4 Different Types of Deer Calls — and When to Use Them

Holden Erwin

As avid deer hunters, we’ll take all the help we can get when it comes to bagging a trophy buck. And experienced deer hunters know that one of the most effective tools in the arsenal is the deer call — which can be especially advantageous when a buck is in sight and we’re looking to draw him in closer for the kill. But which deer call is best to use in different deer-hunting scenarios? Read on for our rundown on the four main types of deer calls — and our guidance on when to leverage them to bring home the...

Read more

How To Use a Deer Call Properly

Frank Erwin

How To Use a Deer Call Properly In this post, we’ll discuss how to use a deer call properly. If you’re unfamiliar with the different types of deer calls, first check out our post “Different Types of Deer Calls and What Works.” As long as humans have hunted, they’ve used calls to mimic the sounds of their prey. Over the millenia, we have developed different types of calls, and different techniques, to suit the situation and the season. But some general rules apply to all deer calling.  Assess and Know the Situation First, calling deer exploits the animals’ natural reactions...

Read more

The Best Way to Use a Duck Call

Frank Erwin

The Best Way to Use a Duck Call   Unlike turkey calls, which have a wide variety of designs and techniques for use, all duck calls share a similar construction and function. Once you’ve mastered one, you’ve pretty much mastered them all.    So, here’s the best way to use a duck call.   First, place the call in the webbing (insert webbed feet joke here) between your thumb and index finger, and close your index finger around the call. You don’t need a firm grip, so keep your hand relaxed.    The next step is to place the call...

Read more

Understanding the Different Types of Duck Calls

Frank Erwin

Understanding the Different Types of Duck Calls There are many different types of duck calls. With this short introduction, you’ll be much closer to understanding the different types of duck calls, making you a more confident and effective hunter.   The Quack While it might seem like the quack is the most basic of all duck calls, it’s also one of the most important to master. Because without a good quack, no hunter can expect to lure many ducks. The secret to a good quack is to put a good, crisp end to each sound. The difference between a “qua”...

Read more

How To Use a Turkey Box Call

Frank Erwin

How To Use a Turkey Box Call One of the most effective turkey calls to operate is the box call. In this post, we’ll tell you how to use a turkey box call.    How Turkey Box Calls are Made First, a note on construction. Traditionally, box calls are made from wood. But the modern turkey hunter may find box calls made from a number of synthetic materials, which offer greater resistance to water. While the materials and construction may differ, the operation of all box calls is the same.   The Basics of Turkey Box Calls The basic operation...

Read more

HOW TO USE A TURKEY MOUTH CALL

Frank Erwin

In this post, we’ll discuss how to use a turkey mouth call.  “Mouth calls,” which are also called “diaphragm calls” or “mouth diaphragms” are essentially air-powered musical instruments operated on the roof of the mouth.  All mouth calls are u-shaped rubber or latex diaphragms that vibrate by forcing air across them. The downside of these types of turkey calls is the learning curve, as proper technique is required to make convincing sounds. The main challenges with a mouth call are overcoming the gag reflex and then practicing your techniques.  Place the diaphragm call in your mouth with the latex facing...

Read more