2014 Gear

Sound Off: Duck & Goose Calls

Sound Off: Duck & Goose Calls

Whether you’re a defending world champion or a new hunter just learning to blow a double reed, there’s little doubt that effective calling is deadly on ducks and geese. From difficult Canada goose spit notes to the soft feeding chuckle of a hungry mallard hen, the various calls offered by Delta Waterfowl advertisers can help you mimic your favorite web-footed fowl.

Knight and Hale Game Calls created the Flight Control Duck Call series to meet every waterfowler’s needs. Available in single or double reed, this duo will have big northern mallards slamming on the brakes for a second look. The Flight Control single-reed call is ideal for raspy duck sounds across a wide range of volumes, while the double reed blows a mellower tune for close-quarters calling.

Haydel’s Game Calls developed the KC-13 Keyless Cutdown Mallard Call as a response to the desire by timber hunters to resurrect this historic calling style. Cutdown calls typically require an extreme amount of air, but the KC-13 is much more forgiving on the lungs. A slightly softer blowing single reed, it maintains the ability to bark at birds in the traditional cutdown manner to catch the attention of redlegs overhead.

Whether it’s the spring conservation season or for a fall hunt, the SnoZone by Hayes Calls will have snow geese fighting to get into your decoys. Made from turned acrylic for volume and sharpness, the short reed easily reproduces a snow’s full repertoire of yelps, squawks, clucks and honks. Crank the volume to catch geese from afar, and then turn it down for feeding chuckles that are music to hungry birds.

Built on innovations devised by James “Cowboy” Fernandez and George Yentzen, Sure-Shot Game Calls created the Yentzen One in homage to its flagship World Champion mallard call. The Yentzen One features an inset customizable band and patented screw-lock design that eliminates the headache of lost parts. Sure-Quack double-reed technology resists sticking, and the body is constructed from a proprietary material touted as the loudest and strongest on the market.

Bred from the same DNA as Rich-N-Tone’s original Daisy Cutter, the Daisy Slayer has an uncanny ability for natural duck sounds without the loss of its predecessor’s aggressiveness. Because of increased backpressure from a shorter insert and a unique bore design, the Daisy Slayer is free and loose on the bottom for quacks and soft clucks, but can belt high-octane hail calls and comebacks when required. The Slayer is available in acrylic colors or rich bocote wood.

Paleo River Duck Calls are bad to the bone. Combining form and function, owner Al Hamberlin’s refined masterpieces are turned in the storied Mississippi Delta from genuine trophy deer antler. All Paleo River Duck Calls are individual works of art — no two are exactly alike — with a unique look and feel. Single or double reed are available in 120-, 140- or 160-inch classes based on the Boone & Crocket antler scoring system.

Constructed with an excusive blend of materials, the Flextone Supernatural Canada Goose call features a hybrid barrel of rigid interior and softer exterior that delivers ultra-natural vocalizations in both pitch and tone. Easy to master, callers of any experience levels will appreciate its special blend of attitude and clarity. The Supernatural Canada Goose looks the part, too, with a brushed aluminum band and unique Realtree AP camo wrap.

Zink Calls set out to make a powerful, loud, speedy acrylic short-reed Canada goose call with a nasty low end for finishing wary honkers at close quarters, and the result was the COD Call of Death. With its straight-bore mouthpiece, slender end piece, laser-engraved graphics and a competition caliber worn-in tone channel, the COD looks as good as it sounds. The call comes in a variety of colors, each with extra reeds and instructional DVD.

Built with a wooden barrel, machined aluminum collar and polycarbonate insert, the Primos Shock Caller is capable of reproducing all the sounds of Canada geese. Featuring patented ditches on the soundboard and relocation pins to keep the call from sticking, it is responsive and provides resonate tones and pitches that geese can hear from a distance. Popular among pros, the short-reed design requires less backpressure, so it’s easier for new callers to learn and blow.