The Fun and Challenging Art of Using a Turkey Mouth Call

So due to the time of year and it currently being turkey hunting season, I thought it would be fun to teach everyone how to actually use a Wild Turkey mouth call! Learning how to make a turkey call is fun to do and really is a challenge. So if you enjoy challenging yourself and potentially annoying your parents (or kids), this is something you’d definitely be interested in.


First things first, you actually have to have a turkey mouth call. For starters, get a simple single reed or double reed mouth call with no cuts in it. The more complex the call, the harder it can be to make it sound right for beginners. Once you get one though, just put it in your mouth with the rubbery middle part facing toward your teeth and get used to it in your mouth. It should fit naturally in the roof of your mouth.

Next thing is pushing air across the mouth call. For me this is easiest by bringing my jaw up, leaving my mouth slightly open and letting my tongue force the air over the rubbery part or the reed as it is called. The sound you’re looking for is a loud, high pitched “HEEEEEEEEEE”. After the high pitched “HEE” is nailed, get used to doing it but drop your jaw after a second to make the high pitch to go to a lower pitch. Once you understand the basics it is just practice, practice, practice of making the sounds you want.



To begin with the easiest sound to make is a Cluck. To do this you basically blow out a small breath of air quickly across the reed. You want to try and say the word “Hutt”. It will basically sound like “Hu-TT” when you start practicing.



Another really great turkey call is a Yelp. I do this similarly to how we practiced before but I say “Choke”. The way it sounds when I am using the call is “Chee-yoke”. The sound will be similar to the “HEE” sound when you go from high pitched to low pitched.



The last thing which can be easy is a Purr. For this you force air over the call similar to the “HEE” sound but you try and blow on it so that the tip of your tongue goes up and down. It is similar to rolling your “R’s” in spanish.


If you can master all these and be able to piece them all together you will be able to call turkeys! It is very exciting and if you ever get a chance to go into the woods early in the morning during the spring, try and make a call to them! Getting them to answer is very difficult so don’t be upset if you don’t hear one. However if you do hear one you will get a rush like no other. Calling turkeys is an art and many people are very good at it, but it takes years of practice. 


If you want more information or want to watch more videos that may help you get better, go here. Troy Ruiz from Primo’s Hunting explains in more detail how to do more of what I just talked about. We are not affiliated with Primo’s but their videos about learning how to call different animals are regarded as some of the best. 


By Clayton Reeves

Stewardship Coordinator

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