All right, I give up. I can kee-kee fairly well on a mouth call and OK on a long box, but I cannot seem to whistle on a friction call. What’s up? How do I get over this hump? — Peter Gary, Nashville, Tenn.
I just wrote about this in the 2014 Turkey Hunters Equipment Guide, which is on newsstands now. First, make sure you’re using a quality glass, crystal or aluminum call. Then follow this advice. — Brian Lovett
Almost all hunters can produce yelps, cutting, clucks and cackles that suffice for hunting. Many can also scratch out decent purring. So why do so many friction callers neglect or fear the whistle, which is one of the most basic calls?
If you’re yelping correctly, you’re already making a whistle. It’s the first note of the yelp. To extend that into kee-kees, grip the striker very firmly, and run it in a W motion or three straight lines from the same position at which you start your yelp. Do not rotate the striker tip as you would when rolling over into the second note of a yelp. Keep it straight.
You’ll have to experiment a bit to find the right amount of pressure and get a feel for producing consistent nasally whistles, but it’s not as tough as you think. And when your kee-kee is passable, it’s very easy to ease off on your grip pressure and roll the whistle into a kee-kee run.