Regular care and maintenance will keep your favorite calls at peak performance for the life of the call. As waterfowl hunters, we like to tinker with our gear – and duck and goose calls are no different. The resources here will help you return your call to its original condition and provide tips on personalizing the call to your unique calling style.
Use the links below to view printable tuning instructions:
Here are a few care and maintenance tips to keep your calls in good operating condition:
- Always use a lanyard that allows you to keep a loop around both the barrel and the insert portions of each call. This will prevent lost call parts.
- Frequently check to make sure your insert fits tightly inside the barrel, especially on acrylic duck call inserts that don't use an O-ring seal
- Keep the barrel and reeds clean and clear of dirt, food crumbs, and any other material that could interfere with the vibration of the reeds
- To keep your duck call reeds clear from debris or moisture, you can remove the insert from the barrel and carefully slide a dollar bill or other thin piece of paper between the bottom reed and the toneboard.
- Inspect the cork or wedge occasionally to make sure it is seated properly against the bottom of the cork slot, and to check for wear or dryness. Natural cork should be replaced every other season, or possibly every season if you hunt most every day. We offer tune-up kits that include everything you need to replace worn out reeds, corks, and wedges - shop Tune-Up Kits.
- If your insert has one or more O-rings, check them periodically to make sure the O-rings are in good shape. Broken O-rings could lead to lost inserts.
If you would like to send us your call to be professionally tuned, please visit the Call Tuning Services page.