Duck and Goose Calls


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ruger_martin_mastermag
January 23, 2009, 01:54 PM
I was wondering what a good duck or goose calls is. I hunt in open water alot. It seems like my duck call cant reach out to the other ducks. I have the same problem with my goose call. If anyone knows what a good and loud call is please post.:)

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MCgunner
February 22, 2009, 10:29 PM
Duck commander, just the single reed classic model. It's pretty awesome. About any brand snow goose call calls geese fine down here. I have a "Sure Shot" snow goose call. We don't have many Canadas and a snow goose call will call speckle bellies.

chas08
February 23, 2009, 01:28 AM
I was wondering what a good duck or goose calls is.

That answer can be as varied as the conditions you hunt. I lean toward my old pair of "P.S. OLT"calls. a D-2 for long range hail calls and comeback calls and a #66 for closer range and feeder chuckles. For a whistle call I like the "Rascal" it does a nice job on Teal, Widgeon, Pintail and Wood Ducks. For Geese I like the Primos shaved reed calls, one for Snows and one for Specks I can use the Snow goose call for the ocassional Canada. I mostly pass shoot geese so I don't use a call all that much unless it's foggy. I rarely carry more than three calls on a lanyard, tailored to what I'm after that day. Any more than that I seem to always be grabbing the one I don't want. Birds can, and do, become "Call Shy" this is a direct result of hunting pressure and in 43 years of hunting them I've not figured out how to overcome it. The best place to hunt is where they are coming to, with or without your influence. Sometimes the best call is no call at all. Not all calls are created equal. Some are hard to blow, some are easier. Find a few you like and practice, practice, practice. :)

MCgunner
February 23, 2009, 10:15 AM
That's the neat thing about the Duck Commander. It's low effort to blow, makes nice soft and throaty chuckles and quacks and is loud and raspy in a hail or come back call, all in one call. I only ever have two calls on me and I pick up the wrong call half the time, LOL! I got this new Drake waterproof pull over with zip open vents that has a call separator on it which helps a LOT! If I'm duck hunting I stick the goose call in that loop and if I'm goose hunting, I stick the duck call in that loop. It's a neat parka, can wear it over my field jacket or alone in warmer weather. My sweety got it for me for Christmas this year.

One thing, get a lone speck and he'll often come like a magnet, lookin' for friends. I've called 'em down without even any deeks if they're real lonely, when I'm out duck hunting, close enough to pop 'em with 3 steel in 2 3/4" fasteel loads. Late season snows are a challenge unless you're just in the right feeding area and it's where they wanna be.

They get mighty wise late season and can just hang up there at 50 yards or a little more sticking their tongues out at you. Takes a good load to bring 'em down from that range, bB steel in 3" 12 is anemic. Hevi shot or steel Ts from a 3.5" will hammer 'em and I get the last laugh. :D

Late season ducks can be real frustrating, too. Early season they call a lot easier. If you're on the right spot, though, you won't even need the call. I've found few of those "right spots", but I know about a few, little hard to get to, long boat ride, but I know where they are, duck hunter's heaven. :D This one hole, hell, you don't need anything, decoys, anything. It's friggin' amazing. A couple of feeding chuckles and they zero in on you. I don't think Mexico or Argentina could be any better for ducks and this hole is only about 100 miles from me, 20 of that on the water, though.

JWF III
February 23, 2009, 11:19 AM
It seems like my duck call cant reach out to the other ducks.

If you want something loud, but can still get quiet, find a Rich-N-Tone MVP to try. Try it before you buy it, when you see the price you'll know why.

For sound and volume, it's hard to beat a good acrylic call, of any brand.

Wyman

chas08
February 23, 2009, 02:59 PM
Here's a couple of photos ( I'm in the first) from a mid season hunt when the calling and decoying went right for me and my hunting partner. A nice mixed bag of ten birds (two teal are tied together) all called to their demise with 30+ year old technology. We had several good hunts this year that ended up with full limits. The cover where I mosly hunt is pretty tight, so softer tones usually work the best. Especially on cloudy days.

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