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#1 garciakcfan

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 05:36 PM

Hey guys,

Last year was my first year of overall hunting.. It was great learned a lot and was comfortable with my gun after a few times out... I really love turkey hunting (even though i have yet to shoot one) but i'm clueless on what brands to buy.. I have a slate call which is a piece of crap imo and a owl call which doesnt sound like an owl at all.. kinda sounds like a mule or something stupid like that, so i dont even think it works right.. So i practiced my calls last year and have the kee kee down pretty good and have been buying them from a site i found out of PA.. I have a quaker boy box call which i like but would like to upgrade it to something nicer. so where do i begin and im determined this year to finally get one of those suckers.. thanks in advance..

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 06:37 PM

Good Luck Mike & welcome aboard.
Lots of good turkey hunters here & Jeremiah is a real pro so check out the resources venue listed. I'm partial to Slate calls and a couple mouthcalls. Never broke down and bought a good quality box call so I know I'm missing out on a time tested turkey tool. I've been blessed to take a number of PA gobblers but sure have alot to learn!Posted Image
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 06:57 PM

Hey guys,

Last year was my first year of overall hunting.. It was great learned a lot and was comfortable with my gun after a few times out... I really love turkey hunting (even though i have yet to shoot one) but i'm clueless on what brands to buy.. I have a slate call which is a piece of crap imo and a owl call which doesnt sound like an owl at all.. kinda sounds like a mule or something stupid like that, so i dont even think it works right.. So i practiced my calls last year and have the kee kee down pretty good and have been buying them from a site i found out of PA.. I have a quaker boy box call which i like but would like to upgrade it to something nicer. so where do i begin and im determined this year to finally get one of those suckers.. thanks in advance..

mike



Howdy, welcome to the forums. You know, I've been hunting since I was 8 years old, I'm turning 56 in a couple weeks, and I just really got into turkey hunting about 4 years ago. I thank my son for that. Man am I ever hooked now. I have an old Lynch World Champion box call circa 1958 that my brother-in-law gave me. My buddy here, Paul aka PA Ridgerunner, has one like it and he'll tell you, I don't think a sweeter sounding call was ever made. They are bringing well over $200 on Ebay these days and It would take a lot more than that to buy mine. I'm betting Paul feels the same as we both have sentimental ties to those old calls too. I'm not the best caller and I've tried all these little push button calls, I haven't found one worth the price yet. Though my son is a wiz with a mouth call, they only serve the purpose of bringing to daylight the last thing I ate with me. Posted Image I stick to a box call now and then and I rely heavily on slate type calls. Personaly, I like the slate better than all these new glass and metal ones. A while back we had a turkey contest on here and I won. One of the prizes sent me was a Primos Ol' Glory with Frictionite. Whatever the heck Frictionite is? Anyways, it's become my number one call. I've since collected a variety of strikers in differant kinds of wood and eachh produces a differant sound. Often an old Tom will ignore one but come running when I switch to a differant striker. Of key importance too is keeping the surface of the plate and tip of the striker lightly sanded to increase friction. Also, depending on where on the surface you strike can greatly vary the sound too. Just things to keep in mind before tossing out your slate call. I also use a H.S. Strut Field Champion "Natural" box call too now and then. It never hurts to be versatile. Talk with as many turkey hunters as you can and most will be happy to show and demonstrate their calls and you know the real kicker? I've personally witnessed the awfulest sounding calls bring a Tom running and heard real live hens sound like they were being strangled yet the Toms loved them just the samePosted Image Hope this helps ya, we've got a lot of exsperienced turkey hunters on here, and yeppers, we love to talk turkey!Posted Image

