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Author Topic: Kee kee on scratch box?  (Read 297 times)

Offline PNWturkey

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Kee kee on scratch box?
« on: June 06, 2021, 01:36:35 AM »
I have watched many youtube scratch box tutorials but have not seen anyone demonstrate the kee kee...

Any tips/tricks for kee kee on a scratch box?  Thanks!

Offline callmakerman

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Re: Kee kee on scratch box?
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2021, 07:02:54 AM »
I have watched many youtube scratch box tutorials but have not seen anyone demonstrate the kee kee...

Any tips/tricks for kee kee on a scratch box?  Thanks!
  Practice, practice, practice. That being said not all scratch boxes have the ability to kee kee. I have one that I made a few years back that does a great job running kee kee calls amongst other things and have used it many times on fall hunts. I also made two shorter calls for this years spring hunt and they will kee as well. Sound boards make the difference. The three calls mentioned have persimmon, holly or maple sound boards. Not saying these are the only woods that will work but the harder mid range woods seem to lend themselves to doing kee kee calls than say cedar. Just my opinion and what have have experience with in the woods but yes you can kee kee on a scratch box.

Offline richard black

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Re: Kee kee on scratch box?
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2021, 07:17:51 AM »
As callmakerman said, practice practice practice. I just purchased a Tim Sandford scratch box that I can kee kee on. But not all boxes are able to achieve the kee kee. Keep searching til you find one that does.

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Re: Kee kee on scratch box?
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2021, 09:49:15 AM »
The soundboard does seem to make the difference. My all persimmon scratch box  will make a nice kee-kee. It is the only scratcher of mine that will.

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Re: Kee kee on scratch box?
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2021, 10:18:23 AM »
I forgot to say. I like a hardwood striker when doing kee kee's. I use a gabon ebony striker with my scratchers. I can do it with slate but the ebony works better.

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Re: Kee kee on scratch box?
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2021, 02:15:45 PM »
I have a Russel Beard cedar box and cedar striker that has a good kee kee in it

I hold both box and striker tighter with more finger pressure.

also get the highest pitch in this call by hitting the sound board near the outside edge in the upper 1/3rd section of the striker.

 

Offline PNWturkey

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Re: Kee kee on scratch box?
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2021, 06:48:12 PM »
Thanks everyone for the tips, I'll be practicing my kee kee this summer in anticipation for autumn...

Offline KentuckyHeadhunter

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Re: Kee kee on scratch box?
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2021, 05:34:27 PM »
Bottom line is this....scratchboxes are the father of modern day box calls.  If a box call is an automatic transmission then a scratchbox is an old 5-speed manual with a finicky clutch.  Boxes are far more versatile in varying turkey language like gobbling, keeing, and heavy rollover yelps.  Where a scratchbox excels is in its compact size number one.  Number 2 is a good scratchbox makes the 3 most important sounds needed to fool a gobbler.....the yelp, the cluck, and the cut (fast or slow cutting also putting).  You can kee kee on a scratchbox and you can purr on one too. But I don't think the kee or the purr on a scratcher sound realistic at all.  Except for that fast aggravated purr you make when you shot one bird and you're trying to get another gobbler to come back.  Best purr is on a slate in my opinion and best kee kee is on a trumpet or longbox.  I don't refer to mouthcalls because I don't use them. 
This is just my personal experience and opinion as someone who has played and made a scratcher or two.  And I've had great success with them.  If I could only take ONE call in the woods it would be a scratchbox or a trumpet/wingbone.  And kee kees really only help in hunting fall turkeys. 
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Re: Kee kee on scratch box?
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2021, 07:21:20 PM »
Bob Fulcher at Shadetree makes a scratch box that will produce a great kee-kee, a mean purr, and give you a couple different yelps from young hen to a gobbler yelp. Hands down best scratch box I've ever run.

His scratchers are super easy on the eyes too! Like Kentucky, give me one call make it a trumpet or one of Bob's scratch boxes.

https://shadetreecallers.webs.com/apps/webstore/products/show/2264267
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