If you haven’t read the first part of this story, check it out here. Anyway, Barry asked me several questions and asked me to run a couple of the mouth calls that I had with me and listened and thought and finally, he handed me a mouth call. It was a little half reed single reed yelper. I had never seen such a thing. He told me, you won’t win any contests with it, but you will kill a lot of turkeys. He then spent the next hour with me off and on helping me practice with it to produce what he called fast yelping. He said all you have to do is say, “fit, fit, fit, fit, fit”. A couple of times, he took it out and made a little cut or two on it, but not much. I do a similar version to that call that Barry taught me today, and gobblers do love it, although I don’t use a half reed any more.
Once he was happy with my fast yelping, he handed me a 2 Reed split V call and started working with me on making a 2 note yelp. I would produce a “keeeeee” and then a “yawwwwk”. And he had me go back and forth and back and forth with just the single sounds and he would make minor adjustments to the call. Finally he said, do both sounds fast and put them together and I did my first yelp on a mouth diaphram. Boy was that an awesome moment. He did tell me not to use it in the woods. I am pretty sure it still sounded pretty rough. Oh, I almost forgot, while he was working with me, one of the competition callers came up with a hard brief case slam full of mouth calls. He was also getting Barry to find tune his calls. I won’t say who he worked for, but I will tell you that the calls he was blowing on stage were Springfield calls, they were not made by the name of his sponsor that was on his shirt. I promise, I am going to get to the birth of the Mark Thomas Signature Hill Harper call soon. See you in my next installment.