5 Little-Known Facts About Duck Calls

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Duck calls are one of the most popular ways to attract ducks, but there are a few things you may not know about them. Here are five little-known facts about duck calls:

Size does matter

Duck calls come in various sizes, shapes, materials, and colors. All of which can affect the sound of a duck call.

Duck calls have a reed, much like a clarinet or other woodwind instrument. Longer reeds produce a deeper sound, while shorter reeds tend to be higher in pitch. Likewise, a duck call with a thicker barrel has a deeper tone, while thinner barrels or barrels made from plastic will produce a louder, higher-pitched call.

Duck hunting calls have crazy names

To the uninitiated, many duck calls sound alike. To experienced duck hunters, however, there are many different duck calls, each producing a distinct sound and having a name more unique than the last.

  • Cajon squeal
  • Bouncing hen
  • Pair of ducks
  • Feed chuckle

There are duck calling competitions

Duck calling is an art form, and there are annual competitions to see who is the best at calling various waterfowl, including geese and ducks. While the competition started as a small, local event in Arkansas in 1936, with the winner receiving a $6.60 prize, it now garners worldwide competitors and a prize package of over $15,000. With categories like speed calling and quack-off, these competitions can be a lot of fun to watch.

Some duck hunting calls can cost hundreds of dollars

While you can find a cheap duck call at your local sporting goods store for under $20, some of the more high-end calls can cost hundreds of dollars. These calls are often made from expensive materials like wood or ivory; some even have gold or silver accents. It's easy to see how the hunting industry can generate over 25 billion in sales annually.

Duck calls aren't just for calling ducks

Duck calls can be used to communicate with other hunters in the area. By using different cadences and pitches, you can let other hunters know if you're coming in hot on a flock or asking for help.

Additionally, duck hunting calls are popular among birdwatchers, as duck calls attract ducks and other waterfowl to an area, which is especially useful if you're trying to get a close look at a rare or elusive bird.

There is much more to duck calling than meets the eye. The next time you're out in the blind, take a moment to appreciate the history and craftsmanship that goes into these hunting tools.

For more information about duck calls, reach out to a local supplier.


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