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Duck & goose calls.

NO MATTER WHERE YOU HUNT, calls are the common denominator among duck men--everyone has a lanyard full. After all, how are you going to coax mallards and honkers into the hole without a dozen tuned short-, single- and double-reeds hanging from your neck? "Whatcha blowing?" is a great opening-day icebreaker regardless of whether you sound like Fred Zink or a kazoo duct-taped to a dirt-bike's exhaust. Whether you're ready for a new call or your very first, there's more than enough here to wet any 'fowler's whistle.

DUCK CALLS

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FIELD PROVEN SINGLE SHOT

A versatile single-reed, the SS rattles cuts and feeders like a hen mallard holding a Tommy gun, but has the control and ease of a double. Made from polycarbonate, each is hand-tuned and comes with a lifetime warranty.

$30 | fieldprovencalls.com

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LYNCH MOB STRANGLEHOLD

With a longer barrel, the cast acrylic has enough tonal range to make multi-duck chatter, and it'll get low and subtle thanks to a tighter mouthpiece. Plus, spit grooves keep it from sticking.

$52 | lynchmobcalls.com

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BANDED TIMBER

Lull greenheads into a false sense of security with this Arkansas-style call. Available in single- or double-reed, the polycarbonate insert and handsome DymondWood barrel offer a tone green timber mallards can't resist.

$50 | banded.com

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SURE-SHOT CLASSIC TRIPLE

Cowboy Fernandez created the original Yentzen back in the '50s, but few know he also developed the first triple-reed. Cut from black walnut, the proven SureQuack system offers natural sounds with the slightest bit of air.

$65 | sureshotgamecalls.com

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ELITE MURDER

Cutdown calls are revered for their bark and pop, but notorious for taking loads of air to operate. The Murder gives you the same power without leaving you breathless. Hand-tuned by three-time world champ Brad Allen.

$140 | elitecalls.net

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C&S JUSTIFIER

Mike Stelzner's Justifier is one sweet operator. It calls to every species in the refuge and has won five national titles, so it sounds authentic and runs easy.

$50-$140 cscustomcalls.com

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BIG LAKE D2T2

The acrylic Pro-Grade double uses a metal reed on top of a Mylar plastic reed to create an insanely loud and raspy quack. Guaranteed not to lock up, it also produces a nasty buzz that's bad medicine for bluebills.

$110 | biglakeduckcalls.com

DJ CALLS PGD-17

If you're targeting greys, the PGD-17 Gadwall's soft blat-blat-blat is sweet music to spooky ducks. And the walnut barrel and hard maple bell fit the old-school look that will turn heads in the blind, too.

$37 | djcalls.com

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FLEXTONE SUPERNATURAL

With a big porthole for nimbleness during dose-quarter action, this single-reed has plenty of oomph. A double-reed model is also available for hunters who don't like to push as much air through the call.

$30 flextonegamecalls.com

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ZINK ATM GREEN MACHINE

The polycarb ATM is every bit the easy-blowing double-reed as the acrylic version, but at a bargain price. Beginners or experienced callers will appreciate the Z-Cut non-stick tone channel, a revolutionary design that all but eliminates reed-lock.

$40 | zinkcalls.com

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HAYDEL'S FULL HOUSE

If there's a time for subtlety in the blind, this isn't it. The J-frame acrylic H2FH features an open bore and aggressively cut tone board so you can really lean on it.

$140 | haydels.com

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HAYES HANGOVER

An acrylic double-reed, the Hangover allows you to hit feeder chuckles without losing range or power for high-balling ducks from the stratosphere.

$80 | hayescalls.com

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SURE-SHOT YENTZEN ONE

Makers of the first double, Sure-Shot is pushing the boundaries again with the One. A patent-pending screw-lock eliminates air leaks, and a body made from the same material found on nuclear subs makes the One unmatched in sound and durability.

$155 sureshotgamecalls.com

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RNT ORIGINAL

For RNT's 40th anniversary, the company rebuilt its Original in a vintage shape pioneered by Butch Richenback. The bore and toneboard remain the same with plenty of backbone for those hails and raspy greeters.

$135 | rntcalls.com

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SEAN MANN MA BARKER

Bark-style calls have a small dedicated following, mostly because they're tough to blow. The Ma Barker dishes out the same power and volume of a traditional bark call, but with much less lung capacity.

