A turkey call is only as good as the hunter employing it. Ensure that if you select a diaphragm turkey call, that you use it to its full potential. The awesome part about these calls is that they are effective, easy to conceal/carry and they are quite versatile.
Also, keep in mind that with a mouth call, your hands are now free. If current technology has taught us anything, it’s that hands-free always trumps traditional versions. These factors increase your success rate, bagging you more turkeys.
Give it a shot!
Pick out a diaphragm, and maybe ask an experienced hunter for help. Mouth calls have a horseshoe shape, so the first thing to know is that you place the curved end towards the back of the mouth. Use your tongue to feel the roof of your mouth; this is how you adjust to see if it’s a good fit.
So, now that you have the call tight in your mouth you can start making a hissing noise, like a snake. Let the air pass between your tongue and the roof. This should produce a high-pitched squeal.
You can adjust the pitch by applying less pressure with your tongue, as the pitch goes higher with more pressure and vice versa.
Additionally, you can make a pretty awesome clucking noise by popping your lips while exhaling. Almost like a weird kiss… it works. The more air you inhale and exhale determines the tone and volume of the call, so play around with a few when you practice. Get familiar with the sounds so you know what to do when the time comes.
Finally, you can make a high-pitched yelp. Combine a high-pitched squeal with a low note, and relax your jaw. Try to say “chalk” out loud. This movement creates a yelping noise. You can ease the pressure for a lower pitch, as per above.