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Duck & goose calls.

THE HUGE ADRENALINE rush you get from calling a high flock into the decoys is one of the most satisfying facets in waterfowling. There was a time good calls were hard to come by, but with the evolution of manufacturing techniques, materials and internal modifications, that's no longer the case. Traditional wooden duck calls have held their own, but acrylics seem to be taking over. There are advantages to both. Wood calls have a more mellow sound, favored for flooded timber and small pot-hole hunts; acrylics are louder, built for the contest stage and wide-open spaces. A skilled caller can make either work in any situation, but wooden calls require more care. They should be taken apart during the day to compensate for the expansion of the insert, and always left to dry overnight. Acrylics are low maintenance--a flush of water every week keeps them clean. Arkansas-style calls use cork to hold the reed tight, and it needs to be changed periodically. Specklebelly and snow goose calls are also becoming more prevalent, and if these birds frequent your fields, it's a good idea to have one.

A call must fit how you blow, and when you find one that does, buy it and treat it well, because you'll use and enjoy it for years.

DUCK CALLS

RNT Daisy Slayer

The design harkens back to Stuttgart call-making legend Clyde Hancock. The Daisy Slayer is built for hunting around lots of live ducks with a strong powerband in the middle. A whispering natural rasp will finish spooky late-season greenheads.

$145 | www.rntcalls.com

Zink Green Machine

Feeding mallards high volume sound, the Green Machine has a superb bottom-end chuckle for cashing in on decoying drakes. Zink's Z-CUT no-stick tone channel stops reed-lock. Extra reeds are included, as well as an instructional DVD, leg band, and protective hard case.

$140 | www.zinkcalls.com

Sean Mann Ma Barker

Ma Barker's gang shot it out with the FBI, and you'll shoot limits with the powerful snap of this bark-style call. Easy to blow, with room for plenty of finesse to get those stubborn mallards circling back.

$40-$130| www.duck-goosecalls.com

Foiles Raizin Cayne

Old school in sound, the Raizin Cayne has an all-new twist-lock design that forms an air-tight seal. No more lost call inserts. Add some spit grooves to keep the reed (single or double) going, and you'll be raz'n the ducks attention.

$1291 | www.foilesstraitmeat.com

Banded November Rain

No, it's not that cheesy Axl Rose ballad, but the foolproof rasp, and extra-stout volume of November Rain's double-reed will send the greenheads to "Paradise City." It's range and versatility will have the ducks begging to cup in.

$140 | www.banded.com

WingNutz Deuce

Sporting a shorter barrel for faster reed action, the double-reed is the bossiest hen you ever met. The more you push the more commanding she gets, without squealing or sticking; she just puts birds on your strap.

S50-S130 | www.wingnutzcalls.com

Big Guys Best Drake Brake

Stop 'em dead over your decoys, using one of the best tone boards BGB has ever made--all stuffed into a short barrel. It's fast, loud, and as real as it gets! Single- or double-reed.

$129 | www.foilesstraitmeat.com

Haydel's FM-12

The new Flamin' Bois d' Arc Mallard call features that seductive of' hen squeal legendary Cajun guides used to get those webbed feet dangling over the decoys. Always reliable, the 0-ring is sealed inside this beautiful double-reed.

$85 | www.haydels.com

Primos Wench

Patented tone ridges and tuning ditches on the sound board keep the Wench from sticking at the wrong moment. Covering or uncovering the hole in the insert lets her talk high or seductively low.

$20 | www.primos.com

Flambeau Ice Box

Designed by professional guide Richie McKnight, the Ice Box provides the utmost in versatility, from weekend warrior to pro. In flooded timber or open water, this call makes hail calls and sweet clucks and chuckles that bring 'em close.

$25 | www.flambeauoutdoors.com

Knight & Hale EZ Debutante

As traditional as an Auto-5, your heirs will fight over the EZ Debutante. Its exceptional volume rings out across open fields, and produces a rich sound (hand-tuned) for closing the deal.

$50 | www.knightandhale.com

GK Calls Call Girl

If former New York governor Elliot Spitzer were a duck hunter, this would be his go-to call. GK uses exclusive counter-bore technology to give this gal a very unique sound. A machined micro-groove locks the insert in place for consistent, optimal air pressure.

$115 | www.gkcalls.com

Goey Calls Swamp Laundry

The double-reed does everything but put drakes belly-up in the decoys--that's on you. Popular with beginners and veterans alike, it goes from whiney feeder chatter to a convincing comeback call.

$119 | www.goeycalls.com

Crack Calls Clutch

Crack call-shy birds with this Arkansas-style double-reed. You can hear the fine hand-tuning with every breath into the business end of this acrylic--even pressured ducks can't resist it.

