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March 27, 2013
Turkey Calling: 5 Diaphragm Call Tips - 0
by The Editors
There's more to fooling gobblers with a diaphragm than just popping one in your mouth and huffing hot air. Sure, at times an uninspired cluck or several monotonous yelps might drag a spring tom to your setup, but common sense and experience will make you a better caller and a more successful hunter.
Why choose diaphragms? Because they offer hands-free operation, make realistic sounds and are the most cost-effective calls on store shelves. To ensure your success this season, practice your mouth calling early and often and follow these tips.
1. COUNT 'EM OUT
On the roost, a hen's tree yelps can go from just one to a handful of notes. On the ground, a hen's plain yelp generally consists of 3 to 5 notes, with some situational variations. With more notes, that plain yelp becomes an urgent lost call, and might run from 12 to 20 or more notes. A plain cluck is 1 to 3 notes, while cutting includes 4 to 10 or more notes in rapid succession.
Vary the number of yelps and clucks according to the hunting situation. If you want to sound like a relaxed hen letting a tom know her location, call with just 4 to 5 notes. If you want to add urgency to your calling, yelp more. Pay attention to real hens when they call and learn to mimic their sounds note for note.
It's important to note the distinction and use the right rhythm with a particular call.
3. MIMIC NOTE LENGTH
4. SET YOUR VOLUME
5. SPACE IT OUT
A plain cluck asks, "Where are you?" when looking for a response from another turkey. In that moment, you can wait silently and let the bird look for you or answer right back. Space those clucks to mimic the bird that's approaching. Once you call, that turkey has likely fixed your position, so don't call once the bird is close and in sight.
You can, however, cluck to soft sell an interested tom into slinking into range. While often only a single note, it's an important attention-getting vocalization for turkeys.
Cutting reflects a series of abrupt and excited clucks performed in quick succession. A pause of only a second or two should come between each series of harsh cutts.
6. MAKE THE PITCH
Call Like a Pro
Make a Cluck: To cluck on a mouth call, say "pock," "puck," "tock" or "tuck" with one short burst of air. To cutt, run those clucks together in a fast series: "tuck-tuck-tuck-tuck." Vary the cadence to imitate live hens you hear when hunting. Mix clucking and cutting with your yelping for added realism.
Mix It Up: You can combine diaphragm yelping with pot-and-peg or box-call vocalizations. If the weather's stormy, it will help you call through wind gusts so a gobbler might hear you. You can also imitate several turkeys this way. Sometimes, that's what it takes.