Getting better at turkey calls takes practice and more practice!


Are you trying to sound like live turkeys, or other turkey hunters? (John Hafner photo)

Photo credit: John Hafner

It’s a few days after Thanksgiving.  Still have turkeys on the brain?  Certainly, one of the many skills that are helpful in hunting turkeys is the ability to attract birds with a call.

It’s as much of an art as a science, and there are many potential reasons why your calls aren’t working. As a story on the Realtree website points out, the problem could be anything from using the wrong cadence, to being in the wrong spot, to not taking your time.

Like many things in life, the best way to improve is to practice. A lot. It’s also helpful to learn from friends who are masters at calling, whether it’s imitating their rhythm, or seeing what equipment works best for them.

And while many hunters tend to use traditional types of callers, like boxes, pots and diaphragms, there are also other options. As a blog post on the National Wild Turkey Federation notes, tube calls, scratch boxes and trough calls can also be effective. So try different types and see what works for you.

As you get out in the woods this winter, think about how nice it would be to have a spot nearby to camp or build a cabin. PotlatchDeltic has numerous recreational properties within easy reach of quality turkey hunting spots, so contact one of the experts in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network to get a spot of your own.

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