The thundering gobble of a lovestruck tom is one of the iconic sounds of spring, which is why it can be jarring to hear it in the autumn woods. Truth is, turkeys gobble year-round, though not as often or as predictably as in spring. Still, a gobble is a great way to target toms after busting up a fall flock—and a valuable call to add to your fall sequences.
There are many ways to gobble with diaphragm and tube calls, but the newest craze (and most realistic sounding) is a mouth-blown call like the Down-n-Dirty Haint ($55). Similar to short-reed goose calls, mouth gobblers require tongue control, varying back pressure, and lots of practice.
Shaking one of these calls belts out a pretty good imitation of a jake gobble, but to challenge adult toms, use two hands. Simply pump the call in and out quickly, closing your hand over the bell end on the final note to sound like a boss tom.
Rapidly running the paddle across the top of a box call’s sound chamber produces a decent gobble, but the technique is tough to master. Instead, I wrap a rubber band around both paddle and box, an inch or two from the pivot point. Then I hold the call upside down by the box and shake it vigorously to roll out a gobble.