Q: Jay from KS: Can you tell me how to store a diaphragm call. I’ve purchased several of yours because I like them so much. I want to store them until I need them. Do I store in the refrigerator, freezer, in the case in a cool place? Does it matter? Thanks.
A: First off, thanks for using my calls! All you need to do is get a plastic cocktail toothpick (or flat wooden toothpick) and slide it in between the top reed and 2nd reed. Then place them in a protective case and put them in the refrigerator. You may want to rinse them with water before you store them long term.SE
Q: Wes from NC: Scott I am hunting WMA land in NC and I have a bird roosting on a couple of ridges, I can get fairly close to his roost but he has flown down both morning before he begins his daily routine, my question to you is; would it be better to go back to where I have roosted him or go to the green field I believe he is flying down to first thing and try to intercept him?
A: If you have him patterned just set up there and wait for him. I am not sure by the info if you have tried to calling to him, but if you have he doesnt seem to be deviating from his normal routine. SE
Q: John from FL: Scott, First, I attended the 2014 NWTF convention in Nashville and picked up your signature mouth call, AWESOME CALL! gonna tell my buddies about this one. Easy to operate, takes very little air pressure for this call to work. I have a question about cypress heads swamps, how much time do these birds spend in them? Thanks, John
A: From my observations they LOVE them. Period. They roost in them and frequent them, especially when they are dry. They provide shade and shelter and a variety of food sources. Thanks for using my call! SE
Q: Allen from TN: Hey Scott, I own the woodhaven legend slate and the cherry classic crystal I’m having troubles running the calls and wondering if you could make a instructional video that shows how to yelp, cut, purr and all the works. Thank you.
A: I’ll get one up soon Allen! Check my channel Scott Ellis Youtube SE
Q: Ed from IL: When I listen to the pros such as yourself, it seems your clucks are very raspy and your yelps have more tone. Not to say the yelps don’t have rasp – but the clucks almost seem like pure rasp. I can get my clucks to sound more like pure rasp when I use fairly radical cuts, but with simpler split v type cuts the cluck is high on tone. When I use the raspy type calls, then the yelps have less tone. It seems that you pros can get both the pure rasp on the cluck and the higher pitch tones on your yelps all from the same call. How can I get more distinction between my yelps and clucks in this respect?
A: I’m not sure I would categorize my clucks or any other really polished caller’s clucks as raspy. They are generally two notes condensed in a rapid burst of air. They have a high and low note. I dont want pure rasp in my clucks, I want the distintive two note tone, so I generally call off the back of the call or use the “sweet spot” to clean it up. Maybe our terminology is mixed up here. As long as your getting a short popping, abrupt note, I wouldnt dig too terribly deep into it. Some hen’s cluck with more of the front high note, some more of the bassy, raspy note. It’s all on her voice. Hope this helps. SE
Q: Rodney from IA: I am new to turkey hunting and was wondering about how much to call to a bird on the roost.
A: Very little. Just let him know your there with some soft tree talk. Let him flydown and then the game begins. The only exception to this rule is if you hear hen’s roosted with him. At that point I will try to sound like three or four hen’s then produce several fly down cackle’s a little earlier than normal. Chances are he’s just gonna pitch down with his girls but it’s worth a try. SE
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