In April and May, male turkeys gobble and show off to attract a mate. While their minds are preoccupied with finding girlfriends, gobblers can be lured in close by mimicking the sounds of a lovesick hen. Hunters use a variety of homemade or store-bought turkey calls for this. You can make your own turkey call out of recycled kitchen trash.
You’ve probably heard turkeys gobble, but the sound you want to make is a yelp. To a turkey, “yelp, yelp, yelp” means “here I am, come on over.” To make this sound, hold the tip of the straw in your lips and suck in like you’re giving someone a kiss. With practice, you’ll soon be able to produce a sharp yelp.
Nichole LeClair Terrill