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GREAT CALLERS WILL TELL YOU THEIR favorite place to go fool a duck is on ultra-competitive public land. It is here where you find out who the real world champ is. Some of the best of the best cut their teeth on state refuges and NWRs. Now maybe you can't compete with the great meat callers of your generation, but you can get damn close with these, singles, doubles and short-reeds ... if you put the time in. Wood, acrylics, poly blends, they're all here; now it's on you to be The Man at the marsh.

LYNCH MOB

DOD

George Lynch is a meat caller and the DOD double-reed was built to kill ducks. If you prefer singles, LMC can swap one in. A stick-free sound board insures this acrylic is always ready.

LIL' MOBSTER

Shorter short-reeds typically take big air to blow right, but the Mobster's not bad. The machined acrylic barrel and semi-broke-in guts let you cluck with speed, comeback call with volume and moan like a boss honker.

$130 (DOD) | $120 (Lil' Mobster)

LYNCHMOBCALLS.COM

ZINK

GREEN TOP ROCKER

A single with an open-bore allows you to crank it up and reel in migrators. Get low and work ducks close with seductive quacks and feeding chuckles too.

LONG NECK ROCKER

Modest effort is all it takes to get clucks, moans, honks and all the other Canada goose sounds out of this short-reed. Built to perform fast, loud and crisp on the stage and buttery-smooth in the pit.

$140 (Top Rocker) | $160 (Long Neck Rocker)

ZINKCALLS.COM

HAYDEL

H2TDR

This call is offered in flat black because it was designed to "flat out kill ducks." And the traditional double-reed does just that with an acrylic barrel, which gives it some extra snap ducks will zero in on.

HAYDEL H2SC

Master this acrylic with a tone board featuring a narrow back-bored air channel, and get the specklebellies. Easy to blow, and lots of volume to reach those high-flying white-fronts.

$130 (H2 TDR) | $150 (H2SC)

HAYDELS.COM

SURE-SHOT

YENTZEN

This all-wood double is built to the specs created by George Yentzen and Cowboy Fernandez, but tuned on modern machinery. A bit different than blowing today's acrylics, it's a nasty duck call once you get down on it.

1150 SPECKLEBELLY

Here's a no-frills call that produces a wide range of speck songs: yodels, buzzes and murmurs. The poly body makes it durable enough to survive years banging around the pit.

$60 (Yentzen) | $26 (1150 Specklebelly)

SURESHOTGAMECALLS.COM

DUCK COMMANDER

JASE PRO SERIES

Maybe the easiest duck call to just pick up and blow that we've seen. The reed system has the harmony of a single, but functions like a double. Easy to blow for beginners, but will stand up to the demands of old pros.

SPECKLEBELLY

The boys in Louisiana know a thing or two about bar-bellies and this short, but powerful call yodels with ease. Learn the clucks and purrs to finish white-fronts tight.

$40-$65 (Jase Pro Series)

$40 (Specklebelly)

DUCKCOMMANDER.COM

BUCK GARDNER

C3

A soft exterior coating that is easy on your lips and offers excellent traction in your hands is the hallmark of this double. New tone board and barrel produce a wide range of mallard sounds, volume and tone.

HAMMER

The Hammer's quick-tune wedge and trough are simple to take apart and reassemble so you can keep on the Canadas. Manipulate the guts with minimal air to produce every note in the honker vocabulary.

$35 (C3) | $35 (Hammer)

BUCKGARDNER.COM

SEAN MANN

MA BARKER

Ducks can bark and this call produces those short, snappy quacks and clucks. It doesn't require as much air as others to make those unique sounds to fool wary birds into the rig.

SUPER SHORTY

Do it all--loud or soft--with the SS. The wood version has a mellow, rich honker tone, but it also comes in ABS, which tends to be crisper. A bonus is it still sounds damn good working it with one hand while you flag.

$30-$40 (Ma Barker)

$50-$170 (Super Shorty)

SEANMANN.COM

FIELD PROVEN

SHOT CALLER

Rasp is the name of the game with this call. The acrylic single delivers some of the sharpest chatter and clucks you'll ever hear, and made top-five in the world live duck calling championships.

RAPTOR MAX

A modified straight bore mouthpiece and Mark 3 worn-in guts make this call quick to respond in producing deep, ultra-realistic honker sounds. You'll have max control of advanced notes that win contests and put geese on the ground.

$130 (Shot Caller) | $160 (Raptor Max)

FIELDPROVENCALLS.COM

WING NUTZ

ACE

Here's a tiny single with a short barrel, which makes it raspy. Get fast with your comebacks and mallard feed chatter. Plenty of volume to hail to the heavens. Choose between the mellow tones of wood or snap of an acrylic.

