John Tanner said even using his own calls, he practices to find just the right tones that produce the sounds he wants turkeys to hear.

“By hunting with various hunters and talking turkey with thousands of hunters, I’ve learned that every hunter has different needs in terms of turkey calls,” he said. “Some hunters love mouth calls, but some gag on them. One hunter can run a box call superbly but only be average with a pot call. It’s not unlike patterning your shotgun for the best shotshell size, load and manufacturer. Each gun will have an ideal set of variables that enable it to produce its best. The same is true of hunters and calls. 

Tanner said every hunter is unique in their skills and abilities and even preferences in style of calls. 

“I make a variety of calls because different calls often make specific sounds best,” he said. “A good caller can perhaps produce a variety of specific calls from a single call, but most calls have specific features that enable them to be great for specific calls. My Purring Block is designed to make great purrs, clucks and low yelps. A good caller can bear down and get decent loud yelps or cutts from this call, but other calls are designed make aggressive sounds more realistic. 

“Don’t stretch the ability of a specific turkey call, use the right one for the intended sound. It takes practice to become a superior turkey caller, but I practice to determine the ones that work best for me in various situations.”