Turkey hunting can be a thrilling pursuit on those warm Spring mornings, but one that requires patience, skill, and knowledge to truly master.
One of the most important aspects of turkey hunting is calling, as it allows hunters to attract turkeys within shooting range. There are several types of turkey calls available, but the most common are box calls, slate calls, and diaphragm calls. In this blog article, we'll compare the pros/cons of each popular call to help you make an informed decision when choosing the right call for your next turkey hunting trip.
Box calls are the most traditional and widely used turkey calls. They consist of a rectangular box with a paddle that is moved back and forth to create a sound similar to a hen's yelp or cluck. Box calls are easy to use and produce a loud, clear sound that can be heard over long distances. They are also very versatile and can produce a range of turkey calls, from soft purrs to loud gobbles. However, box calls require two hands to operate, which can be a disadvantage if you need to move your gun or adjust your position.
Slate calls, also known as pot calls, consist of a slate or glass surface that is rubbed with a striker to create turkey sounds. Slate calls are more challenging to use than box calls, but they produce a more realistic sound that can fool even the most cautious turkey. Slate calls are also more compact than box calls, making them easier to carry in the field. However, slate calls can be affected by moisture, which can cause the surface to become slick and difficult to use.
Diaphragm calls, also known as mouth calls, are the most challenging type of turkey call to master. They consist of a latex or rubber diaphragm that is placed in the roof of the mouth, and the hunter uses his or her tongue, lips, and breath to create turkey sounds. Diaphragm calls are very compact and leave the hunter's hands free to operate the gun or adjust their position. They also produce the most realistic turkey sounds and are the best choice for hunters who want to call aggressively or mimic multiple turkeys at once. However, diaphragm calls require practice and can be difficult to master, especially for beginners.
Choosing the right turkey call really depends on your skill level and hunting style. Box calls are ideal for beginners and hunters who want a versatile, easy-to-use call. Slate calls are perfect for hunters who want a more realistic sound and don't mind a bit of a learning curve. Diaphragm calls are the best choice for experienced hunters who want the most realistic sound and the most versatility. Whatever call you choose, make sure to practice before your hunt to increase your chances of success.
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