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#5575283 - 01/31/15 04:27 PM Help a Rookie Out
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Woodsman

Registered: 11/27/14
Posts: 221
Loc: Mesquite/Canton
I started duck hunting for the first time after the split. I would either go hunting with friends at their place or hunt on my family's land by myself. I never had to use a duck call, so I never bought one. I did however just join ducks unlimited. With my membership comes the DU Call of the Wild acrylic call. Is this a decent duck call to learn with? I want to go out and practice calling throughout the closed season so I can be ready next season.

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#5575297 - 01/31/15 04:33 PM Re: Help a Rookie Out [Re: shea.mcphail]
BradyBuck Online   content
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 10/18/07
Posts: 5131
Loc: Abilene, TX
Check out the RNT YouTube videos.

I think the Echo diamond wood timber is the best call for the money.

Practice a lot and try not to get frustrated.

Duck calling has been the hardest type of calling I've tried to learn. You can practice from now till November and may still not be very good.

Or you may pick up on it quick.

Good luck!

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#5575305 - 01/31/15 04:37 PM Re: Help a Rookie Out [Re: shea.mcphail]
TOMCAT21 Offline


Registered: 04/15/09
Posts: 448
Loc: Keller, TX
RNT also has some instructional DVDs that are supposed to be excellent. My son practices in his truck to and from school.


Edited by TOMCAT21 (01/31/15 04:38 PM)

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#5575312 - 01/31/15 04:39 PM Re: Help a Rookie Out [Re: BradyBuck]
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Woodsman

Registered: 11/27/14
Posts: 221
Loc: Mesquite/Canton
Originally Posted By: BradyBuck
Check out the RNT YouTube videos.

I think the Echo diamond wood timber is the best call for the money.

Practice a lot and try not to get frustrated.

Duck calling has been the hardest type of calling I've tried to learn. You can practice from now till November and may still not be very good.

Or you may pick up on it quick.

Good luck!


Thanks for the tip. I have zero clue about the different calls or how to properly call. I'll keep reading and practicing. I am also a Hank Shaw fan. Enjoyed the quote in your signature.

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#5575318 - 01/31/15 04:41 PM Re: Help a Rookie Out [Re: shea.mcphail]
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Veteran Tracker

Registered: 11/09/11
Posts: 2725
Loc: Tarrant Cty and Murray
I just bought my first call this year. I have read on several forums to make sure you start on a double reed call. I bought a Haydel's DR-85 kit which came with a whistle and DVD. Pretty good deal for 30 bucks and on the shotgun world forum this call was consistently mentioned for it's ease of use.

I hunted with a guide this year that does not like Duck Commander stuff but he said the DC Triple Threat is the easiest call to learn on and easy to use.
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#5575329 - 01/31/15 04:45 PM Re: Help a Rookie Out [Re: shea.mcphail]
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Woodsman

Registered: 11/27/14
Posts: 221
Loc: Mesquite/Canton
The more reeds in your call the easier they are to use correct?

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#5575346 - 01/31/15 04:51 PM Re: Help a Rookie Out [Re: shea.mcphail]
BradyBuck Online   content
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 10/18/07
Posts: 5131
Loc: Abilene, TX
A double reed like the echo I mentioned is easier to learn on. They take less air in my experience and are easier to make sound raspy.

After you get comfortable with that I'd get a good single reed. Wal1809 on this forum makes a nice single reed call. It takes more air but once you've figured out what "using your diaphragm" means you'll like how a good single reed sounds.

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#5575350 - 01/31/15 04:53 PM Re: Help a Rookie Out [Re: shea.mcphail]
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Woodsman

Registered: 11/27/14
Posts: 221
Loc: Mesquite/Canton
Do you know if he has a website? Curious to check out his products.

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#5575358 - 01/31/15 04:57 PM Re: Help a Rookie Out [Re: shea.mcphail]
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Registered: 08/14/13
Posts: 539
Loc: NTX

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#5575360 - 01/31/15 05:01 PM Re: Help a Rookie Out [Re: shea.mcphail]
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Woodsman

Registered: 11/27/14
Posts: 221
Loc: Mesquite/Canton
Thanks y'all for the help

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#5575377 - 01/31/15 05:12 PM Re: Help a Rookie Out [Re: shea.mcphail]
aerangis Offline
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Registered: 09/05/08
Posts: 715
Loc: Nunya
My advice on calling waterfowl.... it's more important knowing when to not call, than it is knowing when to call.

I enjoy seeing a group of ducks turn into my call, and I enjoy seeing a huge flock of geese turn a half mile away and come straight into my call, and I enjoy seeing someone who is good calling birds. But there's nothing that gets under my skin more than incessant calling.

I've been hunting waterfowl for over 40 years. A lot of crap I hear people calling ducks, I have never heard come out of a ducks mouth. Not the sound, not the cadence, not the timbre. It's gotten ridiculous on public.

Not to disparage a good call or a good caller, but it if I didn't know better, I'd bet a lot of calling is done for the entertainment value.

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#5575507 - 01/31/15 06:23 PM Re: Help a Rookie Out [Re: aerangis]
TTUhunter4 Offline
Tracker

Registered: 07/03/10
Posts: 626
Loc: Texas
My recommendation would be to practice until you are confident before using your call in a hunting situation. Bad calling does much more harm than good. Once you learn to blow your call, you can then focus on reading the ducks to see how the react when you blow it.

If you have a friend who is legitimately a good caller (not just someone who thinks he is) lean on him for advice and get him to give you some lessons. You need to learn how to read ducks more than how to blow the call, and an experienced hunter can help you with both.

An experienced Waterfowler knows that nothing works every day. Some days aggressive calling will bring them in on a rope, and other days it will flare them. It's all about reading the ducks and determining what they want on that day.

IMO duck hunters being unwilling to change things and adapt during a hunt and through the season saves many a duck's life.
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#5575509 - 01/31/15 06:25 PM Re: Help a Rookie Out [Re: shea.mcphail]
TTUhunter4 Offline
Tracker

Registered: 07/03/10
Posts: 626
Loc: Texas
I second the echo diamondwood as an excellent choice for someone new to calling ducks.
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#5575687 - 01/31/15 08:03 PM Re: Help a Rookie Out [Re: shea.mcphail]
Jeff Elder Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 01/09/08
Posts: 6205
Loc: Weatherford/Albany / Matagorda...
Double reed takes more air than a single reed. Learn on a single reed and you will be a better caller.
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#5577662 - 02/01/15 11:45 PM Re: Help a Rookie Out [Re: shea.mcphail]
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Registered: 07/17/06
Posts: 77570
Loc: Abilene or on the road...
This the instructional set that is recommended on most of the duck callmakers forums.

http://www.mcssl.com/store/carlson-championship-calls/duck-calling-a-to-z
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