I like the H.S. RASPY HEN diaphram call. No movement required when bow hunting and it is very easy to regulate how loud you can call. I also think you can get a much more realistic cut out of a diaphram call. Clucks, purrs, etc.
I picked up the glass witch slate call last year and I love it, I had to go through a few slate calls to find the one I liked best, and on a "dry" day this is the call I go to, it doesnt work well at all if it's misty or raining out, but for a slate call it sounds great and takes little practice to replicate the calls
I have a primos slate call which i love. It came with two strikers, a solid one and the second is a split back. I perfer the solid striker because i can control the volume easier and i rarely get a missed or un-natural call. I'm in the business right now of getting the diaphram call mastered... FAR, and i mean FAR from it, but ask me the same question next year and i may perfer the diaphram...
I have a pair of Cody II's, glass and slate, that are my primary use calls.
But my favorite calls I no longer use. I have a pair of 40+ year old Lynch boxes that were handed down to me 30 years ago. I used them for several years but have taken them out of service and they now reside atop my mantle.
My favorite is a Primos box (paddle) call. It's called the Lil' Heartbreaker. It has a really rich, true sound. I used to use a mouth call but it wore out and I can't find one that duplicates that sound for me and I can't remember what brand it was
I've got the slate calls as well but the paddle is my favorite.
Primos diamond yelper, cutter and double diamond, 3 other primos can't remember what they are called because I threw away the paper that came with them, 1 H.S. Strut Gold premium flex and One Quaker Boy.
Well the Quaker Boy was my favorite but didn't survive the dryer when I washed my camos.
They will all sound like a yelping dog hit by a car if you try hard enough. It really gets people looking around. I pratice in my car alot and have fun with them.
I like the double diamond it's raspy.
Once I do get a bird I will try to make a wingbone, I have heard from many accross the Country including spctr17 in this thread that they are the ticket.
Hopefully I'll learn something at the warm up on the 24th.