How to Use a Turkey Call

Turkey calls are hunting devices used by hunters to lure their prey. Turkey calls are vocal sounds that mimic those of a wild turkey.

When turkey calls are used the turkey responds thinking that the sounds are coming from their kind. The different types of turkey calls include owl hooting, clucks, gobbling, purring, kee run (lost call of young turkeys), and tree calls.

Things you will need

  • Chosen turkey caller


  1. If you are using a new location start with several soft yelps or clucks, use louder harder calls if you are not getting a response.
  2. Use a box call to find turkeys or to get them to gobble. Use a sliding wooden lid across an open box to do a box call. There are also aluminum box calls that can be used during rain. The box call is mostly limited to the yelp, cutting, and cackling sounds.
  3. For excellent sounds, use a slate call by pulling a piece of wood or plastic (known as the striker) across a circular surface made out of slate, glass, or other type of material. Different surfaces and strikers will create different sounds. Cutting sounds are difficult to create using slate calls. Create small circles with the striker for a yelp and make a quick and sharp pull of the slate for a cluck.
  4. A diaphragm call has latex reeds, aluminum frames, and a skirt. The call is placed in the roof of your mouth and the tip of your tongue should be just over the front of the call. Use the diaphragm call for all turkey sounds by pushing air through the diaphragm call and forming your mouth to say certain words.


  • Use different strikers and surfaces while out on a hunt.
  • Store mouth calls in a cool place or refrigerator
  • Practice your turkey calls and use the turkey call you are most comfortable with


  • Do not use a box call when a turkey is close as any movement will spook the turkey