How and When to Use Turkey Gobbler Calls

By John E. Phillips

Turkey Hunting Scenarios & Strategies
Turkey Hunting Scenarios & Strategies
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United States -(AmmoLand.com)- Gobbler calls are the most dangerous to employ, because these are the sounds that attract other hunters. Be careful!

Here are some tips on using gobble calls:

GOBBLE: Several box and tube calls are available that will make the gobble. The gobble is most often produced by shaking the call. Here’s what to remember:

  • Have your back against a tree, and watch for other hunters before you gobble.
  • Realize that if you gobble there’s a good chance that you may run-off the turkey you’re trying to call. If the tom’s not the dominant gobbler, he may leave rather than come into what he believes will be a fight. However, if the turkey is a dominant bird, the tom may think that another gobbler has moved into his territory and come-in ready to fight.
  • Use the gobble call as a last resort.
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YOUNG GOBBLER’S SQUEALING CALL: The squeal is usually three, high-pitched calls followed by a series of yelps. You can make it on the diaphragm call by pushing your tongue into the diaphragm, so that the rubber is stretched to give the high squeal. Then loosen the pressure on the diaphragm to give a series of yelps. A young gobbler’s squealing call can be productive during the fall after the turkey have scattered. Sometimes this call is successful in the spring.

YELP: The gobbler’s yelp, which is seldom heard, is a coarse form of yelping. Generally, the yelp will be made by young gobblers. To make this sound, most hunters prefer using a coarser box call or the opposite side that produces hen calls. A triple reed or a split reed diaphragm call will also work. The gobbler yelp often will bring a gobbler to the gun during the fall and winter months when large flocks roam together.

CLUCK: The cluck is a good call to use in the fall. Usually the gobbler cluck is more coarse and deeper than the hen cluck.

PUTT: Already described under hen calls, the only time to use the tom putt is when you’re attempting to break a gobbler out of a strut.

DRUM: This call is made by the turkey and rarely, if ever, is made by a hunter.

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About the Author:

For the past 40+ years, John E. Phillips of Vestavia, Alabama, has been a fulltime outdoor writer, traveling the world interviewing hunters, guides, outfitters and other outdoorsmen about how they hunt and fish. An award-winning author, John has been hunting and fishing since his kindergarten days.