Hunters who pursue web-footed game are always searching for the very best duck call, asking other duck hunters for recommendations and suggestions. The best duck call, of course, is one that attracts ducks. There are many companies that manufacture duck calls and many individual makers who hand-carve calls and reeds to create calls that mimic the various species of ducks that hunters pursue. Choosing calls is a matter of personal taste and individual needs and there are many strong opinions around on how duck calls should be made and also how they should sound.
The Best Duck Call For You May Come From A Kit
There are duck call kits from several well-known call makers that are available for beginners to the sport. These kits include a variety of items that may include one or two basic calls, an instruction manual, a calling CD with sample call sounds to mimic, a lanyard and even an instructional DVD. Haydels Game Calls created the bestselling Ultimate Duck Call Kit. It includes a mallard call, a whistle call, a waterfowl identification booklet, a two-call lanyard and an instructional DVD.
Some Of The Best Duck Call Kits Include Teaching CDs Or DVDs
Duck call kits are also helpful for experienced duck hunters, as practice with calls is always a good thing and learning new calls is an advantage for hunters. Buck Gardner, a national duck calling expert, has made several of these kits: The Double Nasty Duck Call Combo Kit, The Double Nasty Duck II Call Kit, The MM-PT Finisher Combo Duck Call Kit and his Duck or Goose Calling Combo Kit. Each has at least one quality duck call and a teaching CD/DVD included.
You Might Have A Well-Used Call That Just Needs A Tune-Up
Some duck call kits are maintenance kits, designed to refurbish the duck calls you already own. RNT, another leading duck call maker, sells their Duck Call Tuning Kit which includes customized reed trimming scissors, a razor knife, a screwdriver and a large assortment of reeds. Brookside Game Calls makes Laminates Wood Duck Kits that include an unfinished barrel and a reed insert so you can make your own call. Echo Championship Calls offers kits with replacement reeds and corks.
Try Your Call Out At A Local Park Pond Or City Lake
Once a beginner has studied the manual and practiced with the kit's CD and DVD, or the experienced hunter has tried out a new call the same way, there is another great way to practice and get performance feedback at the same time. Find a local pond or lake with a flock of at least two or three ducks. Keep them interested in staying in the vicinity by putting out bread crumbs or bird seed for them. Practice making your best duck call there. Practicing calls outside is better than calling indoors. You get an artificial bounce-back of sound off interior walls. This does not give you the correct call sound. Mastering a duck call is not enough by itself; you must also know how to alter the cadence and inflection of voice used by real ducks. Practice with the flock at your local lake and see how they react (or do not) to your call and this will help you become a much more effective duck caller.
Hand Made Calls Can Be Just As Good Or Better Than Mass Produced Calls
According to hunters participating in the www.duckhuntingchat.com website forum, the best duck call named by each individual hunter was just as likely to be produced by an individual duck call crafter as by a call making company. Some of the companies named repeatedly as producing quality duck calls are RNT Calls, Duck Commander, C and S Custom Calls, JJ Lares Professional Calls, Echo Calls, Knight and Hale, Haydels, Fowl Language Calls, RM Calls and Ducklander Calls. Some of the noted hand crafters are Buck Gardner, Betts, Watkins and Fred Zink.
What Are Some Well-Known, High Quality And Popular Calls?
Some of the duck calls repeatedly named as the best duck call are calls that these hunters have personally used like the Duck Commander Triple Threat, a polycarbonate triple reed call, and the Mach 3 Duck Call; Buck Gardner's Spitfire, Firecracker II, Pure Meat and Mag Nasty Duck Calls; Haydel's DR-85 Deceiver call (which is one of their cheap duck calls, often available in bulk for a discount), RL-99 Red Leg Duck Call and the W-81 Wood Duck Squealer call; as well as the Wingsetter EZ Flutter Duck Call. Echo Duck Calls has several very popular calls to choose from, including the Meat Hanger, the XLT Acrylic Timber Duck Call, the Championship Open Water Duck Calls and the EB-1 and EB-2 (single or double reed) Open Water Poly Duck Calls.
Sometimes Bulk Purchases Or Close-Outs Yield Great Duck Calls
Some companies offer bargain or cheap duck calls and/or discount prices for bulk purchases. Wing Supply Company offers discount prices on duck calls and great close out bargains, with shopping available online. Duck Commander's Duck Picker, Echo's Diamondwood and Haydel's Cajun Squeal are all cheap duck calls that give hunters good value for their money. Whatever duck calls you purchase for your bag of tricks, follow through and put in the time to practice so you can master each one. Practice the eight basic calls: the basic duck call, greeting, feed, hail, comeback call, pleading, lonely hen and whistling call until you can make the best duck call for each type as you master it.