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Pot Call Instructions

Hold the pot, striking surface up, with your thumb in the nine o’clock position and middle finger at three o’clock. Grip the peg like a pencil, thumb in the striker’s center. You can make a variety of turkey calls by varying the stroke pattern. All vocalizations require keeping the peg tip on the surface.

 

To cluck, put the peg’s tip on the striking surface. Angle it slightly inward with pressure and pull it toward you. Cluck softly with less pressure; louder and deeper with more.

 

To yelp, draw small ovals on the pot’s surface. As with clucking, less pressure makes softer yelps.

 

To purr, draw a slow line across the surface, as if the turkey were walking or feeding. Make these lines in an agitated way to imitate fighting purrs.

 

To imitate cutting (fast clucking) keep the peg’s tip on the surface as with the other calls. Stroke as if clucking, but repeat rapidly multiple times.

 

Learning how to use a slate call takes time. Listen to the birds you hunt to imitate their vocalizations. Matching your sounds to those made by real wild turkeys requires practice — before, during and after the season.