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Turkey call instructions for the Moss Double Tone box call

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Default Turkey call instructions for the Moss Double Tone box call

[align=left]Grip: Both grips shown in figs. 1 & 2 will produce the musical raspy note without restricting the volume. (Please note that the fingers are low on the call and that the call can be comfortably braced against the body for added stability if desired).[/align][align=left][/align][align=left]To see all the pictures and figures 1-10, go to http://mossdoubletone.com/turkeycall_instructions.htm.[/align][align=left][/align][align=left]Double Tone Mating Yelp: Used to establish initial contact with the gobbler, this is the fundamental call used in turkey hunting. Place the striker at about 10 degrees to the right of center (fig. 3). Using little or no downward pressure, smoothly slide the striker toward the center of the box (fig. 4) until the striker contacts the inside blade to produce the second note of the true yelp. Repeat for a total of three to five yelps. Twisting and other manipulation of the striker is not required but you can experiment with this method to produce the note and tone desired.[/align][align=left][/align][align=left]Double Tone Cluck: Used at all ranges, the hen turkey uses this sound for "small talk." Place the striker on one of the three blades for a tone desired. Then with a motion similar to plucking a banjo string, "pluck" the striker sharply toward the center of the box. This note is sharp and short in duration and can be varied by modifying the tilt and pressure on the striker. A second method for producing an excellent cluck is done by gripping the call as shown in fig. 5. The left thumb provides a bumper for the striker which is activated by the forefinger of the right hand. Simply hit the striker sharply with the right forefinger toward the center of the box.[/align][align=left][/align][align=left]Double Tone Chirp: Used to indicate a contented environment. This call is made by almost simultaneous contact of the right hand outside and center blade by the striker, and is quiet and not agitated The outside blade is played for a fraction of a second before contacting the inside blade. Stop the note as soon as contact is made with the inside blade, use two to four repetitions for best results.[/align][align=left]To determine the contact point of the inside blade for future reference, place a mark or piece of tape aligned with the slot in the screw head when the striker is positioned to right of and just beginning to contact the inner blade (fig. 6).[/align][align=left][/align][align=left]Double Tone Lost or Assembly Call: Used whenever a hen is calling for the rest of the flock after separation occurs. The call consists of seven to ten yelps which are made to sound as plaintive as possible. Slightly uneven spacing of the yelps will help with the pleading sound. The spacing should start short and gradually get longer toward the last yelp.[/align][align=left]Double Tone Purr: Used to project a contented attitude of well being. A very good call at short ranges. Place the striker on the blade you wish as shown in fig. 7 (Note position of forefinger on striker handle for right hand blade). Then with light down pressure move the striker slowly towards the center of the box so that the striker "stutters" across the blade. Experiment with more or less pressure and tilt to vary the note as desired.[/align][align=left][/align][align=left]Double Tone Whine: Can be used in conjunction with the purr. This is a very effective short range call. Use the same technique as the purr but move the striker slightly faster to eliminate the stutter. By alternating the speed of the stroke, a combination of whine/purr sounds results, which can be easily combined with clucks.[/align][align=left][/align][align=left]Double Tone Whine/Purr into a Yelp: This call may very well be the most seductive sound made to convince the gobbler that all is well. It is especially good for medium ranges. Place the striker approximately 1" to the right of the center blade and resting on the right most blade. Purr the stroke until contact is nearly made with the inside blade, then speed the stroke slightly to produce a crisp short yelp. Follow with two to four chirps for maximum effect.[/align][align=left][/align][align=left]Double Tone Tree Call: This is the call made by the birds while still on the roost. The call is started with the striker on the inside blade alone and on each succeeding stroke, moved further to the right until the striker is on the right outside blade. It is a series of short whines very similar to the Poo-Poo but starts on a low note (center blade) and ends on a higher note (right hand outside blade.)[/align][align=left]Note: Most of the calls described previously can be made using only one hand. Use the ground or your leg to slightly brace the call, freeing the other hand for action. However, the medium to long rang calls are best made using both hands.[/align][align=left][/align][align=left]Double Tone Fly-Down Cackle: Used to imitate a bird flying down from the roost. This call is a series of clucks with a sense of excitement. The cackle can be produced in two ways: [/align][align=left]
[ol][*]Hold the call in the standard grip but tilt the striker clockwise as shown in fig. 8. Strike the left side blade with short rapid "chopping" strokes that start slowly, then increase in tempo, then back to original speed. Use 13 to 15 strokes. It should sound excited. For best results, follow the cackle with two to three short yelps.[*]Place the thumb as shown in fig. 5 to provide a "bumper" to return the striker to the starting position. Use the forefinger of the right hand to rapidly actuate the striker. [/ol][/align][align=left]To Hood the Call: Every call described so far can be altered in tone and pitch by using the grip shown in fig. 9. Note the left hand thumb and forefinger positions shown in fig. 9. Some practice is required for this grip, but it produces a wide range of variations over and above the standard grip. Hooding the call removes some of the rasp engineered into your call and produces a higher, more musical note. By depressing the spring slightly and applying more down pressure on the striker handle (fig. 10) an even higher note is achieved.[/align][align=left][/align][align=left]Double Tone Hooded Cackle: This is a series of yelps starting low and raspy which quickly rises in tone and pitch, then gradually returns to the original note. This is done by a coordinated depression of the striker spring by the left thumb and forefinger which causes the cackle to raise and lower in pitch while being played. Practice is needed to master this call, but it can effectively imitate an excited hen caught up in the mating frenzy. Use this call at longer ranges in conjunction with the mating yelp for best results.[/align][align=left][/align][align=left]Care and maintenance of your call: Remove old chalk buildup by lightly sanding with 150 grit sandpaper. Reapply fresh chalk as necessary. Do this upon receipt of your new call.[/align][align=left]NOTE: Use only soft chalk; any color will do.
[/align][align=left]DO NOT use dustless chalk.[/align][align=left][/align][align=left]DO NOT get wet. Rain can permanently damage any wooden instrument. To protect the call during wet weather, simply place inside a common plastic bag such as a bread sack or the like (avoid bright colors) and play as usual.[/align][align=left]Store in a warm, dry place. With minimum care your call will last a lifetime, and should continue to improve with age.[/align][align=left]Tips: If you prefer a dull finish on your call, lightly rub with fine steel wool or cover with camo tape, etc.[/align]
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