pappy wrote:Willow....good to see you are still working on your calls. I believe the best combo is the walnut for the striking surface. With a cedar striker. remember when we talked about using a soundboard inside the box? It did make a difference in the reverberate but that was about all at least with my calls. So far I have 6 out there in the hands of hunters, and each was definitely surprised about the sound, "they sound like a little box call..." said one guy...LOL...One thing, I have been working on the wood selection for the back / bottom of the call, I have found the harder more dense woods are creating sharper and quicker response between the call and the friction created with the striker and allowing for a larger area to be designated as the sweet spot....thanks for posting the pics...pappy
That's the truth Jack, they do sound like a little box call. They are a bit fussy,but with a little practice you can do just about any call a wild turkey can do. They will do all of the different pitched kee kees, the spitty, clean, raspy clucks, the deep raspy, high clean, soft whiney yelps, whines and whistles, gobbler boinks that gobblers do as the meet up, the keeyelps, the different purrs, soft, whiney, raspy, fighting purrs, all easier than you can on a pot or box call, with a lot less movement. Charlie was doing some fighting purrs with two strikers, and Randy couldn't believe the sounds coming out of that call, it sounded exactly like a flock of young birds gathering up with the different sounds they make. I have hard time going back to running a pot call after learning to run one of these, a pot call at best will only produce a 3 note yelp, these will produce a 5-6 note yelp that sound so increadiblly real it isn't funny. For guys that have a hard time running kee kees these will eliminate that problem, they kee kee so easy it's unreal. Or if your not real comfortable running a box call they produce a box call sound with all the different tones that a box call produces. It's just a matter of learning to control the pressure you apply to the striker, and to control the size of your ovals when doing a yelp, on a pot call your oval or j-hooks are the size of a dime, with these it the size of an asprin, very little movement is required to run one of these.