Reelality TV episode 4-The Eastern Turkey-public land Kansas birds!

Chasing the elusive Eastern Turkey!

Drew Rouse and Clayton Griffith head to Eastern Kansas to chase birds on public and private land. We decided on a whim last year to skip hunting Rio’s in western Kansas and go east.This is the first morning hunting and the boys decided to try a spot a fellow hunter said calls and a decoy spread wouldn’t work in… The Eastern Turkey is notorious for its cunning. So when two Eastern Turkey jakes walked in it was way to tempting! Everyone said we would struggle since we had limited experience hunting this wary birds.

The eastern Turkey is a much different creature than its western counter parts. Both can get educated however the Eastern turkey will not cover as much ground as a rule of habit. While western Birds, Rios and Merriam’s and the various hybridizations, regularly cover lots of ground. We put our Turkey Reel calls to the test on these high pressure birds. It was a fun hunt!


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This means that Eastern Birds will take longer to come in. You need to setup closer to where they roost or know where they like to be during the mid day hours. I feel like scouting is key for both species. Knowing where they are is a given to hunting anything. But I also feel that out west you can stake out a cruising corridor and know that usually birds will be moving through at some point.

The more information about an Eastern Turkeys habits the more we feel you are in the running to kill him. Thats why when these Jake’s walked in on a first morning sit in a strange place at least one of them was in big trouble!

The Buck Reel: Why this Doe Bleat is a Game-Changer

Written By Pat Kolbe of Oshkosh Wisconsin

Like many people that receive a new product claiming to work, I was skeptical. I received my new prototype ‘Buck Reel’ from Reel Game Calls owner Drew Rouse last October while hunting together in the bluff country of southwestern Wisconsin. I wasn’t convinced this new Buck Reel could make a difference in my hunting success. See I had reason to be skeptical. At this point I had utilized a typical ‘can’ doe bleat call for the better part of the last decade. Over the course of hundreds of hunts, and endless empty encounters after flipping the can over again and again — I had little faith a different doe bleat would provide success. Until it did.


It didn’t take me long to fall in love with this new revolutionary deer call. Right away I found the call super easy to use. I was able to manipulate both the volume and tone of the Buck Reel simply by increasing or decreasing my air flow or by squeezing down lightly on the call with one hand. Unlike the troubling inconsistency with trying to keep a can call bleat short and concise, I was easily able to make short bleats emulating a true doe estrus bleat. Needless to say I quickly became excited to take this call out into the Wisconsin hardwoods.


Over the next two weeks I was amazed at the effectiveness of the Buck Reel. I was able to call at least a half dozen bucks into shooting range while blind calling (calling without having a buck in sight) during the first three-day weekend I worked the call. The morning of November 12th ensured that a Buck Reel will forever remain in my pocket every time I hit the whitetail woods. After an eventful morning had me watching bucks run and chase does in the woods across a field, I decided to switch treestands at 8:30am. After methodical step-by-step walk to my new treestand set-up I approached the base of the tree. Before I could start my ascent I was shocked to have a 10-point buck scramble up the bluff from a hollow below with his nose to the ground. Dejected as he sprinted wildly up to the ridge top, I pulled out my Buck Reel from my pocket and attempted three Estrus Bleats in hopes of bringing him back down to my location. What happened next was even better! Seconds later a small 4-point buck came crashing up the same hollow,
followed by a massive 12-point beast we had nicknamed ‘Splitter 2’ for his matching split G2s on both sides of his rack. After Splitter 2 bullied and chased off the small buck, he spun around and head straight back towards my tree. Not seeing the doe he was after he started back down the hollow, but presented me with a 35 yard quartering away
shot. I had just ‘reeled’ in the biggest buck I had ever laid eyes on in the wild. It was pure jubilation later that day when I recovered the animal less than sixty yards from where I had made the shot.


I’ve already mentioned this call is super easy to operate. Besides being able to manipulate tone and duration of the call – I believe their are two other overlooked factors that make this call stand above all other doe bleats. I cannot underestimate the importance of being able to control the volume of a doe bleat. A can call provides one finite volume. I can make a Buck Reel bleat loud if I need to grab the attention of a distant buck – however, even more important to me is I can feel extremely confident in finessing a soft, subtle bleat if that buck is in close proximity. This can mean the difference in a buck skirting me at 50-60 yards or closing the distance to within bow range.

The second game-changing factor this call has is its size. This call easily and comfortably fits in my pants pocket, or in the chest pocket of my jacket or vest. It is in my hands instantly if I need it, whether I am up in the tree or walking to my stand. The problem with many can calls is the awkward size – never comfortable in a pocket – and doing you
no good stuffed in your backpack when you want that call now.  The Buck Reel is always in my pocket – ready to call in another buck this season – and it should be in your pocket
this season too. Get the call that can make a difference in your hunting season!

New educational section! Learn about Elk Calling!

First of all our new section is under construction. We have some of the first articles up! The first few articles were written by Reel game call inventor Drew Rouse. We started our lessons with Elk Calling. However we love Deer and Turkey hunting too. In addition future articles will cover all aspects of calling game.

