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Can anyone give a quick explanation as to what different calls mean to the turkey? and what are the best calls to use throughout the day at certain times?
or possibly point me in the right direction of a good video that explains these things in detail

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Youtube is a great resource for this. I don't have a suggested video but search for some key words would help.

Cody turkey calls put out a video 10yrs ago (maybe more) that I thought was excellent for using friction calls and the different types of call etc.
 

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here is my interpretation

cluck- just milling around communal sounds hens make
purr- similar to cluck, feeding, singals contentment
yelp-turkey letting other turkeys know where they are or trying to find each other

assembly yelp- boss hen yelping 10-20 yelps in a row to bring the birds together

fly down cackle- sound hen makes as she takes the leap of faith in the morning

cut/cutting- exited hens do this, either in excitement or challenging another hen

fighting purr- angry sounds when coming in challenging or mixed with a fight

kee kee run- baby/young turkeys do this when lost and searching for momma

cackle- have heard hens do this when all fired up

alarm putt- almost like a sharp cluck when a turkey is spooked youll hear this

tree calls- very soft yelps, mixed in with quite clucks and cuts, as it gets closer to fly down these will get louder and closer together

I think I covered a decent amount of them

Oh yeah:

Gobble- male turkeys do this to try and bring their hens to them, or let their hens know where they are.

See also- noise that turned me into an addict.
 

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Go to the NWTF website then under Hunting, Wild Turkey Basics then select Wild Turkey Sounds. All the info you need.
 

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Yes i hear phantom gobbles all the time lol but thanks for the info bud, I have an issue with how loud to call, like when someone says a soft yelp, Im not sure exactly how soft to do it so that the bird can still hear it. Also, are there certain times you want to do certain calls and certain times you want to completely leave a call alone? I mean obviously the leap of faith yelp is an early morning thing before they leave the roost. I don't mean to bombard you with questions, but i have endless amounts of them
 

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One sound I would add to TurkeyMike's list is the gobbler's locator cluck. Sometimes when you get a gobbler to a spot where he thinks he should see the hen, he gives a series of hard clucks. He's saying, "I'm right here. Where are you?" If he doesn't get a response, he doesn't hang around long. The gobbler I shot this morning was doing this. I called in a gobbler Saturday that did it at about 40 yards, and after about 5 clucks he left. If he's doing that, you need to give him a soft cluck back, or a quiet yelp, or shoot him before he leaves.

Steve.
 

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A.J. said:
Yes i hear phantom gobbles all the time lol but thanks for the info bud, I have an issue with how loud to call, like when someone says a soft yelp, Im not sure exactly how soft to do it so that the bird can still hear it. Also, are there certain times you want to do certain calls and certain times you want to completely leave a call alone? I mean obviously the leap of faith yelp is an early morning thing before they leave the roost. I don't mean to bombard you with questions, but i have endless amounts of them
Look up my posts from 2013 in this forum LOL

The thing you really need to do is go out and sit pre season, LEAVE THE CALLS AT HOME, and just listen to turkeys. That is what I did and it really helps you out. Youtube videos are good, but only real life experiences can really give you a feel for the volumes, and what they acturally sound like.

IMO my biggest issues in my first three years was just calling too loud. Yeah I killed birds but had more hang up. This year toning down my calling, and not calling as much, has paid off big. I attribute that to just being out around the turkey and getting a feel for what they sound like, what sounds they make when, how gobblers respond to different calls.

You are exactly like how I was when I first started. The thing you will learn is that it is not instant success. Yes you may kill birds, but I am sure you have had birds hang up on you and such. I am no pro by any means, but anything I am recommending is because I have been there.

Youll get there, but even veterans that you see posting in here still learn things everyday, but for sure your best teacher is a hen. I got into contest calling this year, and found myself watching other callers, or listening to guys calling. This IMO is not the way to do it. Listen to turkeys, and try to mimic them. They are your best teacher.
 

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Cool thanks, i was actually just watching some videos with a guy from that organization, they were actually pretty good just a little short, ill have to check out the website, thanks again
 

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Yeah I actually only started hunting last spring, wanted to hunt since i was probably 7 years old but never had any family or friends to go with and learn from. I actually had a gobbler answer one of my calls last time i was out which was extremely exciting but i must have did something wrong or didnt wait him out long enough because i never saw him which stinks because he sounded really close. I really just need to get out and spend more time in the woods like you said. Im still looking to fill my first ever tag for any animal, it definitely gets frustrating, only because i don't know what I'm doing right or wrong, so I'm just trying to take it slow, keep learning and hopefully ill get to taste success soon enough
 

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Just take your time and enjoy learning. You're not going to be able to learn everything at once so keep it simple. Three, four or five note yelps and clucks will be all you need to start. Time in the turkey woods as well as watching and listening to videos will help fine tune your methods.
 

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Go on the pixcontroller site. they have cameras set-up over feeders. I haven't been watching lately so can't give you times or even if birds are using the area right now. Camera 3 is your best shot at seeing them. If they come in you'll hear them interacting.
 
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