Learn How to Build a Corn Cob Striker for Turkey Hunting
Look back at photos of the early pioneers of turkey hunting. In a great many of them, the hunters are running a slate call with a corn cob striker. Over the years, these strikers gradually gave way to solid hardwood or plastic and wood models. These newer strikers held up to the weather better and were often louder than the old-school corn cobs.
But louder isn’t always better. Those sweet and mellow tones that came from the corn cob strikers still work on today’s calls. In fact, its slightly different tone can often be more effective.
Just like those old-school hunters, you can build your own corn cob strikers. Find the cobs at your local feed mill, on a nearby farm, or in a bag of squirrel feed at your local hardware store. Simply flake off the dried corn kernels and feed them to the birds, squirrels or deer in your backyard.
The wooden part of the striker can be as simple as a 1/4- or 5/16-inch wooden dowel from a hardware store, or get creative and order several exotic hardwood dowels from Brookside Game Calls. They are inexpensive, ranging from 30 to 70 cents each, so order several and assemble strikers with different woods, then experiment with them on various pot calls until we get a good match.