a little
bit of effort will improve their sound and ensure a call’s usefulness for
called the pot and peg call, it is now more commonly known for the material
for which it was first made of, slate. Slate calls are now made from a
variety of materials – glass, aluminum, slate – to provide diversity and
are still very popular today.
synthetic and glass materials used in most slate calls today require less
maintenance than the original slate did, but care must be taken to guarantee
quality turkey call sound.
touch the working parts of the call with fingers or anything containing
oil, because this can change the sound or even ruin the call,
store the call in a plastic bag or holster in a cool dry place,
call in only one direction to ensure the best possible sound,
striker tip to clean it of dirt and oil, and sand it in only one direction
just like the call.
turkey hunters started with the box call for its ease of use, versatility
and sound quality. These same hunters still use them for the same reasons,
as well as the high volume of which they are capable. Made from combinations
of wood, box calls require the most care of all turkey calls.
slate calls, box calls should never be sanded. Try to not touch the striking
surfaces of the call as the oils in the skin can affect the sound and life
of the call,
chalk that is free of oil and only use it on the underside of the lid,
not the edges,
the call in a large plastic bag to prevent moisture from warping the wood.
more difficult to learn than other calls, master turkey hunters swear by
the mouth call. Its versatility allows a hunter to make every turkey vocalization
needed in the spring or fall turkey woods. The mouth call costs less than
other calls and are very simple to care for.
don’t store their favorite firearm after the season without conducting
basic cleaning and maintenance to ensure its reliable service. Put the
same effort into maintaining your calls and they’ll last for years.
in a case or plastic bag in the refrigerator when not in use,
let it get hot or the latex in the call will expand and change the sound,
calls, place a toothpick between the reeds when storing to keep them from
the call with cold water regularly, and occasionally spray it with antiseptic
to eliminate germs and bacteria.
more information, contact the National Wild Turkey Federation by visiting
the web site at www.nwtf.org or call
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