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 08:23 PM

Hi and welcome to our little family. Yea Spirithawk is right the turkey bug done bit me and I am severely addicted. I hunt them both spring and fall. The styles of hunting are very different from spring to fall. In the spring you need to locate a gobbler while it is still dark early in the morning or watch one go to roost in the evening. You then sneak up to 100 yds or closer depending on how thick the woods are. Set up with your back to a tree preferably at least as wide as your shoulders. Don't be surprised if that wily old tom sneaks up behind you. If that tom will not come in most likely he has hens with him. Best look for another bird if he won't come in but you may be able to call him in later that same morning. Sometimes a hung up gobbler can be called from another spot move back about 50 yds and set up again and try, you have nothing to lose but everything to gain. As for calls I like my Lynch box call, slate calls and even the mouth call but I can't seem to make those mouth calls work very well. I have even made a couple of wingbone calls but definately have not mastered it yet. The kee kee call is best used in the fall. I do not use a gobbler call as that just invites some one to take a pot shot at you. Just listen to either a real turkey or recorded calls and try to match the cadence of a real hen. Like others have already said some of the worst sounding calls I have heard came from a real hen. I do not let them get close enough so I might hit them, I let em come close enough that I cannot miss. You need to pattern your shotgun from 10 yds out to about 40 yds so you know your pattern at close and far ranges. I can't wait for that adrenelin rush of a gobbling turkey. Is it time to go yet.
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 09:35 PM

Kinda new around here but I definitely have my favorite turkey calls.

Friction calls I choose Supreme Turkey calls . Conservatively I have seen 500 gobblers get their heads smacked after being suckered by them. I particularly like the Pure death Pinnacle which I field tested for them a half dozen years back. I am also real fond of the old double suicide walnut. IMO they are amongst the finest of handmade custom friction calls.Steve and I have hunted all over the country and his calls have fit the bill everywhere we have been. http://www.supremeturkeycalls.com

Mouth Calls is a no brainer. I buy legacy by Willam Terry from right here in South Cacalaky. I prefer the leading lady which is a three reed split v and has accounted for more toms than most will see in a lifetime. I never go to the woods without one. My back up is a Cane Creek Toughman which is also a great mouth call. They also go to the woods with me every day.

Box calls I like and there are many out ther ethat do the job. I am particularly fond of Craig Kings long boxes. http://www.widowmakercalls.com. He is a personal friend and turkey hunting buddy. All I can say is they talk boss hen and they kill gobblers. That said they are not a newbie call and do require some proficiency to get the best out of them. However if you know your way around a box call they are as fine as any you will find. I really like the gobbler starter in cedar.

Scratch boxes. buy from Craig and dont look back. the butternut is awesome, easy to play and pure turkey. The cedar wicked and the walnut while finickyto play at times, the right medicine for over called birds.

Buy what you will, much of a good turkey call is in the guy playing it. I can kill a turkey any given day with wall mart calls. I know what to say when. But when you hunt commercial ground like I do with other very competent callers sometimes sound becomes the difference. These mentioned are my choices as a long time professional guide. My record speaks for itself when it comes to bring in the birds.

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 10:36 PM

No joke the supreme calls are very very good. They are high dollar calls though.

Knight and Hale's Yella Hammer is probably the best "box store" slate.

For semi-custom affordable calls. I'm very pleased with Perfection slates and mouth calls. Perfection's Screaming Demon II isn't cheap but it is a fabulous slate call. My two favorite Perfection mouth calls are the regular red (single reed) and the "batman call" (triple reed). All their diaphragm calls are hand stretched. All their other calls are tuned before shipping.

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I've taken a number of gobblers using the Perfection calls.

Jeremiah does indeed know his stuff here about turkey calls.
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:33 PM

Had alot of debates over the years about the cost of Steves calls. No doubt they are amongst the most expensive out there. That said, they are also amongst the most consistent and finest finished calls I put my hands on. When I order a call from him it is everything I expected. There is a value there for discriminating buyers. I will also say again, in most cases I can kill every bird I kill with a Pure Death with a Primos Power Crystal. Much of a calls effectiveness is in the hands and methods of the user. i cant stress that enough.

What I look for in a turkey call is consistent sound, playability, and most times I also put a heavy grade on quality of build and finish. As a lifetime carpenter I certainly appreciate a fine piece of wood with a fine finish.To me this warrant a higher price. But i am no dummy, I know I cant get similar results with cheaper built products. Then again I buy and drive nice vehicles even though a beater volkswagon would get me back and forth to work.

