If you are someone who is recently getting started in the activity of hunting turkeys and have purchased a mouth call, there is one thing you need to do. That is practice how to use one.
A lot of hunters prefer turkey mouth calls compared to box and pot calls, even though it takes more time to master a turkey mouth call.
Many might think this is really strange since when you start using them, they can be hit and miss until you know how to use them.
Well, aside from needing to know how to use them, they have many advantages. So, this guide will help you master a turkey mouth call, so you can experience the other benefits of having them.
What Is A Turkey Mouth Call?
A turkey mouth call is a small gadget that helps hunters mimic the sounds of a turkey. This is important to help hunters get the location of a turkey. Mouth calls make finding turkeys easier for hunters.
The great thing about turkey mouth calls is that they are hands-free. This means that hunters are able to locate a turkey,
without having to drop their gear. Turkey mouth calls are also quite inexpensive, which is why many hunters like to use them.
There are many reasons why hunters prefer using turkey mouth calls compared to other types of calls available to them on the markets.
Turkey mouth calls only rely on the skill of the hunter and don’t need to be used in a specific type of weather.
They are also really easy to store as they are small so they don’t add much weight (or any if we are being honest) to their gear.
Turkey mouth calls come in a variety of types but the basic components of a turkey mouth call are latex rubber stretched over a horseshoe-shaped frame that is inside a plastic skirt.
They vary when it comes to the different cuts of a turkey mouth call. The latex rubber part of your turkey mouth call is referred to as a reed.
How To Use A Turkey Mouth Call
So know that you are familiar with what a turkey mouth call is, let’s move on to how to use them.
Learning how to use a turkey mouth call will vary depending on the type of mouth call you have. Although these basic steps will help to guide you through that process.
Step One: Position Your Mouth Call
The first step you need to master is the correct positioning of your turkey mouth call. You want to make sure that the horseshoe shape is facing forwards so that the reed is facing away from the back of your mouth.
Essentially, the latex rubber or reed should be facing the opening of your mouth and not towards the back of your throat.
You also want to make sure that the opening on top of the mouth call, when placed in your mouth, is facing the roof of your mouth and not lying on your tongue.
If you still can’t figure which way should be facing up, then the other way to figure it out is to look at the reeds. The longest reed, which can have a cut in it, is the one that faces up and should be on top.
Step Two: Wet The Reeds
Once you have figured out which way the mouth call should be in your mouth, then you need to wet the reeds. This is so you can make sure they are separated.
Step Three: Put Mouth Call In Mouth
Now you have your turkey mouth call prepared, it is time to put it in your mouth. To do this, place the mouth call in the correct position, on your tongue.
It should be placed in the middle of your tongue. Once you have done this, push the mouth call up to the roof of your mouth.
Step Four: Huff
The next step is to huff. You need to use your diaphragm to huff air from your lungs. This is what will make the sound you want. You don’t want to blow as this might puff your cheeks and won’t make the right sound.
Step Five: Use Your Jaw
Now you’ve got used to huffing, you want to move your jaw in a way that is similar to talking. Try and make the huffs into a slow and steady elongated huff.
This is how to use your turkey mouth call. Practice this until making a slight whistle sound is easy for you. Once you have mastered this, you can learn to make specific sounds.
How To Cluck
Since you have mastered the basics of how to use your turkey mouth call, let’s look at how to make specific sounds.
When it comes to clucking, it is all about how you huff. You need to huff in a very quick but forceful manner. Use your diaphragm to let out a strong but short huff. This should make a clucking noise.
How To Yelp
Yelping is essentially a call that has two tones to it. This might seem difficult but with a lot of practice, you should be able to master it.
The first sound of a yelp is a whistle with the second note being deeper in tone. To achieve this, when you make the whistle sound using the turkey mouth call, you need to drop your jaw.
If you find this to be difficult, you could try dropping your tongue. What this does is reduce the pressure on the mouth call which changes the pitch to a lower one.
Once you have mastered making this sound slowly, speed it up and it will sound like a yelp.
Following these basic steps will allow you to master the art of using a turkey mouth call. It is important to remember that this is a slow process and for some, it may take months for them to master.
It is a good idea to start with the simple sounds first before learning how to make specific sounds. This will ensure you know the basics of every sound you can make when using a turkey mouth call.