A Time for the Kee-Kee Run

It is common in the fall for hunters to scatter a mixed flock of adult hens and their young then call them back as they start to regroup. If a hunter knows the kee-kee run, they can use it along with hen yelps to lure some of the returning flock members in his or her direction.

What is it? The kee-kee run is a three- to four-note whistle followed by a tentative yelp or two.

What does it mean? The kee-kee run is used in situations of distress as if to say, “I’m lost,” or, “Here I am, where are you?”

Josh Grossenbach, custom mouth-call builder for Zink Calls says he does a lot of kee-keeing when he’s out in the fall woods and knows he’s dealing with hens and their broods. He advises not to rely on kee-kees when dealing with adult toms, although, lonely jakes are suckers for almost any turkey talk, and kee-kee runs will often bring them right in.

Knight & Hale pro-staffer, Mark Prudhomme, uses the kee-kee run as well. He says it works great in the fall season because that’s when the young turkeys do it all the time. He also says it may be good when you are after a public-land bird that has heard everything and is really shy of calling.

Learn the kee-kee run call and tuck it away in your arsenal. It may be most effective during the fall season, but it may be the perfect mixup call during the spring season. 

Grossenbach recommends Zink’s ghost-cut, double-reed Lost Lady mouth call and Prudhomme insists on using Knight & Hale’s Prosecutor diaphragm call. Pick one or both up and give it a go!

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