The Best Turkey Mouth Calls

by Braxton Taylor

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Turkey mouth calls have one clear advantage over other types—you can run them hands-free. Sure, they require a learning curve, but if you find the right call and practice, you’ll be able to churn out a wide range of realistic turkey vocalizations while holding your gun at the ready. Unlike box calls, pots, or wingbones, mouth calls are easy to stash, relatively inexpensive, and you don’t have to worry about weather conditions affecting their performance.

However, you’ll need to test a few before you find one that works for you. Because everyone has a different size and shaped mouth, you might find that one call that works for you doesn’t quite work for the next guy. This is normal. And finding the right one feels a lot like finding a tom that’s ready to dance. When you do, you’ll know it. Here’s a list of the best turkey mouth calls we’ve used to chase gobblers across the country.

Jump to: The Turkey Mouth Calls We Recommend

What We Look For in a Good Turkey Mouth Call

These field-tested calls check all the boxes for us, and they’re responsible for more than a few punched tags. You might not agree with these picks, but you should agree with the factors below when you shop for your next call.

  1. Ease of Use
  2. Sound Quality
  3. Cut Type
  4. Versatility

Honestly, you’ll have to find a call that fits your mouth. You might even have to trim the tape a bit. Regardless, you need to find a call that you can run easily and sounds realistic. If you can run the gamut of turkey sounds on a single call, you’ve found your huckleberry.

Some cut types will serve some people better than others. This is because everyone has a different mouth. You might find that you can work a thicker/thinner latex. Regardless, you’ll likely burn through several calls before landing on one that suits you best. Luckily, turkey mouth calls are inexpensive, so you won’t have to blow your budget before finding the right one.

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The Turkey Mouth Calls We Recommend

The MeatEater crew has hunted turkeys almost everywhere you can find them. These picks represent the turkey mouth calls we trust when we’re trying to coax a stubborn gobbler in range.

What Makes a Good Turkey Mouth Call

1. Ease of Use

Some diaphragm calls require a ton of air to run. Unless you’re an excellent caller, this means you’ll have less control over the sound quality. On the other hand, a call that requires minimal airflow is easier to run and control. If you’re just starting out, find a call that’s easy to use and stick to the basics.

2. Sound Quality

Realism matters when it comes to calling turkeys, especially pressured birds. Yes, sometimes a gobbler that’s ready to die will come running to anything that sounds remotely close to a hen, but these instances don’t happen often. This probably has more to do with user-ability and practice, but starting with a call that you can run well will give you a great foundation.

3. Cut Type

Depending on your skill level, some cut types will be easier to work. Again, this will take some trial and error to determine, so don’t be surprised if you go through several calls before finding one that sticks. Some cuts will excel with certain turkey vocalizations, so having a few different options in your vest never hurts.

4. Versatility

Stealth plays a huge role in turkey hunting success. If I can make all the sounds on one call, I don’t have to fumble around and find another call when I need to go from soft tree yelps to excited cutts or clucks. Find a mouth call that allows you to make as many vocalizations as possible and buy more than you need.

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