Selecting the right duck calls │ picking the proper style In the world of duck hunting, duck calls are king. Selecting the right duck call may seem like an easy decision, however, it can prove to be more challenging than you might think. Duck calls come in a wide range of shapes, sizes and styles. There are calls for open water hunting, timber hunting, cutting calls, short barrel calls, and the list goes one. While it is accurate to say that different calls fit different situations, it is important to select a call that fits you. Selecting a duck call that fits you is truly a personal decision. There is a lot that goes into it. First and probably the most obvious, is the fit and the feel. Most duck hunters will keep a duck call in their duck call in the hand for the majority of the time there are in the field, so it is very important that the call or style of call you choose is one that it most very comfortable. You know you have stumbled upon the right call when it seems to almost disappear in your hand, and you forget you are even holding it. You truly want the call to become an extension of your arm. Once you have narrowed down a style or design that seems to work best, it’s important to determine what type of call best fits you in terms of your calling style. To affectively operate a duck call, you must summon air deep from the depths of your diaphragm. There many different types of calls, some are louder for more open water situations. These types of calls are typically single reed calls. Softer calls, used predominately in timber situations or to “finish” waterfowl on the final pass tend to be double reed calls. Cutting calls are used to reach out and hit flocks of ducks on the perimeter of the decoy spread and can be a combination of single or double reed. Each duck call requires a different amount of air pressure to operate; much like a flute call requires a difference in air pressure as compared to a short reed goose call. If you are new to duck hunting and duck calling, or just looking for new duck call one of the first steps to help you make the selections is to consider the type of hunting you will be doing. While single reed calls tend to be a little easier to operate, the can be somewhat overpowering in flooded timber or small marsh situations. At the end of the day, you just need to find what works best for you. There are many different brands of duck calls on the market, and it is important to take the opportunity to explore and “test drive” as many as you can before making your decision. Selecting a new duck call can be an expensive and investment that can be as critical as selecting the proper duck decoys. Ensuring that you select a duck call that fits you, and you can operate effectively will translate into more ducks in the bag this fall!