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I have heard that the traditional Cowhorn/Wingbone yelper originated in Virginia (or maybe NC) but have no way of verifying this. I do know that I have used this type yelper for well over 60 years and it was used by my family (father, uncles and grandfather) for many years prior to my time. Over the years people asked where I got my yelper. There were none available and I started making a few for friends and have continued for some time, although my ‘output’ is very limited.
This is the only yelper that I make. Each call is handmade (horn, mouthpiece and lip stop) and may vary in size, shape and color. The horns, especially, vary in color and I try to choose the lip stop to match the horn as closely as possible.
The yelper consists of a cowhorn, a section of surgical tubing and the small wingbone of the hen turkey or, most recently, a delrin mouthpiece. These three items, when properly assembled, give varied calls of the wild turkey. This is a suction yelper (similar to a three piece ‘wingbone yelper’). It will give a loud volume (if desired) or can be muted by cupping it in a gloved hand giving very soft yelps, clucks, putts or kee-kee when needed. The sounds are very realistic!
THE HORN – (and wingbone, if used) have to be ‘cured’ to get out oils and tissue. The horn is then selected for its final shape, size and color. No two are alike. The horn is hand sanded, scraped and polished to the final desired product. The thinner that a horn can be sanded gives different tones, however, this ‘thinness’ is difficult to obtain as the horns vary in texture, grain and pores that can result in a ruined horn.
THE MOUTHPIECE – The traditional yelper used the small wingbone from a hen turkey, however, these are getting more difficult to obtain since I and others are reluctant to harvest the hen turkeys. Therefore I have begun using a delrin mouthpiece that many find easier to use as the delrin is more consistent in size and shape. I do have a very limited number of hen wingbones that I occasionally use. I do make an adjustable hard rubber over a cowhorn tip that I use as a lip stop, if desired. Standard size mouthpiece has a 7/64" opening which is closer to a mature hen yelp. I do offer a 5/64" opening which is more like a young hen and is somewhat easier to make a kee-kee call. Good to use, if you call young turkeys in the fall.
I DO TELL EVERYONE THAT IF YOU ARE NOT SATISFIED WITH THE YELPER, IT CAN BE RETURNED WITHIN 10 DAYS OF RECEIPT FOR A FULL REFUND, LESS POSTAGE.
Cowhorn Turkey Yelper