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Lessons Turkeys Have Taught Me with Matt Morrett

Day 3: What Calls to Use to Call a Turkey Gobbler with Matt Morrett

Editor’s Note: Mossy Oak Pro Matt Morrett works for Zink Calls ( and Avian X Decoys. Matt won the Junior and Senior Grand National Turkey Calling contests, and the World Friction Turkey Calling Championships five times. He was only 16-years old when he won his first World Turkey Calling Championship.

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewIn seminars, at shows and whenever I meet the public, I’m often asked, “Matt, why do you take other calls with you when you hunt turkeys? You’ve won the World Turkey Calling Contest five times with a friction call.” Well, I don’t care how well a person calls. Each turkey call makes a little different sound. On any given morning, a gobbler only may gobble to one type of turkey call. Just like you won’t go bass fishing with only one bass lure in your tackle box, because you never know on what day the bass will prefer one lure instead of the other lures, the same is true when you’re calling turkeys. I take slate calls, glass calls, aluminum friction calls, box calls, push button box calls, usually a paddle style box call and a wide variety of diaphragm calls with me when I’m hunting turkeys.

For instance, a glass friction call can be heard much farther that a diaphragm call or a box call can. The glass call also has a completely-different sound from a slate, a box or a diaphragm call. When the leaves are on the trees early in the season, the glass call has the ability to pierce that foliage and tickle a turkey’s ear, often better than any other call. I use various calls to sound like several turkey hens. Just like people sound differently when they’re talking, turkey hens sound different too. Therefore, the more types of turkey calls you have, the better your chances are to sound like a hen that the ole gobbler really wants to talk to or a flock of hens, instead of just one hen.

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewOne of the biggest mistakes that most turkey hunters make is to believe that the only call that will call a turkey is a mouth diaphragm call. If the truth were known, I believe there are more turkeys taken home to dinner by hunters who use box calls or push button calls than any other calls made. Because of the new technology we have today, call manufacturers actually can put the sound of a real live turkey in a box call, a push button call, a slate call, a glass call or some other type of new friction call that the turkey call manufacturer designs. With a diaphragm mouth call, you may have to spend years and years of practicing to be able to sound like a wild turkey. I think a hunter should use any call that will make a turkey gobble. So, if you’re going turkey hunting this spring, you can blow those mouth calls all you want to, and don’t get me wrong. I blow a mouth call also, but I don’t go into the woods without a vest full of friction calls.

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John Phillips, winner of the 2012 Homer Circle Fishing Award for outstanding fishing writer by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA), the 2008 Crossbow Communicator of the year and the 2007 Legendary Communicator chosen for induction into the National Fresh Water Hall of Fame, is a freelance writer (over 6,000 magazine articles for about 100 magazines and several thousand newspaper columns published), magazine editor, photographer for print media as well as industry catalogues (over 25,000 photos published), lecturer, outdoor consultant, marketing consultant, book author and daily internet content provider with an overview of the outdoors. Click here for more information and a list of all the books available from John E. Phillips.

Tomorrow: What to Do When the Gobbler Knows More about You Than You Do Him

Check back each day this week for more about Lessons Turkeys Have Taught Me with Matt Morrett

Day 1: Public Land’s High Pressured Turkeys with Matt Morrett
Day 2: Locate Late Season Public Land Tom Turkeys with Matt Morrett
Day 3: What Calls to Use to Call a Turkey Gobbler with Matt Morrett
Day 4: What to Do When the Gobbler Knows More about You Than You Do Him
Day 5: The Toughest Gobbler Matt Morrett Ever Tried to Take

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