Hunting Q & A

What are the pros and cons of wood and acrylic calls?

What are the pros and cons of wood and acrylic calls?

Q: What are the pros and cons of acrylic vs wood calls?

A: I remember my first call, a nice wood call sported on my spring loaded lanyard. Not an expensive call and I would like to think it mimicked the sounds of ducks. Over the years as my waterfowling obsession grew, so did my call collection. I have both wood and acrylic calls on my lanyard. During each hunting situation, I will start with one call or possibly use both during a hunt. Duck calls have pros and cons you'll need to consider before purchasing your next call.

Acrylic Advantages:

1. Offers a loud and crisp sound
2. Open Water or field hunting situations
3. Durability
4. Doesn't absorb water


1. Cost

Wood Advantages:

1. Offers a softer sound
2. Variety of wood options
3. Hunting weary ducks
4. Cost


1. Wood tends to swell with moisture
2. Maintenance
3. Less durable than acrylic

If your just starting out or have been hunting for years, purchase a call that fits your budget. Today's call market is like a faucet that has been left on all night. Many options will be available to choose from and you'll need to decide what call is going to work for you based your budget and calling needs. When you decide to test drive your new call or use a call that's currently on your lanyard, the best thing you can do is practice. Learn how to blow the call by watching videos on-line or from a mentor. Mentors will offer you a lot of tips and tactics they have learned over the years using both types of calls.

Thanks for your question and hope you'll be able to find a call that works for you.

—Scott Terning