Editor’s note: Recently, reader Tom Baker asked us how to kee-kee on a friction call. It occurred to us that we never mentioned the tried-and-true box call as a whistle-producing tool. Here’s the second part of the answer.
As with a pot-and-peg call, kee-keeing on a box really isn’t that tough. By design, they produce great whistles. The trick is continuing that whistle.
Pull the paddle back and then start it forward on the sound board. When the friction begins to produce sound, that’s the whistle, which is also the first note of the yelp. If you continue moving the paddle forward, the call will break into the lower second note of a yelp.
For the first whistle (or note) of a kee-kee, just let the paddle travel naturally, and stop it before it hits the roll-over point. Then pull it back a bit, and start with another whistle. To avoid rolling the call over, pinch the handle between your thumb and forefinger. Don’t pinch the sound boards, as this will ruin the sound quality. Pinching the handle inhibits vibration and rasp, so the whistle will continue to be crisp and clear. After the second note, pull the handle back again, and then bring it forward, again pinching the handle.
When you get the hang of it, you can produce three or four ascending whistles in rapid fashion — a kee-kee.
After that, making a kee-kee run is simple. Simple reduce the pressure on the handle, and let the next whistle in the series roll over into a yelp or two.
It might take a bit of practice to find the right amount of pressure, but when you do, you’ll be whistling like a poult in no time.