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Waterfowler's Notebook: Reading Ducks

To be a good duck caller, you've got to be a good duck watcher," a veteran guide on Tennessee's famed Reelfoot Lake once told me. "You've got to pay close attention to the birds' reactions and determine whether you have to tease them in or demand that they come to the decoys." The following tips will help you master the art of reading ducks and adjust your calling to toll more birds into the decoys.

New Duck Calls for 2015

Duck and goose calls are a combination of folk art and musical instruments, and are among the most important tools for avid waterfowl hunters. Each call is designed a little bit different from the next, and the call maker, or call tuner, adds his unique touch. The 2015 Duck and Goose Call Roundup contains a variety of species and unique body styles from big-name call makers to small family shops across America. Find your next call here.

Gear Guide: 2014 Duck Calls

The 2014 Duck and Goose Call Guide contains the most recent makes and models from multiple call makers throughout the nation. The call-making iconic companies like Haydel's, Rich-N-Tone, and Buck Gardner are well represented, along with new companies like Elite, Field Proven and Pacific. Finding the right call is unique to every hunter and shouldn't be taken lightly. The quest to find a new call for the 2014-2015 waterfowl season begins here!

New Guns & Gear for 2014

You don't want to miss this overview of new guns, ammo & accessories for the 2014 hunting season. By Ron Spomer and Chris Jennings.

Waterfowler's Notebook: Anatomy of a Duck Call

It's not a stretch to compare a duck call to a traditional woodwind instrument such as a saxophone or clarinet. Musicians play these instruments by forcing air through a mouthpiece and across a reed, which vibrates to produce sound. Duck calls work in much the same way.

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Receive the BRAND NEW Buck Gardner Green Pearl Duck Call

For only $35, you'll receive member benefits for one year, and as an added bonus, we'll also send you the Green Pearl Duck Call! This unique double-reed call is exclusive for DU members only and available for a limited time.

Better Waterfowling Tip - DU TV - Calling Multiple Duck Species

Target specific species by using different calling tactics. Wade Bourne explains how to catch the attention of pintails, wood ducks, and other.

Better Waterfowling Tip - DU TV - Using Competition Calling Techniques

While competition style duck calling is much different than hunting-oriented calling, Wade Bourne explains a situation when he uses this technique.

2013 Waterfowl Calls Guide

Waterfowl calls are specific to every species, hunter, and region. This makes finding the perfect duck or goose call a difficult task. The DU Newsletter makes it easier to start your search. Begin with the newest additions to the market – new waterfowl calls for 2013.

Calling Tips: Hunting and calling from a pit blind

Field Hudnall explains how to call from a pit blind.

Simple System for Calling Canada Geese

Canada geese have an intricate system of vocal communications. "Honkers" make a variety of different calls – long range hail calls, clucks, feeding calls, comeback calls, whines, moans, etc. Each of these calls conveys a different message. Expert callers mimic all these calls and mix them appropriately to entice passing geese to join their decoys.

November Gear Guide: Puddler Decoys

Puddlers make up the more common decoys on the market today, but as technology advances, so do these decoys. New paint schemes, fully flocked bodies, and motion stakes provide new tweaks to the traditions of waterfowling over blocks.

Calling All Geese

Five experts share their secrets for calling Canadas, cacklers, whitefronts, light geese and brant

Duck Calling Tip with Will Primos

Watch as Will Primos of Primos Hunting Calls shows how to preform the basics of calling wood ducks.

RNT Tips: Fast Feed Call

Butch Richenback, founder of RNT Calls, teaches how to speed up your feeding call. Learn the basic feed call, all the way to a more advanced feeding chuckle.

New Duck Calls for 2012

Legendary outdoor writer Nash Buckingham once said, "A duck call in the hands of the unskilled is one of conservation's greatest assets." The August Gear Guide contains new duck and goose call options for the 2012-2013 waterfowl season. It's the perfect time of year to get a new duck or goose call, and there's still time before opening day to learn how to use it.

Short-reed Calling Tips

There are few sounds that get a waterfowl hunter's heart racing like those of a Canada goose. A single, distant honk is often all it takes to send hunters racing to close blind doors and scrambling to bring a lanyard full of calls to the ready.

Adjust Your Calling to Suit Mood of the Ducks

Sometimes ducks want a lot of calling; sometimes they want a little. It's up to a caller to determine which the birds prefer on the day he's in the blind, then to offer them just the right amount of calling to coax them in.

