7 Turkey Calls for Spring

Turkey Calls

This is the time of year I start getting excited about sitting in the woods on a chilly spring morning. Spring turkey season is less than 3 months away. That means it’s time to prepare my turkey hunting gear and get some calling practice in. Taking time to practice your calling technique during the last few weeks before opening morning can mean the difference between filling a tag or watching that tom bust you just out of range because of a botched call. Always take time to get to know your equipment and how to successfully use it.

I decided to put together a list of the types of turkey calls and a little bit on how and why to use each of them. While many are very simple to use, some can take some practice to master. The important thing is to have a variety of calls available on your hunt to ensure you are ready for whatever the hunt throws at you. The second most important thing is to PRACTICE with each call in your arsenal so you don’t end up in the woods sounding like a dying chicken.

Here is my list of 7 types of turkey calls for spring and a few pointers to go along with each.

Box Calls

Box Turkey Call
Primos Box Call

Beginner Tips for Box Call

A box call is capable of producing soft subtle tones but in my opinion, its best quality is the ability to create loud raspy tones that can cut through the woods on a windy day, catch the attention of turkeys that are off in the distance, and potentially bring them your way. I will create an instructional video for the box call and link it here.

Pot Calls

Pot Turkey Call
Primos Pot Call

Beginner Tips for Pot Calls

Choose a few strikers made from different materials and a pot call with a slate striking face to begin with. In my area a slate call seems to produce the sounds that work best for me. Once you have mastered the slate type, you can easily move into glass or ceramic tops and add that bit of flair to your calling technique. The possibilities are endless with pot style calls. Combing a pot call for longer range calling with a diaphragm call to close the deal is my usual go to for spring turkey hunting. I will upload and instructional video and link here.

Note* Friction calls can be a little unpredictable in wet weather. Keeping the friction surfaces dry on your turkey call is critical to quality sound production.

Push Button Calls

Push Button Turkey Calls
HS Strut Push Button Call

Beginner Tips for Push Button Calls

A push button turkey call is also a friction call, the upside to these is their ability to remain operational in wetter climate. They are easier to keep dry because the friction pieces are inside of the box. Sounds can be manipulated by the speed of pushing the dowel. The range or depth of the can can also be changed based on the amount of pressure put onto the box itself. I will upload an instructional video and link here.

Diaphragm Calls

Diaphragm Turkey Calls
Knight & Hale Diaphragm Calls

Beginner Tips for Diaphragm Calls

If you are new to using a diaphragm call, make sure you take plenty of time to practice. As mentioned above, getting used to holding the call in your mouth is extremely important to produce quality sounds. While there are a wide variety of diaphragm calls available that produce multiple sounds, I would recommend a single reed turkey call for beginners to learn with because the learning curve is more forgiving and getting the feel for it will be a little easier. You can also buy a multi pack that includes a single reed call and move to the more advanced calls once comfortable.

Another consideration to using a diaphragm call is the potential need to resize the tape that creates the body of the turkey call. Doing this is fairly easy and usually only needs a pair of scissors to slightly trim the call until it feels comfortable. I will upload an instructional video here.

Gobble Calls

Gobbler Turkey Call
Gobbler Call

Beginner Tips for Gobble Calls

They are simple enough to use. You just shake it to produce the sound of a male turkey gobbling. The downside to these is the amount of movement required to operate them. For that reason alone, I tend to only use it as a last resort. They are fun to play with though.

Locator Calls

Locator Turkey calls
Locator Crow Call

Beginner Tips for Locator Calls

Using a locator call is fairly straight forward. The best tip I can give a beginner is to go out the evening before a hunt and scout around for turkeys. Just before dusk, use the locator call to find the area the birds are roosting in. I like to call this “putting them to bed.” Once you know where they are roosted, back out of the area easily and study a map of the area to decide where to set up the next morning. Get in there early and be ready for those same birds to fly down out of the roost and into shooting range.

Wing Bone Calls

Rounding out this list is a call that has been used since man first started turkey hunting. The wing bone turkey call is called such because it is made from the wing bone of a turkey. You can buy plastic made ones now days. If you are a beginner and just starting out, I would advise against using a wing bone call. They are simple turkey calls to make once you bag your first turkey and a home made one will be even more rewarding to use on your next hunt. I will upload a video of making and using a wing bone turkey call here.

Wing Bone Turkey Calls
Wing Bone Calls

Selecting the Right Calls

With each category listed above containing several variations of calls, it can be a little overwhelming deciding which calls to start out with. While there are many available calls on the market, there is no correct answer to the question “What kind of call should I get.” The best answer I can give you is to take the information in this post as well as the opinions of other hunters and decide which calls you believe will work best for you and your area. Just remember to not settle for only one type of call.

Start Pack Turkey Calls for Beginner
Primos Turkey Hunting Starter Pack

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