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Box Call Tune-Up Tips at Cabela's

Box Call Tune-Up Tips

Author: Jay Langston, NWTF

Box calls, like automobiles, need regular tune-ups. Even new boxes might need some service. Glazing striking surfaces, changing lid screw tension, or possibly dirt or moisture on the lid can cause sour notes.

Box call

A turn of the screw, light sanding or a few rubs of chalk can put you back in the driver’s seat.

Try these tips:
  • Using fine sandpaper, sand the box’s feathered edges on top of the lip. Lightly sand along the whole length of the curve.
  • Turn the box upside down and sand the underside (curved) part of the lid. Use medium or rough sandpaper, sanding across the grain.
  • Chalk the lid thoroughly, using a soft, talc chalk (greaseless).
  • With a screwdriver, adjust the box’s lid screw so that the handle end is slightly downward.
  • Test the call for sound until you are satisfied with the tone it produces.
Pitch is an important factor to consider when tuning. Listen to a recording of wild turkeys to get it right. Wild turkey sounds are available on Spittin’ Feathers, a CD sold through the NWTF, that provides a wealth of real wild turkey sounds. You can purchase Spittin’ Feathers and other turkey related products by calling 800-THE-NWTF.