If you walk into any sporting goods retailer, you can quickly find and buy a good turkey call. At Cabela’s, you can find hundreds of options including new mouth calls, box calls and pot calls, but sometimes being different can pay off. Every turkey hunter should have an oddball call in their vest — a custom-made call that sounds different from the rest. The following are four oddball calls you probably haven’t heard of or seen. They might cost a bit more than your run of the mill dime store diaphragm, but these calls are hand made, one at a time, by an artist, not by a machine.
Shooting a wild turkey punctuates the enjoyable and sometimes frustrating process of scouting, finding, roosting, calling/decoying/patterning a spring gobbler into range. Your shotgun should drop it dead inside 40 yards, though most of the time I let birds work even closer. How about you?
My upbringing as a turkey hunter included simple-to-use pump shotguns by choice, options I saw depicted in the Outdoor Life issues of my youth, plus classy loaner firearms on the road at media camps. I’ve handled plenty, liked many, loved a few and forgotten about some others.
Shotshell patterning pump gunners who’ve suffered through shoulder-thumping sessions at the local range know reduced recoil is but a sweet wishful dream—until now.
O.F. Mossberg and Sons, Inc. and Mathews, Inc. have partnered to develop a new recoil reduction system which will be featured on seven new Mossberg pump-action shotguns in 2013. The system features a unique Mossberg Dual-Comb (low and high profile inserts) stock design incorporating Mathews Harmonic Damper Technology combined with a newly re-engineered thermoplastic elastomer recoil pad.
Ask me what I need in a turkey vest and I'll say pockets. Lots of 'em. The first vest has a run-and-gun look to it. It's lightweight and lean. The second has a more sit-here-and-wait feel. If you've chased wild turkeys enough, both situations apply throughout the season.