How To Use Diaphragm Turkey Call? (Tips For Beginners)

A diaphragm turkey call, also known as mouth call, is usually the easiest call to learn to use for the beginners. They offer you a hands-free operation, are lightweight for easy carry, and they’re quite inexpensive.

However, new hunters still have difficulties and frustrations they try to use their mouth calls to produce different turkey calls.

If you’d like to use your mouth call appropriately and keep the skills for years to come, follow the tips I’m about to share with you right below here.

Placing the call in your mouth correctly

This is where the new hunters go wrong- putting the call wrongly in their mouths.

To do it correctly, place your call in your mouth with the open end facing out. Gently push it up to the roof of your tongue with the aid of your tongue.

Note: Always avoid bending your call frame as this might loosen the reeds and affect the sound quality.

After you’ve placed the call in your mouth correctly, follow the steps outlined below to make different calls with your mouth turkey call:

1. To Yelp: Yelping is the simplest type of call you can learn to make using this call. Simply push air between the reed and the top of your tongue. If some air is escaping between the roof of your mouth and your call, you’re doing it incorrectly.

To produce higher yelps, press the tongue against the reed harder; to create softer/lower tones, exert less pressure on the reed.

Saying words as you do a Yelp can help make the sounds more realistic- words like “chop,” “chirp,” “chick,” and “chalk.”

2. To Cluck: Say the words “puck,” “pock,” “tuck,” or “tock” with a single, short air bust.

3. To Cut: which implies faster clucking, you’ll need to run your clucks together in a quick series.

4. To Purr: here, you’ll need to make a fluttering sound with your throat with your tongue or throat as you expel air across the reeds.

5. To Cackle: making realistic turkey cackle vocalizations involves making variable yelps and clucks that imitate the bird flying from a roost.

6. Kee-kee or Kee-kee run: this is especially useful for fall turkey hunters. To kee-kee on your mouth call, say the words “pee-pee-pee” as you as you place more pressure on the reed with your tongue.

Be sure to keep the notes rising with lost urgency- as a young turkey does when separated from its family flock.

To make kee-kee run, just say the words “chalk-chalk” after the kee-kee part.

Here’s a quick video, that makes thing much easier:


Operating your mouth turkey call isn’t a difficult task. You’ll just need to focus on the number, length, volume, pitch, spacing and rhythm of notes as you make different turkey sounds. This will help improve your turkey calling tactics and enable you to fool any gobbler into coming your way easily.

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