When hunting season comes around it’s time to get your turkey calls ready to help lure the wild turkeys within shooting range. If you’re looking for a simple turkey call or if you’re new to turkey hunting, the push button turkey call will be your best pick. It can create realistic turkey vocalizations with just the push or pull of a button. This article will give an overview of what they are, how to use them and some product reviews of the most popular models on the market to help you choose the best push button turkey calls for your next hunting excursion.
What are Push Button Turkey Calls
Push button turkey calls are considered the simplest of all turkey calls because they’re the easiest to learn and use. They’re the most popular turkey call for any new turkey hunter. Push button turkey calls are usually made out of wood (eg. walnut) and/or plastic. They create realistic turkey sounds such as yelping, purring or clucking to lure in the wild turkeys, just with a push or pull of a button.
One thing to note is their sensitivity to rain and high humidity. They’re not recommended to be used in these conditions because moisture on a push button turkey call can silence any sound. They also have a smaller range of turkey sounds compared to other call types (such as diaphragm or slate calls). During the hunting season mature turkeys may catch on to your push button vocalizations. But nonetheless, their simplicity makes them easily accessible and quick to use.
How to Use Them
The mechanics of a push button turkey call is quite simple; all you have to do is push and/or pull a button that’s on the end of the call. The pushing and/or pulling action forces the peg to slide across the striking surface. With each strike, you can make a variety of turkey vocalizations such as yelping, purring or clucking. Many models have been designed to be attached to gun stocks which allows you to use the call quickly and readily with one hand.
To make different turkey sounds you’ll need to learn some different techniques. To create a yelp give the button a firm push all the way down at a medium speed. If you push at a faster speed you’ll create shorter yelps. For a clucking sound tap the striker rod quickly four to five times. To create an exciting cackle rhythmically push the striker rod in short, quick bursts then follow it up with a set of long bursts. For a purring noise you’ll need the push button call to vibrate. Firmly push the rod down, but do so slowly to create a soft purr. Be sure to practice with your push button turkey call in order to master the various turkey vocalizations.
Now that you’ve learned the push button turkey call basics it’s time to check out some of the most popular models on the market.
Knight & Hale Tom Coffin Push/Pull Turkey Call
The Tom Coffin is one of the most user friendly push/pull turkey calls. It’s been ergonomically designed to fit snug in your hand and give you natural turkey sounds. The Tom Coffin’s notable features are its volume adjustment, tone adjustment and a silencer to keep calls quiet until you’re ready to strike. The adjustment features allow you to create a wider variety of turkey vocalizations. Its tough durable box is designed for one-handed use or can be easily mounted on your gun barrel. Knight & Hale have been in the game call industry since 1972 and have created some of the most well-trusted products among hunters.
Knight & Hale Witchy Woman Wooden Friction Call
The Witchy Woman is a push/pull turkey call that can produce the most realistic hen sounds. The box is made out of durable walnut and thoughtfully designed to be used with minimal hand movements. They’re a great choice for even the most novice turkey hunters because it’s easy to use and work well to bring wild turkeys into range. The Witchy Woman is exceptional for turkey location. Knight & Hale are committed to creating turkey calls that are user friendly and give you the most natural-sounding turkey calls.
Hunter Specialties Strut Push Button Yelper Turkey Call
The Strut Push Button Yelper Call is made out of walnut hardwood, specially selected to create natural turkey tones. It gives you fingertip control to more easily produce a range of clucks, purrs and yelps. The Yelper Call is easy to use and is a great choice for beginners and even experts in the field. The Yelper Call may be simple and easy to use, but it should not be underestimated when it comes to creating some of the most realistic turkey vocalizations.
Hunter Specialties Gobbler Grenade Push Button Call
The Gobbler Grenade was ergonomically designed to be a small convenient size so you can use it with just one hand or easily attach it to your gun barrel. It also comes with an elastic strap to keep it on your wrist during use. The Gobbler Grenade has an adjustable collar to allow you to change the pitch and tone of your turkey calls. This push button call can make various turkey vocalizations such as yelps, clucks, cuts, cackles and purrs. One of its most notable features is its waterproofness, which makes it a great turkey hunting companion, rain or shine.
Mad Call MD-340 Egg Push Button Yelper Turkey Call
The Egg Push Button Yelper has been uniquely shaped to fit comfortably in your hand for one-handed operation. It also includes a gun mount attachment for added convenience. It features an aluminum sounding board to give you true high-pitched turkey tones. It’s a great traditional push button turkey call that allows you to create realistic turkey sounds during any hunting excursion.
Before using your push button turkey call make sure to familiarize yourself with the wild turkeys in your hunting grounds. Throughout the year be sure to listen to their different tones and sounds so you can learn how to match them. This will help you figure out what will be the best push button turkey calls for your given area. Practice makes perfect when it comes to using any turkey call, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll have them lured and within range.