Turkey Calls And Sounds

Posted by: Davie Ferraro on Apr 21, 2013
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When God created the wild turkey, I bet he never knew how much stress he would cause us turkey hunters. Mastering a variety of available hen sounds to bring in a lovesick gobbler within gun or bow range is the object of the game. But doing so requires lots of practice and experience. To pull off the task of coming home 20 pounds heavier, turkey hunters have an ever-growing stash of calls to get the job done. These included box calls, slate calls, mouth diaphragm calls, wing-bone calls, gobble calls, owl calls, crow calls, and woodpecker calls…… just to name a few. Let’s take a closer look at each and break them down into various catagories.


Locating birds is the first step to killing them.

Locator Calls
The owl call, crow call, and woodpecker call are the three most common calls to locate a Tom (mature gobbler) without using turkey calls.  Using a turkey call too early can cause the gobbler to fully commit to you before you are set up to make a shot.

Owl Call: Using an owl hoot early in the morning and late in the afternoon is a great way to pinpoint gobblers. I like to use an owl call roughly 30 minutes prior to sunrise and in the afternoon before they go to roost as a last minute locator. I lay off the owl call once the crows begin to caw in the morning.

Crow call: I have had multiple successes using a crow call late in the morning and throughout the day. Keep the crow call short so you can listen carefully for a gobbler’s gobble and not drown him out.
Woodpecker Call: Just like the crow call, you can use this call during the day to make a gobbler give away his whereabouts. 


Crow calls and owl calls make perfect sounds that allow you to locate birds early in the morning or late in the evening.

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