Gobbles, Clucks and Yelps

Heres a program from our archives.In the holiday season, it’s not unusual for one’s thoughts to turn to turkeys. For those who hunt Wild Turkeys, an important skill is learning the art and science of imitating A turkey’s call. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.Keck: I’m gonna make a few clucks and yelps. Clucks are single notes that hens and gobblers both make, and yelps both hens and gobblers make also, but they have just a little difference in their sound.ambience, turkey box call Keck: That’s a cluck…and that’s a yelp.Rob Keck is executive vice president of the National Wild Turkey Federation, an organization responsible in part for restoring the Wild Turkey to much of its original range across the United States. The friction device Rob’s using is named a box call. The box has a lid, and when you slide it open, it makes the sound you hear. But that’s not the only way to imitate a turkey.Keck: The air call that I have with me here today is a mouth diaphragm, a mouth yelper that fits up at the roof of the mouth, and by applying some pressure with the tongue and exhaling the air, you can make sound, just about any sound that a wild turkey makes.ambience, turkey mouth callLastly, there’s the slate call.Keck: It’s a piece of stone or slate fashioned to fit the hand, and a wooden striker that’s held vertically to the slate and it’s just worked in a circular back and forth motion and produces a turkey sound.ambience, turkey slate callThis archival program is part of our thirtieth anniversary celebration. If you want hear more, check out our podcast. Im Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

Gobbles, Clucks and Yelps

A whole range of turkey vocalizations can be mimicked with calling devices.
Air Date:11/02/2018
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Heres a program from our archives.In the holiday season, it's not unusual for one's thoughts to turn to turkeys. For those who hunt Wild Turkeys, an important skill is learning the art and science of imitating A turkey's call. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.Keck: I'm gonna make a few clucks and yelps. Clucks are single notes that hens and gobblers both make, and yelps both hens and gobblers make also, but they have just a little difference in their sound.ambience, turkey box call Keck: That's a cluck...and that's a yelp.Rob Keck is executive vice president of the National Wild Turkey Federation, an organization responsible in part for restoring the Wild Turkey to much of its original range across the United States. The friction device Rob's using is named a box call. The box has a lid, and when you slide it open, it makes the sound you hear. But that's not the only way to imitate a turkey.Keck: The air call that I have with me here today is a mouth diaphragm, a mouth yelper that fits up at the roof of the mouth, and by applying some pressure with the tongue and exhaling the air, you can make sound, just about any sound that a wild turkey makes.ambience, turkey mouth callLastly, there's the slate call.Keck: It's a piece of stone or slate fashioned to fit the hand, and a wooden striker that's held vertically to the slate and it's just worked in a circular back and forth motion and produces a turkey sound.ambience, turkey slate callThis archival program is part of our thirtieth anniversary celebration. If you want hear more, check out our podcast. Im Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.