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Charles Hammack
PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 8:40 pm  Reply with quote
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Here is the Cow Horn Turkey Calls that I have told a few folks about .

I can trace the call type in my family back to the 1840's

This is a friction type call for those that wonder how it works , you scratch the wood peg on the slate that is cupped in the hand.


Now lets go talk turkey .


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 9:39 am  Reply with quote
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I almost thought you said "car horn" turkey calls. I had to laugh, because that is how many Virginia mountain boys hunt them. I was taught this little trick. We would drive out to a likely area just at dusk, park, open the window, and blow the horn. Any goblers roosting up in the area for the night would sound off. We'd go back just before dawn the next morning with an owl hooter, locate the bird, then set up and call him down with a hen call if we could. One old boy I hunted with called them in with his voice alone. He could imitate a hen, tom, jake, or poult to perfection with his mouth. It was uncanny.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 9:54 am  Reply with quote
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Nick, bring one to Flatwater. Should make for an intresting discussion. We can all talk "turkey".

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 9:54 am  Reply with quote



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Well, the master played those for me over the phone. Very sweet!

I think I need one.

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Gil S
PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:22 pm  Reply with quote
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How do you trace such calls in your family back to 1840?
A buddy had a similar designed call, but instead of horn, there was a bell-shaped wooden hood with a peg similarly situated as yours. It was his grandfathers and fairly old He got lucky when he lost it in the woods. I found it, recognized it and returned it. One of my favorite slate calls uses a box turtle shell to hold the slate. Lamar Williams of Starke FL used to sell them but possession of the shell is now illegal in Florida. I find a lot of box turtle shells in the woods or between train tracks. Turtles get trapped between the tracks and the sun on a hot day kills them. I use a coping saw to cut the slate after making a cardboard template that fits the shell. The slate is harder to find than the shells.
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Charles Hammack
PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 5:48 am  Reply with quote
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My Grandfather what 98 when he passed away in 1980 , He my uncles , Mother all told of my Grandfathers , Grandfather coming from Reels Foot lake Tenn. area and settling the very ground I currently live on .

He brought the calls with him at that time , 1842 was the date settled here , the eldest Grandfather and the next Grandfather were Market Hunters as well as my Grandfather when he was a young man , then made his living as a farmer. ( Whew this gets confusing gotta keep the numbers straight )

My Grandfather made sure all of us kids knew how to make the call and carry on the tradition.

I enjoy seeing all the different variations of calls folks have made over the years .


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Gil S
PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 4:26 pm  Reply with quote
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Charles,
That's quite a family history. I'm afraid if I dug that far back I'd find sheep and goose thieves and cattle rustlers. Reelfoot Lake has an interesting history as well. Here's the box turtle shell calls.
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Charles Hammack
PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 9:08 pm  Reply with quote
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Turtle shell would make a good sound chamber indeed , Thanks for posting the pic I have never seen one like that before .


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