Taking children with you on a hunt is a great way to introduce them to the outdoors and start teaching them about conservation and everything that hunting entails. That said, you don’t have to wait until the season starts to start teaching them the basics. Turkey hunting season is coming up in April, so this is a great time to start the introductory process and teach them how to use different types of turkey calls. Youth and archery turkey hunting season opens on April 17 here in Minnesota, so if you start teaching them the basics now, they’ll be ready to head into the woods with you this spring.

Let Them Try the Calls

A lot of kids love hands-on learning, so letting them practice with the calls is a great way to get them excited about it. They’ll love trying to recreate the sounds. Teach them the different calls they can make during a hunt and ask them to try and match the sound. Let them know the sounds don’t have to match perfectly. As long as they’re close to the sound, they’ll be alright in the woods.

A good call to start them with is a simple push/pull style call. Those calls are going to have the easiest mechanics and don’t require any complicated techniques. These calls will give them confidence right out of the gate that they can build on with other calls.

You should also teach them what sounds to make in what scenarios. Show them the differences between a tom sound and a hen sound. Teach them the differences between a cluck, purr, cutt, yelp and gobble. Make a game out of it by playing a turkey call and asking them if they can tell you what kind of call it is.

Use Our Stump Blinds

If you want to teach them about turkey calls in real conditions, take them out to the Stump blind and have them practice the calls from inside the blind. Our blinds are heavily insulated, so you won’t disturb your neighbors while you practice on your property. The insulation also makes the blinds comfortable in all weather conditions, so whether you’re practicing in the warm southern states, or the bitter cold winter of the northern states, you’ll be comfortable in the blind.

Our Captain’s Chair will also make practice time inside the blind easier by making it more comfortable. The chairs have a padded back and seat so you can set up shop inside the blind and have a long practice session without any issues. You can leave the chairs inside the blind year-round and use them during hunting season because they won’t make a peep when you’re ready to take your shot.

Keep the kids engaged in learning turkey calls by making the process interactive. Rather than just simply showing them the sounds, let them try the calls themselves or create a game by having them guess sounds you make. Make sure to start them on a relatively easy call so that they don’t get discouraged before they even get started. Once they begin to master the calls, they’ll be excited to practice their new skills on their first turkey hunt this spring with you in your Stump blind.

How did you teach your kids to call turkeys? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

 

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