WOODS WISE TURKEY
Gary Sefton's 10 Secrets For Using A Box Call
NOTE: I joined Gary Sefton, promotions manager at Woods Wise Products,
in Franklin, Tennessee, on a turkey hunt at White Oak Plantation in Tuskegee,
Alabama, recently. While there, Sefton shared with me his secrets for
using a Woods Wise box call. Sefton took his first turkey in 1961. For
years he refused to carry a box call with him hunting because he thought
they were awkward. He also hated chalking them and trying to work with
them wet. But 10 years ago, while hunting with one of the Woods Wise pro
staffers on a dirt road in Connecticut, he learned the value of a box
yelped on my diaphragm call and nothing answered," Sefton said. "Then
I yelped on my slate call and other calls, and I still received no answer.
The woods Wise pro staffer I hunted with took out a box call and yelped
on it. Four different turkeys gobbled. From that day on, I've never been
without a box call in the woods. I like a box call because it gives off
harmonic notes, and a turkey will gobble at a box call more than at any
other call. A box call has a lot of range, and you can get a turkey to
answer you from even a quarter mile away when using one."
Sefton says to consider the following tips when using
a box call:
pick the lid off the box. Remember that a box call, like any other friction
call, only makes a sound in one direction. When you slide the paddle
striker (lid) away from the box, it makes no sound. When you slide the
paddle toward the box, it makes a sound. You want to maintain the proper
angle with the striker by keeping it in contact with the call. If you
pick the lid up, you'll change the angles and get unwanted squeaks and
squawks from your box call.
- Use a very light grip, and keep a minimum amount of
pressure on the lid. Use your fingers to guide the lid. How tight you
grip the lid will affect the sound of the call. Just barely move it.
- Hold the call by its bottom. I always hold a box call
by its bottom. When you touch it on the sides, you alter the sound of
the call. You can get into a situation where you want to dampen the
call by touching it on the side. But usually, you want to hold a call
by its bottom so you can get the full effect of the call.
the pitch of the call. Sometimes you can press your fingers on the side
to dampen or change the pitch.
- Use cuts and cackles. These sounds are the best ones
you can make on a box call. They're more realistic. If you're in the
woods 100-yards away, and someone cuts and cackles on a box call, you'll
swear it's a hen. And if there is a hen around when you cut on a box
call, she'll answer you. It's astounding how many times you'll get a
hen to yelp at you after using the call.
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