- Learn about different turkey call materials that offer different turkey sounds
- Soundboard, plating surface, striker – all offer options in tone choice
- Learning the sound variations and practicing tone undulations with your own call, it’s the MOST FUN and will help you learn the turkey calling ropes
By Jason Houser
Turkey calls are at the top of the list to be a successful turkey hunter. Walk through the doors of the NWTF convention, and you will see more people selling turkey calls than just about anything else.
A fun and inexpensive project during the off-season is to make a pot call all your own. To make things even better would be to make your own pot call and then kill a turkey with it. Several companies sell turkey call kits, but I recently bought a kit from Brookside Game Calls that included a walnut pot, glass soundboard, slate playing surface, striker, and directions. This is a fun project you can do at home.
The materials needed are easily obtained and include:
- Fine Grit sandpaper for sanding the call. I used 150 grit with excellent results.
- Brookside recommends GOOP, but I used Loctite with excellent results. It is essential to make sure the glue you use is waterproof.
- Oil-based polyurethane to protect the call.
- Nylon Style Clamp.
When I received the call kit, the pot had some rough surfaces. We used 150 grit sandpaper until the edges were smooth.
To protect the surface, I applied a fine layer of oil-based polyurethane that I wiped on with a rag. You could also use the polyurethane from a spray can. I finished the shafts of the strikers in the same manner, but the tip end was left unfinished for better sound.
After the pot was dry, we applied a thin layer of glue to the center of the call. Center the soundboard on the soundboard standoff, then clamp the soundboard into place and allow it to dry.
Once the soundboard is dry, it is time to apply the top of your call. This can be done by either applying a bead of glue to the underside of the playing surface or apply a thin bead of glue to the rim of the call where the playing surface will sit. I chose to apply glue to the rim of the call, and it worked well.
With the playing surface of the call in place, use your clamps and allow the glue to dry for about 12 hours.
Now that you have made your very own turkey call, the only thing left to do is practice with the call until you can make realistic turkey sounds and then go hunt.
Brookside Game Calls has many kit choices to choose from. Even though I purchased a kit that had everything needed to make a call, you can purchase products separately to make the call you like. There are a variety of woods to choose from for pre-cut pots and soundboards, including all the well-accepted materials and playing surfaces such as glass, slate, aluminum, and crystal.
There are also many different kinds of wood for striker pegs and tops to choose from to complete your pot call. Another option is to purchase a kit to make a box call. It is just as fun and simple to make.
Watch this video to see more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlG4XqklPws&t=29s.