Mouth Call Instructions

To call, use your tongue to fit the diaphragm against the roof of your mouth. Face the straight edge forward. Try for a tight air seal. Now put your tongue lightly against the reed or reeds.

To yelp, push air between the top of your tongue and the reed. Saying words as you do this can help.

When yelping on a mouth call using likely the words “chick,” chirp,” “chop” or “chalk”. Whichever word you choose for this vocalization, make your yelps with snapping, beaklike lips — just as a turkey would.


To cluck, say “pock” or “puck” as you call.


To purr, make a fluttering sound with your throat or tongue as you expel air across the reeds.


For cutting, run clucks together in a fast series.


To cackle, make variable clucks and yelps to imitate a turkey flying from the roost.


Fall turkey hunters often kee-kee or kee-kee-run.

To kee-kee on a mouth call, say “pee-pee-pee” as you put more tongue pressure on the reed. Keep the notes rising with lost urgency — as when a young turkey is separated from a family flock. To add the “run” part, say “chalk-chalk” after the kee-kee.

Running your mouth diaphragm call with the right number, rhythm, length, volume, spacing and pitch of notes will improve your turkey calling game. Listen to real birds. Learn from your mistakes as you practice. Soon you’ll be able to make the many turkey sounds and trick a wild bird into range.