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Most of you already know, we’re just a few short weeks from Spring gobbler Season and now is the time to start practicing your calling. My first suggestion is to get out all your Turkey calls, decoys, blinds, bows, arrows, broadheads, optics and other necessary equipment.
The first and most important piece of equipment is your turkey calls and I’m going to start breaking that down first.
DIAPHRAGM (MOUTH) CALLS: The most difficult calls to master but the best for making a various number of calls and having both hands free to use your favorite weapon. My favorite mouth calls are the Bradley Custom Calls, Rick “Hoot” Bradley is a turkey living legend already in the South and this young man lives, eats and sleeps Gobbler hunting.
My favorites of the Bradley Diaphragm calls, are the Wild Thang, Irvin’s Ace “named after Hoots father” a legend in his own rights when it came to turkey hunting in Alabama, the Bat Girl and Sweet heat, these are my favorite. The biggest reason for my preference is these mouth calls are easy to handle in your mouth without having the gagging sensation and very easy to get the right sounds that are so important for a bowhunter to have both hands free and being able to shoot when the moment arrives.
Remember, you cannot pick up a mouth call and start calling right away, you must practice with these calls and every call maker without exception has very good DVD’s available that shows you how to use the Diaphragm calls and the proper calling techniques. However, that being said, nothing helps more than calling the real Gobblers. They will let you know if you’re calling with the right cadence, sound and using the right call at the right time. Also, make sure your check with your local dealers and major box stores for seminars on how to properly call Gobblers. Now is the time to be out checking where you can go and get the best training available. Also, let me tell you that you do not want to practice in your house, your wife, girlfriend and dogs will run you out of the house! So practice in your vehicle, listening to tapes, CD’s or training DVD’s going to and from work, therefore you do not make your wife, girlfriend or your dogs mad at you. Plus all of those traffic jams you’re sitting in will go faster if you practice on your diaphragm calls.
Some other companies that make great mouth calls, Zink, Primos, Hunter’s Specialties, Knight & Hale, Quaker Boy, Flextone and Mad Calls, to name just a few! Remember when you have accomplished the Diaphragm Calls you can make a large number of different calls from low to very loud calls to get an Ole Tom Gobbler cranked up. An excellent idea to learn how to use all of the calls as this will allow you to change to different calls every hour, making an old Gobbler to think there is more than one hen in the area.
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I have used diaphram calls since they were offered for sale and they have helped me limit out a lot of times. Prior to these calls I used hand made calls by local makers. I have been hunting turkeys in WV. for over 50 Yrs. and still enjoy it.