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Hunting and Calling Turkeys with World Champion Matt Van Cise

Day 4: Fill Your Turkey Vest with Different Types of Turkey Calls to Be Successful

Editor’s Note: Matt Van Cise of Brookville, Pennsylvania, has been setting the turkey-calling world on fire and also is an avid turkey hunter. He’s won the Senior Open Division of the World Turkey Calling Championship, the Wild Turkey Bourbon Grand National Championship, five World Open Championships, four Grand National Championships, three U.S. Open Championships and numerous others.

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewI built my turkey-calling reputation using a diaphragm mouth caller. If I’m hunting by myself, I also use a box call every day. I really like the MAD Shady Lady box call ( I also use a custom box call I’ve carried with me for years. I often use a box call after fly-down time, and after the first hunt is over. I like the realism of the turkey sounds and the amount of volume that comes out of a box call. I also use a friction call throughout the day. Last year, I started carrying the MAD Super Aluminator because it has a completely-different sound from other friction calls. The Super Aluminator made a lot of turkeys gobble for me last year. I also carry a wide variety of mouth calls. Besides all my MAD calls, I usually carry some Denny Gulvas diaphragm calls, available at various online sites. Gulvas lives here in Pennsylvania. These diaphragm calls have a completely-different sound than other diaphragm calls, and I use them quite a bit.

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewOn some days, a gobbler only will respond to a certain call. Turkeys are individuals, much like ladies and the shoes they wear. Ladies choose a pair of shoes according to color, style and when and where they want to wear them. Some ladies will have 100-different pairs of shoes. Turkeys are the same way. On some days, they may want one type of call. On another day, they prefer another type of call. So, you may have to use several-different calls. To find the right call for a gobbler on a particular day, determine how quickly he gobbles back to you after you call. If you want to become a serious turkey hunter, I suggest you carry a wide variety of calls. Let the gobblers tell you what type of call and what sounds to use to get that bird to come to you.

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John Phillips, winner of the 2012 Homer Circle Fishing Award for outstanding fishing writer by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA), the 2008 Crossbow Communicator of the year and the 2007 Legendary Communicator chosen for induction into the National Fresh Water Hall of Fame, is a freelance writer (over 6,000 magazine articles for about 100 magazines and several thousand newspaper columns published), magazine editor, photographer for print media as well as industry catalogues (over 25,000 photos published), lecturer, outdoor consultant, marketing consultant, book author and daily internet content provider with an overview of the outdoors. Click here for more information and a list of all the books available from John E. Phillips.

Tomorrow: Gobble Very Little and Use These Suggestions for Taking Toms

Check back each day this week for more about Hunting and Calling Turkeys with World Champion Matt Van Cise

Day 1: Hunt Ready Turkeys and Learn How Matt Van Cise Wins Championships
Day 2: What’s a Stubborn Turkey and How Do You Take Him
Day 3: Get To the Gobblers Quickly
Day 4: Fill Your Turkey Vest with Different Types of Turkey Calls to Be Successful
Day 5: Gobble Very Little and Use These Suggestions for Taking Toms

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Entry 870, Day 4