I'm a Pro Staffer for Rod Benson game calls and have used'em even before I worked for him. In my opinion, I haven't heard one yet that can beat the quality of his calls. This is all this man does, build and perfect game calls and calling techniques. He's also called and guided professionally for the last 25 years in 32 different states.
The Snappin Crackin Combo slate call is the best seller we have.
Couple that with a kee kee diaphram or a Double tone notch box and you'll have a deadly combination.
A good stratagy is to bust a flock then call'em back with a kee kee call. I've found this to be the best bet for fall turkey huntin.
Good Luck !!
I like shortcuts because I'm not one of the sportsmen who has the opportunity to be in the woods practicing a lot.
My favorite, (now only) turkey call is the Knight and Hale Lonesome hen. I can't use a diaphram, and my slate calls don't seem to have any effect. (probably used badly) but the Lonesome Hen, has produced gobbles every spring since I got it. I can call them right in to the point where I do something else to scare them off. With the slate and other attempts, the calls themselves scare them away before I get a chance to.
Box call of which I have two: Ben Lee - twin hen; Mad - cherry bomb
Glass call; HS Strutt triple glass and 4 or 5 different strikers
Mouth call or diagphram - my avorite is HS Strutt Gold Prem double.
On all of these I think the manufacturer is probably irrelevant until you find what you like.
A double sided box provides two different tones or pitches with the same call. Carrying multiple strikers provides multiple pitches and tones with the glass (slate and aluminum would be the same). The mouth call I use because after 15 years of using multiple brands and reed numbers I have settled on the fact that this one gives me the most versatility to make multiple types of calls loud and soft. With a mouth call you might have to experiment until you find one that fits your mouth.
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