Calling Tips

Whether you have been calling ducks and geese for decades or if you’re brand new to waterfowl hunting, we can all learn new techniques for become better hunters. Our calling videos range from beginner-level basics to advanced vocalizations and all levels in between. Need some tips and tricks to get the best out of your call? Check out our calling instruction videos. You can also purchase instructional CDs and DVDs from our online store.


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Mallard Drake

Place the small end of the call between your lips and hold it with your front teeth and say the word “Dweeeeet” into the call as deeply as you possibly can. This will mimic the raspy quack of a drake Mallard.


Pintail

Place the small end of the call between your lips and hold it with your front teeth and hold outside edge of the bell end with your right hand and use your middle finger of your left hand to block the hole in the end of the call and force all the air to come out the top slanted hole. Then make your tongue do a trilling sound that kind of sounds like a short blast from a police whistle. Make short bursts of this trilling sound to sound like a group of pintails.


Widgeon

Place the small end of the call between your lips and hold it with your front teeth and say the words “Who we who” into the call. Do this several times to sound like a flock of noisy Widgeons.


Teal

Place the small end of the call between your lips and hold it with your front teeth and let out the smallest sharp burst of air possible making the call produce a “chirp”. Repeat this several times to sound like a Greenwing Teal.


Wood Duck

Place the small end of the call between your lips and hold it with your front teeth and say the word “TooWheeeeeeeeeat” into the call to produce the whine of a Wood Duck.


Bob White Quail

Place the small end of the call between your lips and hold it with your front teeth and hold outside edge of the bell end with your right hand and use your middle finger of your left hand to block the hole in the end of the call and force all the air to come out the top slanted hole and say the words “Bob, Bob, White” into the call. As you are saying the word “White” into the call move your middle finger slightly away from blocking the hole and it will produce the “gather up” call of a Bob White Quail.

How to Hold the Call

Hold the call in the hand that you don’t write with. This is for safety. Hold your gun with your best hand. Learn to hold the call with your off hand. Put small end piece of the call between your thumb and index finger and form a semisalute. Now put the barrel end up to your mouth as if you were drinking out of a Coke bottle. You should lay the call on your bottom lip and make your top lip mirror the top edge of the call and then form a seal so that you do not lose air when you operate the call.


Quack

Say the word “Quit” into the call. Force the air up from your diaphragm just like you would push your air out as if to fog a window. Do not puff your cheeks out and blow. Cut the air off with your tongue against the roof of your mouth.


Cadence

To get the cadence of a hen Mallard, think about the nursery rhyme Three Blind Mice. In your mind, say the words, just the way the musical rhyme plays out and you will have the cadence of a hen Mallard. To fill the call, just add a quack or two on the end.


Hail Call

This long distance greeting/attention getting call is done by putting together a 10-12 quack series that starts loud and descends smoothly throughout the series to the end. Kind of like this: Quit, Quit, Quit, Quit, Quit, Quit, Quit, Quit, Quit, Quit, Quit, Quit. Make sure you cut off each note sharply and doesn’t sound like a laughing duck.


Comeback Call

This call is used to get ducks to do just what is says, turn around and comeback when they are leaving. It is a series of fast quacks that are repeated until the ducks either turn and come back your way or they leave. It goes like this: Quit, Quit, Quit, Quit, Quit, Quit, Quit, Quit, Quit, Quit, Quit, Quit. Again, make sure you cut each note off sharply.


Lonesome Hen

This is the clincher. You will be talking dirty to them. This is the call you will use to finish the deal. It is a series of Quacks that goes like this: Quuuiiit, Quuiit, Quit, Quit, Quit, Quit. Drag the first two notes as if to beg or plead. Sharp crisp notes all the way through.


Feed Call

Make the shortest burst of air into the call that you can by building pressure behind your tongue with it against the roof of your mouth and letting just a little go and then shutting it off quickly. Try and say “Tick Tock” just like a clock. Then learn to say “Tick, Tick, Tick, Tick”. This will sound like ducks feeding on the water and can be used with and after the Lonesome hen.

Canada Hammer II - Quick Tune - Guts

The hand that holds the call is the ON hand. The other will be the OFF hand. The OFF hand will be used to add INFLECTION and to add tone to the call.

Tongue placement is important: Place the tip of the tongue against the back of your lower front teeth and leave it there. The only part of the tongue that needs to move up or down is the middle.


The Honk

Place the call to your mouth (as if you were drinking). Make sure you have a tight seal to keep air from escaping. Blow straight though the call, bringing air up from the diaphragm. DO NOT puff out your cheeks. Keep blowing through the call to get a consistent sound. Next, increase the air pressure slightly while bringing the MIDDLE of the tongue up to break the note off SHARP. A reference word such as WHOO-IT can be used.


The Cluck

The Cluck is the same note as the Honk ... just shorter. Bring the tongue up quicker for a sharp cluck. The reference word WHIT can be used for the Cluck. While using your hand to add inflection to each note, simply, and SLIGHTLY open and close the OFF HAND (the hand not holding the call) to change the pitch of the note. This may take some practice.


The Double Cluck

The double cluck is a series of clucks made very sharply, and by changing the pitch of each cluck with your Off hand. whit-WHIT- whit-WHIT- whit- WHIT are one reference word to doing the simple double cluck. Practice makes perfect on this call ... Take your TIME!!!!


Feeding or Laydown Call

Simply say da-da-da-da or who-who-who while growling into the calls with the deepest voice you can make. This is a sound that is used by geese on the ground while feeding ... it is a confidence call to birds in the air.

Holding the Call

ON-HAND Place the insert between the thumb and index finger and wrap the rest of your fingers around the call just until your finger tips touch your palm. OFF-HAND Place the thumbs side by side and press the bottoms of your palms together to forming a sound chamber. Place the finger tips of the OFF-HAND onto the knuckles of the ON-HAND. This will help build the back pressure you need to operate the call.


Snow Goose Call

Start off by saying the word “WAH” into the call. Use this sound in several pitches. This can be done by opening and closing the hands slightly, and also by increasing and decreasing the air pressure you are blowing into the call. A good sequence to use is 4 or 5 of the WAH notes in a row, in different pitches and cadences.


The Cluck

The cluck is made by saying the word “WHITT” into the call sharply. Just as with the WAH, you can change the pitch and tone by slightly opening and closing your OFF-hand and by increasing and decreasing air into the call.


Feed Call

This is simply done by growling your lowest voice into the call, making the call buzz a little. Using the phrase “WHO WHO WHO“ or ”HAHAHAHA” while doing this will help with the air flow and keep this sound smooth. By adding a variety of WAHs and WHITTs, in different volumes, pitches, and cadences, you will soon learn to sound like a small flock of feeding Snow Geese!


Speck Calling

Holding the call is the same as for the Snow Goose sounds. Reference word to say into the call is “whit-whit”. You will need to huff the air into the call, almost as if you were trying to whistle the lowest pitch you can. You will huff this note into the call in 2 note intervals. You will need to experiment on how much air you need to huff into the call to get the pitch you are looking for. The harder you huff into the call, the higher and clearer the notes, and vice versa. The Clucks of the Speck are made by saying “K” “K” into the call sharply. It’s almost a squeak of a note, but it works excellent on decoying specklebellys! Practice these exercises as often as you can. You will definitely appreciate the performance of these calls with a little “hands on” time!


Barrel

Mouth piece / The part you blow into


Insert

The part of the call that the sound comes out of/The exhaust end of the call