Class is in session!

We will be giving you the insight and knowledge that went into making our Elk Calls. Here at Reel Game calls we take hunting as serious as humanly possible. We live and breathe in Elk country.

2016 Colorado Bull Elk
Public Land OTC Colorado 6×6


This new section will start with information about Elk Calling. How to use calls to shoot more Elk! What makes Elk calling work? Furthermore why do we think that the Elk calls of the past. Elk calls that were available previously available fall far short of Reel technology.

As a result of using advanced technology. We added synthetic materials, 3D computer modeling, CNC machining and 3D printing our to achieve our design. Their is no doubt it is light years ahead.

First hand knowledge

Years literally in the making this page will focus on what we have learned purely on first hand experience. While the boys from Reel didn’t grow up in Elk Country. Rather they weren’t blessed with knowledge passed down over the generations. Consequently this benefited our development as Elk hunters.

We got to start with a fresh canvas and no real assumptions or myths were bought into. In addition everything we write is based on learning by making mistakes.  We have learned everything we know the hard way. Our Elk calling techniques our fact based in a real world Elk laboratory.

We have hunted all 30 days of Archery in Colorado many times.  As much as our legs would stand! For the past decade plus… We will convey through this knowledge things that will make you a more effective Elk hunter. We want you to rev the fun meter to the max this fall!

The link below is on how to make calf elk sounds. Calf elk sounds are one of the most effective tools in an Elk hunters arsenal. Hence a hunter should integrate calf sounds in their Elk calling. Because It will add untold amounts of realism to their setups.

Our calls make the most realistic calf elk sounds. They make calling elk easy and repeatable. Its so simple to use our calls. The size transforming reed is activated by the hinging action of the call. It does all of the hard work. Hence you are transformed into a composer playing a symphony of Elk talk! Take your Elk calling to another level.



Happy customer email from 4/5/17 “Ernie we met in Madison”

A buddy of mine asked if I wanted to go to the show in Madison last week. I looked up the exhibitor list specifically looking for elk calls and western hunting, Was shocked to not see anyone…other than you. Never heard of you before. A quick google search directed me to some youtube videos. The only reason I went to the show was to find you guys and get a call for my dad who still finds other calls difficult to use. I ended up buying one for myself and one for my buddy. Now I have to get a few more because I tend to lose at least one call a year, and to get one for my dad because I kinda stole the one I bought for him originally. Oh and now my friends dad is getting a few because he likes it too. Been going out West from the Chicago area 8 years now and someone finally made a good sounding elk call that is easy to use. Can’t understate how good it really sounds, I’m a stickler for it. Congrats on the ingenuity. You deserve all the success that comes your way. I’m sure I’ll sell a few more for ya. Kinda sells itself. Was good seeing you at the show. Now just gotta wait for the New Mexico draw to see if I can use it.

Vail Daily article about Reel Game Calls

Vail Valley locals changing the game call game

The Vail Daily, which is the local daily news periodical in the Vail valley, wrote this article about our hunting call company in last saturdays paper. Check it out for yourself and see what the buzz about our products is about! We have been making some waves in the hunting community lately and we are excited to be building on our initial product debut of the Elk Reel, the most innovative Elk Call ever produced. We are branching out w the latest release of the Turkey Reel, which is a two reed V-cut version of the original design and the Buck Reel a wider version with a slower vibrating reed that accurately imitates all species of north american deer doe and fawn vocalizations. Our hunting call business is going to be releasing some more embodiments of our patented design in the near future. Both Elk and Turkey calls! Stay tuned…





Reel Game Call’s User Comments: Gary Mackenzie 10/07/2016

I have been bow hunting elk for twelve years and guiding for elk the past four. I have made a lot of mistakes in the field over those years and have heard a lot of different noises made by elk. Last season I was introduced to Reel Game Calls and it has truly changed my ability to become one with the elk, especially in large heard scenarios. I have never been able to use an open reed reliably, and when I put my mouth to my first Elk Reel the difference in simplicity and realism was unparalleled!! I have reeled in more elk with these calls in two seasons than I could have ever dreamed! This season I successfully seduced a 6×6 on public land to less than twenty yards for a perfect broadside shot with my bow! I had never believed in calling them in until I made it happen multiple times with my Elk Reel! This product is no joke!

Reel Game Call’s User Comments: Blaine 10/22/2016

Half way through the season and I’ve called in four bulls and a handful of cows/calves with this call. Several of them came running like I was reeling them in on a fishing pole. The call works when wet. And I can teach my girlfriend how to use it in a matter of seconds. It makes any sound I want, including the assembly mews that have been crucial to my elk hunting success. And it makes great calf sounds. It was immediately obvious that elk respond to this call differently than any diaphragm or reed call I’ve owned in the past. It’s like they don’t question whether its real, they just assume I’m an elk. My friends are hooked too. This call helped three bowhunters fill their tags. I will never go elk hunting with it. Best cow call ever.

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