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Own a Single-Sided Box Call

Just like ordering a single or a double cheeseburger, and a single- or a double-scoop ice cream cone — you also have the option of choosing a double-sided box call or a single-sider. Don’t ever underestimate the power of one. Single-sided box calls sound spectacular!

The Double-Sided Disadvantage

Double-sided box calls are popular because they provide versatility in the field. With a two-sided box call, you can sound like two different birds, depending on which side you play. The call maker purposely created and tuned each side to sound different (one side is an old hen, and the other side is a young one).

Acoustical balance is very difficult to accomplish when making a two-sided box call. Once the call maker tunes and modifies one side of the sound chamber (box), it naturally impacts on the other side. A perfect balance is rarely achieved. A two-sided call is often considered finished when the call sounds as best as it can. This can be a disadvantage.

The Solo-Sided Benefit

What a single-sided box call lacks in versatility, it often makes up for in superior sound quality. When crafting a single-sided box call, the call maker can concentrate on producing the highest-quality sound from one striking side while tweaking the other side (echo side) to enhance the overall acoustics. This way, the call maker achieves ideal sound vibrations and harmony.

The actual construction of a one-sided box is quite different than a two-sided call. Generally, single-sided calls are more compact in design. The echo side of the sound chamber is typically designed to be straight (no angles) with a thick wall. This allows the call maker to more easily tune the call, because they can leave the echo side of the sound chamber alone. The lid is usually oriented off-center on the box, so the operator has better leverage when running the paddle across the sound chamber.

Make Mine a Single

Single-sided box calls are also very user-friendly. They are designed to help you produce a perfect stoke every time you run it. These calls usually have a raised edge on the echo side of the box. This edge stops the stroke of the paddle at the perfect time — just after the breaking point on the second note of the yelp.

With a one-sided box call, you don’t need as much practice to get it right. All you have to do is run the paddle across the striking side of the box until it hits the stopper, and you’ll achieve the perfect two-note yelp (with the right rollover) each and every time. This is why I always recommend a single-sider to beginner turkey hunters. But, I also recommend that experienced hunters own them too. Their superior sound often strikes a tom to gobble when all else is failing.

A Single-Sided Recommendation

I’ve harvested several turkeys with the help of a single-sided box call, such as the Holei Box Call from Cody Turkey Calls.

Because this call is a single-sided box call, the call maker, Bill Zearing, is able to place an acoustic hole on the echo side of the sound chamber to generate remarkable sounds. The unique design took the company 6 years to engineer.

“Through science and engineering, we have created superior strength in our calls,” explained Zearing. “This strength along with the innovative acoustical hole — and in combination with many other variables — allow us to precisely control rollover, volume, rasp, tone and pitch.”

JJ Reich




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