I’m struggling to find a grunt call I like. I really liked the original true talkers but my last one finally died. The newer ones just seem poorly constructed, sound like a wounded duck, or as big as my bow. Also interested in what other calls people carry.
I use "The Natural" by Knight and Hale. They made a special edition a few years ago made from cherry wood, and I bought it. You can change the tone (low-hi) by removing the front portion of the call and moving the rubber O-ring. Most grunt calls are made this way anymore.
I think the key to calling is to call lightly and infrequently. The call also needs to sound "beatable" by the buck you're grunting at.
Some guys like to blind call and others will only call when they see a buck they want to come into range. I will blind call, but only if I'm in very dense cover and not in open woods. This will force any buck to get very close to you vs. looking in your direction in open woods, seeing nothing, and not coming in to check it out.
I use a cheap call. Primos Trophy Grunter call. Only $7 but i call in anywhere between 10-20 deer every archery season. That is doe included. Not expensive and works like a charm for me anyway. I never go hunting without it.