$30-$40 | seanmann.com

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ZINK MALLARD WHISTLE

Call-shy birds can eat up the dreeet of a duck whistle, particularly when every caller in the county is hitting them with high-balls and comebacks. Zink's whistle has a look all its own, and the tones are pitch-perfect for an assortment of puddlers.

$13 | zinkcalls.com

GOOSE CALLS

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FIELD PROVEN WORKHORSE HYBRID

Made with the same worn guts used to win two world championships, the Workhorse produces rich, deep low end for mean murmurs but can get responsive for quick hiccups and double clucks.

$50 | fieldprovencalls.com

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ZINK HUNTER PC-1

Molded from the popular Power Clucker, the PC-1 has been redesigned with an Easy Blow tone channel so any hunter can make honks, clucks and murmurs without popping a blood vessel.

$60 | zinkcalls.com

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C&S DISCIPLE

The mid-range Disciple will make you a C&S follower. The short-reed combines speed and sharpness with richness and depth, singing to flocks of cacklers or wary resident blackfoots.

$50-$140 | cscustomcalls.com

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BANDED BIG GOOSE

Sometimes big honkers want big sounds, so a larger-frame call is a good way to go. Produce the kind of honks greaters crave with this simple short-reed.

$50 | banded.com

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LYNCH MOB LITTLE MOBSTER

This pipsqueak machined acrylic has a long barrel and short end piece to achieve a full range of honker sounds. Partner it with a new set of broke-in Guts and Glory to make the geese an offer they can't refuse.

$TBD | lynchmobcalls.com

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BIG LAKE ACRYLIC

With guts that blow easy, this acrylic is a go-to for true-tone honker talk. Each reed is shaved one at a time for a custom sound that will be appreciated from the first high-crack of a comeback to the last finishing moan.

$40 | biglakeduckcalls.com

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DJ CALLS SG-18

With a reed base and wedge styled off the same speck call Olt originally perfected, the SG-18 will mesmerize any bar-belly. Made of cycolac for resonance and durability, it has tremendous top end.

$37 | djcalls.com

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SURE-SHOT 910 SNOW-BLUE

Add a little more depth to the e-caller this spring with the 910, a long-reed which duplicates the high-pitched sounds of snows. It's housed in a poly body for clear notes and durability.

$26 sureshotgamecalls.com

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FIELD PROVEN ADRENALINE

Ask champion caller Field Hudnall about his Adrenaline and he'll say it's a masterpiece. A versatile honker call that fits all skill levels, the acrylic short-reed is one of the loudest out there. But it can go low too, rolling out velvet-smooth murmurs.

$150 fieldprovencalls.com

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FLEXTONE SUPERNATURAL

The Soft Touch body makes this clucking machine easy to grip in inclement conditions. It can get low, too, and comes in Realtree AP.

$30 flextonegamecalls.com

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HAYDEL'S F-12

Cajuns are addicted to whitefronts, and the Feather Lite Speck is one heck of an enabler. With a flamed Bois d'arc body, poly stopper and shaved-reed guts, it is a soft finesse call white-fronts love.

$60 | haydels.com

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RNT G5

With a redesigned GT milled gut system that replicates the deep, mellow tones of big geese, the RNT G5 shines in water holes where calling restraint is rewarded.

$155 | rntcalls.com

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HAYES HANG TIME

Forgiving and easy to blow, the Hang Time is an acrylic short-reed that houses perfectly-tuned guts. Whether you're a contest caller or first-timer, it has plenty of range for both..

$70 | hayescalls.com

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SEAN MANN EASTERN SHOREMAN X2

Built on the same platform that has won nearly 30 championships and killed piles of geese, the Shoreman X2 is CNC-machined for precise honker sounds. A slender profile expands the tone and creates a lively feel.

$100 | seanmann.com

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FOX PRO SUPER SNOW CROW PRO

This e-caller is remote-controlled, comes with 100 FoxPro sounds and stores up to 1,000 more. It has every bell and whistle, including a USB port, so you white goose killers can rock out to AC/ DC at lunch.

$800 | gofoxpro.com

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CONQUER THE CALL

It's been said calling ducks and geese is more art than science, but whether you're a savant or finger painter, Conquer the Call can help. The software lets you practice alongside the pros to fine-tune your technique.

$60 | conquerthecall.com

KNUTSON'S SPORTING GOODS

Knutson's has a full line of options broken down by brand, style and even species, so you can point, click and add another call to your lanyard.

knutsondecoys.com

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