Taking Care of your Turkey Calls
Turkey calls are often the wild game hunters best friend. However, improper care and maintenance of your turkey calls can lead to less than stellar performance out in the woods and fields. Here are some tricks and hints for taking care of your turkey calls and keeping them in shape for maximum effectiveness.
Slate Call Maintenance
Slate call boxes are some of the most popular kinds of calls. Slate calls are often also referred to as pot and peg calls. They are made of a variety of materials and come in a variety of different surfaces. Slate calls can be made of aluminum, slate, glass or other materials. However, no matter what kind of slate call you happen to own, there are many several general guidelines that you can use to keep your call boxes in optimal condition so that they will last you through several hunting seasons. In general, you want to make sure that you always keep oil off the striking surface. Watch out for fingerprints from excessive finger handling and field dust. You can keep your slate call box as clean as possible by storing your call box in a specially designed storage pouch, plastic bag or holster when it is not in use. Make sure to store your slate call in a dry, cool place when it is not in use. This will help to prevent warping of the wooden chambers in the call box. You may also want to keep the surfaces of your call box sanded. You should make certain to only sand in one direction. Do not sand back and forth, nor should you sand in a circular motion. When you sand in one direction only, you are ensuring that you are creating that special ‘sweet spot’ on your slate call box. What kind of sandpaper should you use? Light steel wool or a sanding stone can be used. However, you should ideally opt for light grit sandpaper for true slate call boxes. For other surfaces, opt for heavier grit sandpaper. This is a general rule of thumb. Also, you may want to use an emery board on a semi-regular basis to clean the slate call box of dirt and oil. You will want to try to sand the striker tips in one general direction as well.
Information for Maintaining You Box Call
A good box call can be quite expensive, so you want to make sure to take good care of it and preserve it for future hunting seasons, and perhaps even for posterity. Box calls are generally created from crafted pieces of wood. The most important thing is to keep your box call’s surface clean at all times. Do not use sandpaper on a box call. Sandpaper will change the tone of your call, thus rendering it much less effective over time. Always handle your box call with care. Resist the urge of over handling the striking surface, as the natural oils from your fingers will affect the sound and life of your box call. Only use chalks on your box call, but avoid chalks that are made from a sugar or oil base. In general, you should only use chalk on the underside of the lid. The use of chalk can wear down the important beveled edges of the box call. You should also occasionally blow out the sound chamber of the box call, as this can help get rid of chalk dust that may have settled in the interior of the box call.
Maintenance for the Mouth Call
The mouth call also needs special maintenance. You will want to use warm water to rinse out the mouth call after each use. You can also use spray antiseptic to keep it clean. Store your mouth call in a plastic bag and store it in the refrigerator until the next use.