how to make a wingbone turkey call

How To Make A Wingbone Turkey Call Step-By-Step!

Hi, Josh Wells here, of N1 Outdoors, and I’m going to show you step-by-step how to make a wingbone turkey call!

Why Make A Wingbone Turkey Call?

You might want to make a wingbone turkey call for a couple different reasons.

Practically speaking, you might want to use one to locate turkeys (sounds logical, doesn’t it?)

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The fan and beard of a gobbler are prized possessions for a turkey hunter, but the wings can provide what is needed for a DIY turkey call!

Now, I’m not crazy about using one to call turkeys (I prefer a mouth call, pot call or box call). And, while a wingbone turkey calls will work to call birds, I prefer using it to locate birds because of its high pitch.

Secondly, you might want to make a wingbone call for a keepsake, which is why I’ll be showing you how to do this process.

I’m making one for my son Micah, as a way to commemorate his first turkey.

What You’ll Need

wingbone turkey call supplies list

You don’t need much in the way of supplies to make your own wingbone turkey call.

Before we get into the specific steps of making a wingbone turkey call, here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Pocket knife (for fleshing out the bone)
  • Paper (to cover work table)
  • Small pot
  • Dish soap
  • Peroxide
  • Epoxy

How To Make Your Own Wingbone Turkey Call

The process of making a wingbone call is similar in some regards to another instructional I have done on how to make a European mount for a deer skull. But, the cleanup is a lot easier and the boiling takes less time.

Time needed: 4 hours

  • Cut the large bone

    cut line for large wingbone

    When you cut the big bone, you want to cut it right about here and at an angle (see above). We want that end to be as wide as possible so it will project the sound effectively.

  • Clean out the inside of the bones (smaller bones)

    cleaning out wingbone with chainsaw file

    You can get the marrow out several different ways. Once easy way is just to blow it out like a straw. Just pretend like you’re blowing spit balls like you used to in elementary school.

    You can use a chainsaw file and insert it into the bone to remove the hardened marrow.

  • Clean out the inside of the bones (large bone)

    inside of larger wingbone after cutting

    You’ll notice how the larger bone has much more that needs to be cleaned out. You can work at it with the same chainsaw file. If you have a Dremel or similar tool, you can work on removing the marrow fiber that way.

  • Piece the bones together and mark

    sharpie lines on wingbone turkey call

    Piece the bones together so that they follow the same crown line and mark the ends of each, so that when you take them apart to glue them, you’ll know how they go back together.

  • Glue the bones together

    apply epoxy to wingbone joints

    Use epoxy or other adhesive to glue the joints of the wingbones together.

    Once you fit the glued pieces together, backfill any holes or creases so that the joints are airtight. The sound will be better, the more airtight it is.

    You can use your finger to smooth out the adhesive.

    Let them dry according to adhesive directions. Once it dries, you can lightly sand any undesired leftover adhesive residue.

  • Apply thread to joints (optional)

    add glue to threads of wingbone turkey call

    You don’t have to use thread on the joints, but it does give it a nice touch. Add a touch of adhesive and simply start wrapping around the joint until you reach the desired thickness/appearance.

    Once you have finished wrapping, you can add some clear adhesive, so that it saturates the threaded section, hardens, and keeps the thread securely in place once it dries.

  • All done!

    wingbone turkey call on display

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    Final Thoughts On Making Your Own Wingbone Turkey Call

    We hope this tutorial has been helpful in teaching you how to make your own wingbone turkey call. They not only make great keepsakes to remember special moments, but they are functional as well.

    Be sure to check out more great hunting and fishing tips videos on our YouTube channel!

    Good luck in the turkey woods!

    Video tutorial on how to make your own wingbone call.
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    Be A Fishing Knot Maestro! | How To Tie The Trilene Knot

    The Trilene knot, which is sometimes called the “Two-Turn Clinch Knot,” is a very strong fishing knot that every angler should know. Let’s show you how step-by-step!

    trilene knot finished

    Want to learn this strong fishing knot called the Trilene Knot? Well, let’s get started!

    Time needed: 1 minute

    How to tie the Trilene Knot

    1. Insert tag end of line through hook eye.

      Insert line through hook eye, leaving about 8 inches to work with.

      trilene knot insert line into hook eye

    2. Insert tag end through the hook eye a SECOND time.

      Insert the line through the eye of the hook a second time, making a loop.

      trilene knot Insert into hook eye second time

    3. Pull tag end to make loop smaller.

      Pull the tag end of the line until the loop shrinks down to the top of your thumb and hold the loop in that position.

      trilene knot pull line to thumb

    4. Wrap tag end line around main line.

      Wrap the tag end of the line around the main line 5-8 times.

      trilene knot wrap line around 5-8 times

    5. Insert tag end through both loops.

      After wrapping the tag end around the main line, take the tag end and insert it through both loops that you have been holding with your other hand.

      trilene knot insert tag end through both loops

    6. Lubricate and cinch down.

      Lubricate the knot area with water or saliva and while holding the tag end, pull the main line to cinch down the knot.

      trilene knot pull line to cinch knot

    7. Trim tag end.

      Trim the tag end of the line to desired length… and you’re done! You’ve just tied the Trilene knot! We hope you put a hook N1!

      trilene knot trim tag end

    May all your Trilene knots yield big fish!


    You can check out the Trilene Knot Instructional video here!

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