Get Ready for Duck Hunting Season

Though it can be difficult to imagine during these hot summer months, another waterfowl season is fast approaching.

Duck Calling Video: Change the Speed

Founder of RNT Calls, Butch Richenback, provides a tutorial on how to change speeds within your quacks. Utilizing a cadence and changing it slighty to adapt to different situations will help your duck calling.

Duck Calling Video: Listen to the Caller

John Stephens, president of RNT calls, explains why you should listen to the caller, rather than looking for the ducks.

Duck Calling Video: Purchasing a Duck Call

Butch Richenback, RNT Calls founder, provides insights on how he would select a duck call.

Duck Calling Video: Add a Quack into a Feed Call

Butch Richenback, RNT Calls founder, explains how to add a quack into your feed call.

Duck Calling Video: Call to a Duck's Reaction

Jim Ronquest, RNT-V producer, describes how varying your calling techniques based on the ducks' body language will improve your calling success.

Duck Calling Video: Learn Slow

Butch Richenback, RNT Calls founder, takes you step-by-step on learning to call ducks. Learning slow, and piecing individual segments together, will allow you to learn to be a better caller.

Duck Calling Video: Calling with Rhythm

Butch Richenback, RNT Calls founder, describes how to pull your ducks calls into a rhythm.

Duck Calling Video: Calling at Ducks

Calling at ducks, rather than to ducks

Duck Calling Video: General Duck Calling

Jim Ronquest, RNT-V producer, explains how to piece together a string of calls to create a sequence, or cadence.

Close-Range Canadas

Over time, a goose hunter learns to take care of the little things. So we contacted four pros, all well schooled in the ways of the Canada goose, and asked them to share their expertise.

The Highball Duck Call

Waterfowl hunters should use the highball selectively—at certain times and in certain places. Listen as Wade Bourne gives a few tips on how to use this call more effectively.

Duck Calling Video: Learn Locations

Jim Ronquest, RNT-V producer explains that when communicating with ducks, no matter your situation, the location of where you are calling them is the most important aspect. Understanding the basics of calling ducks will improve your success on every hunt.

Finishing Ducks with Single Quack Calls

A wizened old duck hunter once said, "There are duck callers, and then there are duck call blowers."

Duck Calling Video: Learn Single Quacks

Butch Richenback, founder of RNT Calls, explains how duck callers can begin by learning the single quack. Starting with the basics will lead into more advanced duck calling.

Duck Calling: Let off the call

Jim Ronquest, RNT-V producer, provides insight on how to finish ducks by letting off the call. Backing off your calling as ducks approach offers them the opportunity to come into your decoys.

Mastering the Comeback Duck Call

A flight of ducks shows interest in your decoys, but is still wary. As the birds swing downwind, their body language shows indecision. Some of the ducks seem anxious to decoy. Others want to continue on their way. This is the time for the comeback call.

Duck Calling Video: Learn the feed call

Butch Richenback, founder of RNT Calls, explains the fundemental steps of learning how to master the feed call.

RNT Tips: Stop Calling

Jim Ronquest, RNT-V producer, explains that sometimes it's better to quit calling and reach for a jerk string. Putting the emphasis on movement in the decoys, rather than calling, could separate you from everyone else.

Duck Calling Video: Use Back Pressure

John Stephens, president of RNT calls, explains how a duck call's bore size can change the sound of each call. Using more back pressure, created with a smaller bore, callers can create different sounds needed in different hunting situations.

Antonio Jones Wins Cabela’s Duck Calling Contest

When the last caller fell silent and the judges’ votes were all tallied, 25-year-old Antonio Jones of Little Rock, Ark., stepped forward to claim the big prize.

Antonio Jones Duck Calling Routine

Antonio Jones, from Little Rock, Ark., and Rich-N-Tone Pro Staff member, goes through his routine following the Kansas City Cabelas Open Duck Calling contest. Jones won the $10,000 first place prize.

Hail the Champions

Hughes, Allen, Rickman capture calling titles

Four Time-Tested Tips for Hunting Dabblers

Waterfowl are moving with the cold December winds, and hunters throughout the country are preparing for the winter flights. The DU E-newsletter editorial team has selected four of the most time-tested dabbler hunting tips for you to focus on this season. Remembering these four essentials can help you improve your calling, decoys, concealment and shooting.

