The Kee Kee Run This is the call of young turkeys when they are trying to relocate or connect with their flock mates or mother hen. Its a good call for you to use in the fall because its loud and long, letting turkeys lock onto your location and find you. The first part of the call is three high whistling notes that sound like kee kee kee, then a string of yelps is added on after that High pitched glass or metal pot calls excel at this call. To make the kee kee run call hold the peg with a tighter grip than normal in your fingers. This makes the higher pitch. Scrape the peg with light pressure in the outer third of the pot to make the high whistle. Scrape with light pressure to keep the peg from skipping which would cause it to purr. Experiment with pressure, the angle of the peg and the placement on the pot surface to get the a high, clear whistle sound After three high whistles slide the peg to where you normally yelp and make a short series of plain yelps.
Learn how to make the kee kee run call on a box call and mouth call too in the ebook “How to Hunt the Wild Turkey”
The hen above, captured on my trail camera, has at least six poults. There may be more off the camera. She has done an amazing job of keeping her young alive. First, she kept hers eggs hidden from skunks, raccoons and foxes until they hatched, then she kept all these poults out the jaws of coyotes , foxes, cats and birds of prey. From a dozen eggs in May she still has half a dozen of her brood alive in late summer. Many hens that I see only have 2 or 3 poults alive with them this late in the summer. These poults have a good chance of survival to maturity now because the have reached three quarters of their size. By winter they will be nearly as large as her. She has passed on incredible survival instincts to her brood.
If you hunt in the fall and call in a hen with a flock of poults give the boss hen a free pass and harvest one on the younger birds. The flock will need her leadership to survive the winter and the poult, nearly as big as the hen anyway, will make the best table fare.