A duck call is a hunter’s best friend. Hunting won’t be the same without it, neither would it be easier. Duck calls come in different shapes and sizes, and sometimes, a specific duck call is required for a specific purpose.
Different kinds are available in the market. Choosing the best duck call can be easy for some and a little challenging to others. When choosing the right duck call, what one must always take note of his skill level, style, and the situation that asks for the right choice. When considering the situation, a hunter must use the right duck call at the perfect time. If he cannot do that, then he’d better off not using a duck call at all.
There are types of duck calls that a hunter must consider when it comes to the situation. When selecting a duck to hunt, it is very crucial to choose the duck call that will produce the desired sound with ease.
Because hunters face many different situations during hunting, it is usually necessary to own many types of duck calls but if a hunter can only afford one at a time, it is best to start using duck calls that produce low to mid-range sound because it is better to call in a softer tone than in a louder one.
Timber calls are great to use in tight areas, calm days, ducks over icy terrains, and whenever the hunter needs a realistic and natural sound as possible. Soft and natural sounds can be produced with ease on this duck call.
Open water duck calls are excellent when hunting in wide-open fields, windy atmosphere, and places where there are migrating and aggressive ducks. This type of duck call can also be effective when there is a lot of competition in the area. An open water duck call has a distinct large hole compared to a timber duck call which allows for more air flow, and more sound produced. With this feature, an open water duck call will not be able to produce softer natural sounds without adequate practice of the person using it.
Cut down duck calls are getting popular lately. This type of duck call has a unique sound and is usually very loud. In 1904, P.S. Olt began his game call business with a single insert that held a straight reed positioned over a curved tone board that is used for carrying the sound. This technology is the basis of many duck calls today. However, hunters started to change the circular board to be able to adjust the pitch and volume of the sound produced. The ending product after doing the modification became known as the “Cut-down” call.
There are many other types of duck calls in the market depending on the area and the local duck call makers. A vast of popular stores in the area may let a customer try their duck calls before he can buy it. Furthermore, many local duck call makers may even help the customer with tuning and may even give calling advice if the customer buys from them.
For starters, the most recommended duck call is a polycarbonate one. This type doesn’t require a lot of skill to produce a natural sound.
Wooden duck calls produce a more mellow tone; the only problem with this type is the quality of the sound. The sound produced changes when the duck call gets wet. When purchasing a wooden call, the buyer should make sure the call has a brass or steel band to keep the call’s barrel from breaking. The quality of sound of wooden calls depends also on the wood used. A softer wood usually will produce a softer sound.