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Old 01-01-2013, 01:39 PM
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I want to start hunting turkey and have no idea on what to get. What is a good decoy to get and how many. I heard that Buckwing Bobb'n head LifeLite are good. what kind of call or yelper to get. Is there a dvd on turkey hunting that shows you how to hunt and not showing somebody else hunting. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:42 PM
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I just use a single hen decoy, I think it's a Flambeau. Box calls are the easiest to learn but I prefer slate friction calls for realism. Friction calls also come with glass, aluminum, and acrylic surfaces. Mouth calls can be very effective but are definitely the hardest to master. Primos puts out a fantastic DVD called "Mastering The Art - Spring Turkey Hunting". I'm sure you'll get a lot of good info from it. Personally I like a 12 gauge shotgun with 3" shells. Try different choke and load combinations to see which works best in your gun. There's 2 forums I use for turkey info, Old Gobbler and Turkey and Turkey Hunting. Hope this helps, good luck!
Browning BT-99 12 ga.
Winchester M70 XTR Featherweight .30-06
Marlin 336CS .30-30
Stoeger M3000 12 ga.
TriStar Viper G2 12 ga.

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Old 01-18-2013, 06:35 AM
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Good luck with your turkey hunting. I've been doing it a long time. All calls work, slate, mouth calls. As with most things in my experience success is more based on the hunter's knowledge than the call itself. How to use the call properly and when to call and not call and where to set up are probably more important than the type of call.

That being said there's nothing easier or more handy or more natural sounding than a good mouth call. A mouth call allows you to make very subtle turkey vocalizations that are hard or impossible to replicate with a slate call or a box call. But the biggest advantage of a mouth call in my opinion is the fact you're hands are free to use your weapon and you can call while you are holding a bead on a bird if they get hung up. That's something you cannot do with a slate call or box call but it's not enough of an advantage to be the difference maker in choosing which call to use and it's unlikely to be the difference between getting a Tom or not.

I started off with a box call and still use them today at times and they work very well. I've never tried a slate call simply because the box call has always worked for me and that's what I started with.

There are some great You Tube videos on the internet if you want to learn how to use a mouth call. Another advantage of the mouth call is it is small and you can take it everywhere you go. I kept one in each of my vehicles and practiced calling on my morning and evening commutes and whenever else I was driving somewhere by myself. When I stumbled across birds that were by the side of the road during regular drives I grabbed my mouth call and rolled down the window and practiced on them. It's very easy to get lots of practice time in with a mouth call because of the hands free advantage! You can drive while you practice calling!
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