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Try a New Slate Shape

There is nothing like the sweet sound of soft yelps and purrs whispering from your favorite slate call, charming unsuspecting gobblers to leave their sleepy roost and march toward your calling. To make different sounds than you’re used to, use one that doesn’t have the common round shape.

Lynch’s Jet Slate is an old-fashioned, small, mahogany box with a narrow, square piece of grade-A, Pennsylvania slate. It’s a compact, versatile call that produces realistic yelps and throaty purrs. Its short, blocky striker allows for gentle, inviting sounds and offers a solid finger grip for great control.

The Power Wedge from Keystone Calls features a V-shaped call body that starts out wide and tapers down, providing a wide range in tone. Play the top of the calling surface for deeper tones, and work the bottom portion for higher-pitched notes.

Calling Tip #1

The unique shape of Keystone’s Power Wedge allows for an excellent fighting purr: “When sitting on the ground, you can easily grip and hold the Power Wedge between your knees,” explained Dan Blodgett, founder of Keystone Calls. “This way, you can hold one striker in each hand to sound like two turkeys at once. Use both strikers to aggressively run long vertical lines down the call. Work in some slight swerve into the motion, or alternate light and moderate pressure, allowing the striker to “bump” along the call’s surface. This will help produce a steady, raspy and realistic purr. Withdraw pressure during the straight upswing motion.”

A good friction call featuring unique and different pot designs can add versatility to your calling. For example, WoodHaven Custom Calls offers two specialty pot-style calls.

Their Kee Disc, designed with an extra-large, round aluminum surface and ultra-thin pot, produces a wide range of volume, including high-shrill kee kee whistles, as well as the clear, adolescent yelps of a young turkey.

WoodHaven’s Cluck ’n Purr Pot features an innovative two-pot system. The larger design of the pot creates a baffled air chamber that produces realistic and throaty tones. It’s an innovative and effective call that wins trophies on the calling-contest stage but, more importantly, is deadly in the turkey woods.

Calling Tip #2

When calling on the Kee Disc, grip the striker tight and very low, near the tip, so you can better control the amount of firm pressure needed to create the whistle of a kee kee: “Calling with the Kee Disc takes some getting used to,” said Bobby Woods, a former NWTF Grand National Friction Champion. “It’s not a basic, ordinary turkey call. It’s finicky. Most people can’t just pick it up and run it. But with practice, I think you’ll be able to produce the best kee kee sound anyone can ever make on a friction call.”

The core of any turkey call’s power is the difference in pitch, tone, and sound frequency that it plays to a turkey’s ears. Experiment with different shaped calls to add variety to your calling.

JJ Reich




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