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 06:37 AM

Brands of calls are like brands of vehicles or anything else. One will swear by them and another swear at them. For mouth calls I prefer Penns Woods or Quaker boy calls. As said previously I prefer my over 50 yr old Lynch World Champion box call. For pot calls I have two custom made ones that are truly awesome. One I won in a contest is made by Heirloom calls and came with 4 different strikers. I also in certain circumstances use decoys. Use of decoys can be as dangerous as using a gobbler call but they do work. A few years ago I bought a turkey vest and it is full of turkey toys. Something else that I do not leave home without is a small folding seat and a cushion. Once settled in you must be comfortable and sit still. A turkey will spot just about any movement and will be spooked very easily. Camo up from head to toe sit still and you are in the ball game.
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Posted 08 September 2009 - 08:37 AM

Thanks for all the advice so far. I think my slate call is just a cheap one, it was only like 8 dollars and i practiced it a few times and more times than not it sounded like scratching a chalk board. But like I said, this year im trying to step it up a notch and buy some quality calls. I cant wait, 3 weeks and counting. BTW I hunt in WNY, south of buffalo. I didnt even see a turkey last year let alone try to shoot one. But more or less last year I learned the woods, got comfortable with my shotgun and learned a bunch just about being an outdoorsmen. Im 29 and was wondering why I didnt do this earlier in life because im hooked now...

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 12:43 PM

My first turkey hunts took place in Steuben cty NY a couple of decades ago. Done a bunch of outdoor activities in that area over the years.

PA Ridge Runner. I have had some super success with dekes. As a guide they bring me advantages. They help focus my hunters attention, give them yardage markers, as well as bring birds to a predictable spot in front of the gun. Not to mentiuon they take a turkeys eyes off my hunter in most cases. However when I hunt solo I rarely use them, preferring to use terrain features to hide the hen from an approaching gobbler. example a bend in a road bed, or field edge , or just over the rise.

The seat is an excellent tip. I use a buck lick creek style vest with a built in stadium seat. What ever works is whats important an uncomfortable hunter is a fidgety hunter. Moving in the woods while turkey hunting is definitely a no no.

I like that Lynch box too. I have several some that still hit the woods with me after years and years of use. IMO it is one of the best gobbling boxes you can get.

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 04:14 PM

Thanks for all the advice so far. I think my slate call is just a cheap one, it was only like 8 dollars and i practiced it a few times and more times than not it sounded like scratching a chalk board. But like I said, this year im trying to step it up a notch and buy some quality calls. I cant wait, 3 weeks and counting. BTW I hunt in WNY, south of buffalo. I didnt even see a turkey last year let alone try to shoot one. But more or less last year I learned the woods, got comfortable with my shotgun and learned a bunch just about being an outdoorsmen. Im 29 and was wondering why I didnt do this earlier in life because im hooked now...


South of Buffalo! LOL...our crew from here hunts right across the NY border in Northwestern PA....just a couple miles east of Clymer NY....WE love the SNOWBELT !(especially PAridgerunner when it's thigh deep)....btw, it's Steeler Country!Posted Image
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Posted 10 September 2009 - 08:15 PM

Hi Guys

I have been hunting quite a few years. A good slate is nice, and you need the right strker, wood strkers are nice when its dry, acrylic will work in all weather conditions, but for me I found its really nice to use a good diaphram. I use all types box calls etc. I have had good luck with the calls from Kampp Outdoor Products, they have all types. I belive you can find there web-site at
www.kampoutdoors.com. They seem to be quite affordable. Hope that helps.

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 09:49 AM

Hi all Newby to the forum but I have been turkey hunti for several years. Though most of my huntin life has been in southwest ohio I moved to the northeast area 11 years ago. I am now 59 years old the turkey call i rely on is the H.S. Strut Raspy Old Hen/Deuce Cutter Diaphragm Turkey Call I have owned this call for about 20 years now and it is a never fail call that gets ole toms attention

hope this is of some use to you but this is one persons opinion





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