Waterfowling Calling ducks in different situations

Calling ducks in different situations

In duck calling you have to take various things into account, most notably the characteristics of the hunting place and weather.

The place where the ducks are hunted affects in many ways, beginning from the selection of the duck call. In open places like big lakes, rivers and large fields the call must have enough volume, especially when calling distant ducks. When hunting on small ponds, in timber or during quiet calm days, the call must be softer and less noisy. Especially when there is no wind and there is overcast, you need a more subtle call and calling.

Use the right calling style for the situation.

Besides the call it also good to change the tempo and notes you are calling with. On windy days you need to call loud and aggressive to be heard, but on calm days just basics quacks and feeding sounds are often enough. For those calm day come-back calls a 5 note quacks with descending tempo works fine.

Watch the ducks and their responses to your calling. If they spook away, you are calling too loud or your calling doesn't sound right. In either case decrease your calling and it's volume. Stay in basic quacks and feeding sounds. When ducks are approaching keep your calling from minimal to none and if there is any sign of hesitation, call to encourage the ducks. The encouragement must be done immediately, because if the ducks start to slip away they are always harder to get back, than it is to keep them on their track. Let the ducks come and use calling to guide them to the target if they start to slip off.

Study the ducks

Watch the ducks closely. You can't figure out everything before hand. Watch how the ducks react to your calling and adjust your calling accordingly. First ducks will give you the guidelines for the day's calling. Don't try force the ducks, go with the flow.

Calm and overcast morning at duck bling

Calm and overcast morning requires more subtle calling.