Diversify your calling strategies: Wigeon

When most hunters think of duck calls, they think of mallard calls—and for good reason. Mallards are the most common and most vocal of North America’s ducks, and hunters who can accurately reproduce the raspy quacks of a mallard hen can lure just about any species of dabbling duck into their decoys.

Duck Calling

A complete listing of DU's duck and goose calling tips. If you're looking for ways to improve your calling this season, you've come to the right place!

Decoying Ducks in Arkansas Timber

Decoying ducks in the Arkansas timber sometimes requires a soft touch.

When Silence is Golden

In some situations, the silent treatment will help you decoy more ducks.

Duck Hunting on a Budget

Here's how cost-conscious waterfowlers can enjoy high-quality hunting without breaking the bank.

Clean Up Your Call

From cleaning your call to practicing in the field and at home, you can improve your duck calling technique all year long.

Point-Blank Waterfowling

These tips will help you get more birds feet down over the decoys.

Choosing a Duck Call

Personal preference is important when buying a new call, but ultimately, hunters should make a selection based on what they need as well as what strikes their fancy.

15 Veteran Tips for Waterfowlers

Hang around even the most tight-lipped hunters long enough and they will share good advice, particularly during the off-season—you just have to be listening when they do.

Call in the Wood Ducks

Rod Haydel, founder of Haydel's Game Calls, discusses the elusive wood duck and how to call them properly.

Calling Whistling Ducks - Video Tip

Rod Haydel, founder of Haydel's Game Calls, provides some professional secrets to calling whistling ducks, especially teal and pintails.

Call like a Champion

Two of the world’s best duck callers share some of their secrets during an unforgettable Arkansas waterfowl hunt.

Tuning a Duck Call

Wade Bourne explains how to make small changes to improve the sound of your single- or double-reed duck call.

30 Helpful Hints for Waterfowlers

Would you like to improve your waterfowling success and make each trip a bit safer and more enjoyable? These 30 tips could help!

20 Tips For Better Waterfowling

These helpful hints from some of today's most innovative duck and goose hunters might pay off big this season

Reading Ducks

Wade Bourne draws on the knowledge of seasoned callers to teach you how to "read the ducks" and improve your calling technique.

Old-Time Ways Mouth-Calling Ducks

Keith Sutton explains the old-time art of mouth-calling ducks and geese.

Ultimate Duck Calling Challenge

What's the secret to world-class duck callers' success? Gary Koehler sheds some light on these championship techniques.

Legends of the Call

Gary Koehler profiles some of history's most notable duck and goose call makers.

7 Deadly Duck Calling Mistakes

Ducks Unlimited interviewed four of North America's best duck callers to find out the most common calling mistakes made by duck hunters and, more importantly, how to correct them.

Calling All Ducks

Imitating whistles, peeps, chirps, and various other duck sounds can diversify your calling and your game bag.

Duck Calling Video: The Feeding Chuckle

Wade Bourne demonstrates and explains the feeding chuckle, a sometimes touchy calling technique that takes time to master.

10 Tips from Top Callers

Expert waterfowlers share their secrets for calling late-season ducks and geese.

The Single-Quack Series

This finishing call often works like a homing beacon for ducks.

3 Quick Duck Calling Tips

Three experts in the duck calling arena offer up quick-fire tips to carry with you into the blind this season.

Secrets of the Call Makers

With such a wide selection, how do you decide which call is best for your hunting needs? Following is sage advice from four of the nation's most respected call makers about duck calls and calling.

Words of Wisdom from DU Members

Words of wisdom from DU members across North America

10 Tips for Better Duck Calling

Rod Haydel shares quick-fire secrets to a better call

Keep Your Call Warm and Dry

Calling champions and professionals offer advice on keeping your calls in top condition to increase their lifespan and give you the best possible performance every season.

A Quick Solution for Cleaning Your Duck Call in the Field

Rod Haydel offers some advice for cleaning your duck calls on the fly using just a dollar bill and a little bit of know-how.

Maintain and Modify Your Duck Calls

Gary Koehler advises on the best ways to maintain the quality of your call and make slight tweaks to improve its performance.

Duck Calling Teamwork

A team calling effort may get you more birds in your bag this season. Gary Koehler shares some teamwork tips from calling pros.

8 Duck Calls Every Duck Hunter Must Master

There are eight calls every serious duck hunter should have in his or her repertoire. Learn these, and you will be able to bring ducks closer in nearly every hunting situation.

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