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How to Call Like a Turkey (Page 2)

For consistent turkey hunting success, take time to learn and understand the language of the wild turkey.


The Call: Putt
How It Sounds: It is a single, sharp note, sometimes done over and over in a “putt…putt…putt” fashion.

Hear It Here: http://www.wildturkeyzone.com/hunting/half%20alarm%20putt.wav

What It Means: This is the call a turkey makes to signal there is danger. Generally, if birds suspect trouble, they will raise their heads and start putting with the frequency increasing as they get more nervous. If you hear this, the jig is up and the bird is about to bolt.

Try This: Don’t ever try this! Be sure you know what it sounds like, though, so you don’t accidentally make it as a tom is coming in or hens are around you.

The Call: Gobble
How It Sounds: Everyone should know what a turkey gobble sounds like. There is no other sound like it in the spring woods.

Hear It Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=DcjTYFLo9xU

What It Means: Toms gobble to let hens know where they are in the spring so the hen will come to them for the purpose of breeding. Gobblers will also gobble at sudden loud or piercing sounds such as thunder, trains, horns, crow calls, owl hoots, etc., and will gobble throughout the year, though the majority takes place in the spring when they are wanting to get with hens.

Try This: Down-N-Dirty Outdoors Haint Call—This is the first reed-blown gobble call to produce actual loud, realistic gobbles. Use gobbles to challenge a gobbler’s dominance or get him to shock gobble. BUT, always be careful when using one, as it can attract hunters, too!

This list comprises the basic calls every hunter needs to know. Once these are mastered, hunters can expand into making other turkey vocalizations such as tree calls, flydown cackles, fighting purrs, assembly yelps (primarily in fall) and others. But learn these and you’ll have the calling skills needed to bring a longbeard into the gun.

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1 Response to How to Call Like a Turkey (Page 2)

Frank Jessup wrote:
March 27, 2012

Comments...Great info, more of us like to think were more of an expert than we are