$118 | www.crackpredatorcalls.com

KES Snub Nose

Don't let the mallards snub your spread with this easy-running call designed to produce a pure sound green-heads can't ignore. The Snub Nose was built to respond faster when you're trying to lure in passing flocks with those dulcet tones.

$85 | www.keswaterfowlers.com

Sure-Shot Yentzen

Old school and still cool. Jim "Cowboy" Fernandez, the originator of the Yentzen, still oversees production of this old-time wood call. The new versions have been redesigned to get up and ring, and get down and chuckle just like a mama hen.

$52 | www.sureshotgamecalls.com

GOOSE CALLS

Zink Call of Death

Fred gives you power, volume, top-end speed, and nasty low-end for finishing wary birds with his Call of Death. With a straight bore mouthpiece and worn-in tone channel, it sounds downright deadly. Comes with a leg band and DVD.

$160 | www.zinkcalls.com

Sean Mann Super Shorty XP-1

The volume of the Super Shorty could clear a saloon full of drunkards at closing time, but we like its soft and sweet moans for finishing Canadas. You can operate the XP without back pressure, leaving a hand free for flagging.

$40-$130 | www.duck-goosecalls.com

Banded High Noon

Whether you're a gunslinger in the field or on stage, this mid-sized short-reed is loaded with the real goose sounds birds and judges like to hear. You could leave the blind with a full strap one day, and enter a calling championship the next.

$155 | www.banded.com

Foiles Redemption

The short-reed is a design departure from other Foiles' calls, but it's strait goose. Blast some air through the small-to-large tapered bore barrel for super fast pop. The flared insert gives the Redemption that goosey buzz.

$159 | www.foilesstraitmeat.com

RNT MicroGoose SS

RNT junked the muffler and opened the choke to let her rip with the new MicroGoose SS. While small in stature, this call has great range, and all the right sounds you need to work Canadas in tight.

$125 | www.rntcalls.com

Big Guys Best Widowmaker

No doubt this easy-to-blow short-barrel, short-insert, shaved-reed call will make for lots of goose funerals this fall. It's the perfect blow tube for hail calling sky-high Canadas into your spread.

$159 | www.foilesstraitmeat.com

WingNutz Speck & Ross

The WingNutz line is excellent for beginners, especially when it comes to those tough-to-emulate squeals of white-fronts. The Bar-Belly Speck and Ross makes high-pitched speck chirps, and the "peck" of a Ross's goose.

$40-$130 | www.wingnutzcalls.com

KES Migration Ender

The season's over ... for giant Canadas, that is. This fast-running call with worn-in guts is equally deadly on stage and provides maximum realism and volume for fooling wary honkers.

$95 | www.keswaterfowlers.com

Haydel's FL-12 Feather Lite

Do you call a lot? Then the Feather Lite Speck with shaved reed is for you. Plenty of southern Louisiana guides love this call for its easy yodel that works wonders on spooky, call-shy white-fronts.

$60 | www.haydels.com

Flambeau Chill Factor

High pitched to attract high-flying migrators, the Chill Factor is a great option on windy days when you really need the Canadas to hear your calls. Worn-in guts give true goose sounds with a snappy response time.

$30 www.flambeauoutdoors.com

Primos Honky Tonk

Ganders love a good honky tonk in the middle of a cut ag field, but you can make it their last hootenanny with this easy-to-blow short-reed. The tone board ditches prevent sticking, and the guts are easy to disassemble for cleaning.

$34 | www.primos.com

Knight & Hale Long Neck Honker

Start pulling Canadas away from your buddy's pit blind with Knight & Hale's Long Neck Honker. Easy blowing, the Honker has the power to reach out to far-ranging birds, and the low-end sounds will put'em feet down.

$50 | www.knightandhale.com

GK Giant Slayer

When those fat suburban Canaclas make their way to your rural field, be ready to strike them down with GK's Giant Slayer. A wide variety of tones and built-in back pressure make this a true death whistle.

$69 | www.gkcalls.com

Goey Sidekick

Talk to those high-flying honkers with Goey's short-reed that has the volume. When they get in close, its very fast response gets the geese excited to land in the decoys.

$120 | www.goeycalls.com

Crack Calls One Off

There's plenty of goosey goodness in this short-reed. The straight-bored mouthpiece allows for speed and power, and is tuned for volume and control. Your choice of standard or guide series worn-in guts.

$122 | www.crackpredatorcalls.com

Sure-Shot Specklebelly

This call duplicates the laughing, wawa sounds and cackles of the white-fronted goose. Made of durable plastic for a long hunting life.

$21 | www.sureshotgamecalls.com
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Author:Taylor, John M.
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Date:Aug 1, 2013
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