decades ago, it was said the wingbone call and its variations were one of the
most widely used turkey calls found. E.A. McIlhenny claimed the wingbone had brought
the death of more wild turkeys than any type caller. Today, the wingbone hasn't
become any less effective, just not as common. With so many easy to use, over-the-counter
calls available, the wingbone has been somewhat relegated to the shelves. With
a little practice however, it could be your ace this season.
words "wing bone" often imply many distinct variations of the basic
bone caller. Reference to this suction device might be cane, reed, quill, Jordon,
Johnson, stem, bone and cane, pipe, suction yelper, Turpin, wingbone and cow horn
or horn call.
bones used to make the wingbone call are most often the humerus, radius and ulna
bones from the wing of a wild turkey. A hen bone seems to work best. The ends
of the bones are removed, the inside reamed of marrow and grease, and the ends
smoothed with a file.
are many. The larger two bones of the wing may be treated as the smaller then
connected with epoxy and wrapped with waxed thread. Hollow tubes of cane, bone,
wood, metal, plastic or cow horn might also be attached.
placing the end of the tongue on the end of the mouthpiece and giving the tongue
a ?sudden suck and jerk,? a variety of turkey notes can be reproduced.
easiest way to use a wingbone is to put the tip of the small bone between your
lips and make a kissing sound. You'll get a weird sound at first, but keep trying.
If you don't get a sound, pull the tip out slightly and try it again. It takes
a while to get the hang of it, but once you do, you can make sounds that are pure
turkey. People who have perfected the wingbone call can make yelps, kee-kees,
purrs and even gobbles.
to make your own wingbone call
Use a dull knife to whittle or scrape the flesh from the bone and trim away the
cartilage from the joint ends.
2. Using a coping saw, hack saw or Dremel
tool, cut off both ends of each bone. Remove the marrow and fit the bones together,
trim the bones a little at a time to get them to fit snugly.
cotton into the joints to make the call rigid. A small, standard-blade screw driver
works great for this.
4. Next, seal the joints with a fast-setting, clear
epoxy to make the call air tight and let dry.
5. Sand the epoxy to make
it smooth and seamless.
6. A lanyard and other adornments, such as beads,
can then be added for decorative purposes.