A mouth call’s versatility is tough to beat, and the hands-free operation is a huge asset when turkeys are in close. But it’s unquestionably the most difficult type of call to master, especially when it comes to the subtle sounds, like clucks and purrs. Both sounds require soft, controlled air flow to replicate, but it can be difficult to blow the average mouth call that softly while still vibrating the reeds enough to make noise.

Zink Calls’ Josh Grossenbacher had just stepped off the competition calling stage at the National Wild Turkey Federation Convention when we pulled him into the media for a quick calling lesson. Listen carefully at what he has to say about learning the cluck and purr on a mouth call. Turkey talk included.