Duck & goose calls.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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