I am no expert but its hard to mess up a springloaded box call....slate calls arent to hard with a bit of practice but dont work when the get wet. i am gonna try to master a glass call this year with some diferent strikers..i am still a novice and i havent bagged my first tom yet so dont take me tooooo seriously....i think you will get a ton of good advise from the good folks on here.
The easiest call to use is the push button calls and Loman has a push pull call. I would start out with a box call and then move to glass or slate. Once you get down the fiction calls you can use anything. I love my glass calls and my Ben Lee jet slate call. I have got several turkeys and all of them on different calls. But learning to use several different calls so when that turkey hangs up hit him with a different sound it just may be the ticket to a turkey dinner.
Some people like mouth calls , but I don't use them just because I can't get pass the gag reflex in my throat.
BB....Best thing I ever did in learning the different and many calls that hens make is to by a set of cassete tapes. Real turkeys 1,2,3,&4 by Lovell Williams will let to listen too every call that a hen produces Spring thru Fall. Sit down with these tapes, take your call of choice, then listen to each call and try to replicate it. Also works great on the way to work with a diaprahm call stock in your kisser. Great way to practice and NOW is the time!
Personally, I like slate calls overall. The old Quaker boy double slate I have has a quality tone that I(and the turkeys) like .The key to it is the solid plexi-glass stricker that provides a deeper tone. Glass calls dont always work well when they're wet either! The cheap plastic strickers emit a higher pitch tone, but again any and all will work on any given day. Depends as many have said on the mood of the bird & what sets him off that day!
Push-pin type calls are simple to use and can be attatched to the gun. Box calls are harder to learn but there sound will carry farther on windy days. Having a few differnt calls CAN be the difference between success and failure. You dont have to be a master caller to call in a gobbler but knowing the calls and being able to duplicate them with different type callers will surely increase your odds........TF
best time to scout is during season,go out in the evening in camo(NO WEAPON) and listen for gobbles and flying up to roost at sunset or just after...if you locate one flying up to the roost you're in business for the next morning...go in and set up and start calling about 100 yds away...call very softly with yelps while they are still on the roost(just before sun-up/light)
i always tell new guys to work the slate its not at all hard and to practice on the real deal, i mean try doing what george said. if you get out and something happens you dont understand just post it and us veterans will help as best we can. good luck
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