As a beginning turkey hunter years ago, the one thing that worried me most when I entered the turkey woods was that I would make a mistake when it came time to call. Over the years, I’ve found that if I can simply become COMFORTABLE with the calls I carry with me into the woods, my CONFIDENCE in using them soars.
So as we turn the calendar to April and start counting down the days to the season opener, spend some time getting comfortable with your favorite calls. If you use any type of friction call, you probably don’t need much practice to feel confident with it before the season begins. But you do need to make sure that it still produces the sound you want it to make. For box calls you may need to use some sand paper and a bit of chalk to get ‘em to sound like you want. If you’re like me and prefer to have a friction call in your hands, don’t neglect to check out your striker tip. A light sanding of the striker tip and pot surface may be needed. Or, if you’re looking for a new tone or pitch, consider investing in a new set of strikers to go with your old standby friction call.
The calls that I have to spend the most time getting reacquainted with every pre-season are my mouth calls. I prefer the Redhead Pro Pack of diaphragm calls. They all provide good and unique sounds and they aren’t so pricey that they break my hunting budget. If I don’t start yelping, cutting and purring with them weeks before I head into the woods with my shotgun or bow, I know my confidence won’t be high enough to use them when I need to.
So make sure you spend some time getting comfortable and gaining confidence with your calls this spring. That way you’ll be ready to use them when you come across something like this!
Todd Pridemore, Local Hunting Pro