Turkey Box Calls

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Project by Alongiron posted 880 days ago 1395 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These Turkey Box Calls, made from Walnut and Cherry, are for my Brother-in-law and his son who live in Wisconsin and are big into Turkey hunting. I am really not sure how they work but I guess if you put chalk on the tops it causes a vibration and if you do it just right it sounds like a turkey and will bring them in closer to you. I rounded the top on one side so they can flip it over to produce different sounds. There is also a spring under the screw so that you can tighten or loosen the screw to produce different sounds. I put on a couple of coats of oil for protection. I hope they can make them work!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....

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#1 posted 880 days ago

Well done.

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#2 posted 880 days ago

no oil! Chalk and oil don’t mix well.

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#3 posted 880 days ago

A great job and I am sure your relatives will put these to good use.

Make sure they remember you on Thanksgiving day!!

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#4 posted 880 days ago

You need to get your relatives to introduce you to the art of turkey calling—even if you don’t hunt, the calling of a Tom up to where you are is one of life great pleasures. I once observed that “time spent in the woods turkey hunting is not counted against one.” Great job and as “hunter71” commented: chalk only! You can add some rubber bands and make a great gobble.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 880 days ago

Tell me about those rubberbands?

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#6 posted 880 days ago

The spring is good, keeps the lid up.
rubber bands keeps down pressure on the lid
and the chalk is for lube to keep from wearing down the edges. No oil !
By just taping on the handle sides with finger tips you can cherp like a hen feeding,
hold the box in one hand and jerk it left to right and back and it will cluck,
not too often, just enough to give him the direction and come running to your table.
Bang, turkey for dinner, the round side of the lid should be on the down side.

-- GaryW, Edgefield SC, Too old to start over, can't remember why...

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#7 posted 880 days ago

Never seen one before, but these look like nice pieces. Never had much need for one since the supermarket keeps my turkeys all together in the freezer section, LOL.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#8 posted 879 days ago

There are several approaches used that I’ve seen. Lynch uses a set of eyelets and rubber bands over the center of the box (as I recall), and Primus uses a rubber band through a hole at the base of the box opposite the screw/spring hinge (easiest) and over the lid handle. The whole idea is to use a loose attachment, hold the box by its sides at the screw/spring end, letting the box hang down, wiggle the box back and forth (gently at first, increasing until you get the result you want), and it produces a pretty good gobble. Check out some commercial box calls at some hunting supply like Cabelas or BassPro. Good luck.

P.S. to Martyroc: My sympathies if the only turkey you’ve eaten is from the supermarket. Wild turkey is absolutely the BEST wild game I’ve had, far superior to domestic! Wild turkey has the flavor of dark meat in the breast and no gamey taste. I sincerely hope you have the opportunity to try it sometime.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 879 days ago

Thanks everyone for your help!

I did figure out how to use them….... Now I just gotta just teach the turkeys!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....

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#10 posted 879 days ago

There you go, Steve. Now, all we need to do is get the Turkeys to play along.

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#11 posted 878 days ago

Nice boxes!!!!!!!!!.........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 878 days ago

My neighbor brought one home and was in the front yard playing with it. He actually made that call sign, baby sing. I found myself standing in my front yard with a 12 gauge in my hand before I realized it was a false alarm.

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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