After experiencing my first hunt ever down in Shawnee Nat. Forrest earlier this year (May 3rd-9th) I was hooked. There’s something about the entire process, and the very real possibility of total failure, that I found very appealing.
For my first hunt, I decided to shadow a fellow hunter and new friend, and opted out of getting a Turkey Tag altogether. Check out some of his hunting videos here I wanted a full on experience without the added stresses often associated with ‘tagging out’.
While I will not go into the details of the hunt itself in this article, I will discuss one of the key ‘take-aways’ I had post hunt – Calling.
The call most animals make can be replicated in a variety of different ways. With turkey, the slate and diaphragm calls are two go-to options for avid Turkey hunters. Box calls and push button units are also a great means of replication.
But there’s another option – the wing bone. Now, there’s an obvious catch to using this call, you have to harvest a turkey first. So if you’re new to the game, the wing bone call is not going to be an option (unless your buddy has one).
As it turns out, making one of these specialized animal calls is a bit labor intensive. It requires a good amount of know-how right out of the gate, a few hours of boiling and scrapping, and a bunch of time set aside for prep and finishing work.
But once completed, the wing bone call can be a key element to any Turkey Hunt. It creates a highly realistic, audible sound that is hard to beat.
So whether you’re new to the game like myself, or an experienced hunter with multiple birds under his/her belt. I urge you to give the wing bone call some serious consideration!