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Calling Tips from T&TH Writers

With fall seasons just around the corner, you’re probably getting reacquainted with your turkey calls. Here are some great calling tips from the writers of Turkey & Turkey Hunting.

Many folks debate how long you should stay at a cold-calling setup. Here’s my advice: Provided it’s a spot turkeys frequent, stay as long as you can stand it. Patience kills turkey. I like to stay at a good spot at least an hour or two, and it’s probably wise to stay twice that long.” — Brian Lovett

In 1984, I’d identified 28 calls of the wild turkey. Since then, I’ve identified three more. However, I believe the turkey has even more than 31 calls, 13 of which are used in hunting. — Lovett E. Williams Jr.

You can easily make kee-kees and kee-kee runs on a diaphragm call. The cadence goes something like “kee-kee-kee” for the kee-kee and “kee-kee-kee-yelp-yelp” for the kee-kee run. That call probably puts more turkeys on the table each fall than any other. — Mike Lambeth

Boxes, push-pins and pog-and-peg calls produce super fighting purrs. Draw a line across your friction call, with the striker tip pressed to the slate, glass or other surface. Vary the length of the notes: “Purrrr, purr, purr, purrrrrr.” — Steve Hickoff

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