BAR-BELLY

Fool specks and Rossies with this versatile call. Blast it full of air to reach distant birds, or tone it down when the flock is close without sacrificing realism. Available in wood and acrylic.

$80-$130 (Ace) | $100-$130 (Bar-Belly)

SEANMANN.COM

PRIMOS

MEAN MALLARD

A double reed, the short wood barrel, threaded acrylic insert and machined aluminum collar make it sing hen mallard. Plenty of rasp, the ditches and ridges on the sound board keep it from sticking.

SHOCK CALLER

A custom-turned wood barrel short-reed with an aluminum collar and poly insert that's easy to blow, the Shock Caller is capable of speaking the entire honker vocabulary. Ditches in the sound board and special pins keep this call from building moisture and sticking.

$43 (Mean Mallard) | $43 (Shock Caller)

PRIMOS.COM

FLEXTONE

GREEN THUNDER

Hit greeters, comebacks, raspy quacks and feeding chatter with this double. Comes in burnt orange for those who like some flash and Mossy Oak Blades.

SUPERNATURAL

With all the emphasis on volume, here's one that excels at the low end. Get quiet and nasty with this soft-touch poly call as you double cluck and feed murmur a honker flock right into the hole. Works well with one or two hands.

$20-$25 (Green Thunder) | $30 (Supernatural)

FLEXTONEGAMECALLS.COM

DJ

NEW STYLE

Hand-tuned, the paper-thin reed allows the call to sing with minimal air. Beginners and veterans can blow hail calls, and back off to chatter like a crafty old hen.

SR-71

Novices on up to the most seasoned goose chucklers can use this call on the stage or in the field. Each acrylic short-reed is hand-turned. Customize your call with a decorative band when you order.

$125 (New Style) | $150 (SR-71)

DJCALLS.COM

BIG LAKE

TEALWALL

Perfect for blue- and green-winged teal peeps and squeaks, the TW will grunt like a gaddie too. It takes minimal air to make this little call sing.

CAMO GOOSE CALL

An acrylic priced like a poly, it's dipped in camo and easy to blow. The guts respond quick to produce raspy clucks or smooth moans.

$35 (Tealwall) | $40 (Camo Goose Call)

BIGLAKEDUCKCALLS.COM

GOEY

SWAMP SISTER

There's nothing raspier than an old boss hen, and this call sounds just like her. A uniquely shaped tone board and reed creates the rasp mallards zero in on.

SIDEKICK

Half wood and half acrylic makes this, call crisp and snappy, and capable of screaming into the stratosphere or murmuring when there are feet in your face. The guts respond quick for belting out those fast double clucks.

$30 (Swamp Sister) | $129 (Sidekick)

GOEYCALLS.COM

FOXPRO

SUPER SNOW-CROW PRO

Two 12-volt batteries power this e-caller that comes with two 30-watt speakers, but has external jacks for four. The remote turns the caller on/off, controls volume and can toggle between up to 1,000 MP3, FXP, 24B and/or WAV recordings.

$800 | GOFOXPRO.COM

JUVIE JUKE BOX

Chasing snows costs big money to do it right, but you can save a little with the Juvie Jukebox, which produces clear, crisp undistorted sounds. The JJ is available in multi-speaker/horn models with 400-watt amp, USB charge port and a 400-foot remote range.

$230-$300 | JUVIEJUKEBOX.COM

KNUTSON'S SPORTING GOODS

This is the place to buy your favorite waterfowl calls. They've got all the latest products from a long list of favorite manufacturers, and can advise beginners and stage callers alike.

KNUTSONDECOYS.COM

ELITE

MURDER

Designed by three-time world champ Brad Allen, this duck call is the most aggressive and versatile in Elite's lineup. Incredible volume, but plenty of back pressure softens this call for up close encounters.

$140

ELITECALLES.MYSHOPIFY.COM

Caption: DOD

Caption: Lil' Mobster

Caption: Green Top Rocker

Caption: Long Neck Rocker

Caption: H2 TDR

Caption: Haydel H2SC

Caption: Yentzen

Caption: 1150 Specklebelly

Caption: Jase Pro Series

Caption: Specklebelly

Caption: C3

Caption: Hammer

Caption: Ma Barker

Caption: Super Shorty

Caption: Shot Caller

Caption: Raptor Max

Caption: Ace

Caption: Bar-Belly

Caption: Mean Mallard

Caption: Shock Caller

Caption: Green Thunder

Caption: Supernatural

Caption: New Style

Caption: SR-71

Caption: Tealwall

Caption: Camo Goose Call

Caption: Swamp Sister

Caption: Sidekick
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