Calling all Ducks
Anne River Calls of Ann River Outdoors uses our plastics to create their goose and duck calls! They sent us this picture of one. Thanks all, we’re always happy to see what our customers make.
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Modern duck calls work like a small woodwind instrument, except instead of beautiful music, they quack. Typically they are made from plastic, rubber, or wood. The rubber calls are usually cheaper, and you just squeeze them to get the sound. Plastic and wood ones are more expensive, higher quality, and the hunter blows into them to produce the sound like a small whistle.
Though wood is classic, plastic has become the preferred material. Its timbre allows for it to produce a louder sound, so hunters can reach out further to attract ducks. Also, the plastic doesn’t absorb moisture and maintains a consistent sound in spite of water, temperature variations, and humidity changes. Given that ducks are usually in wet places, this is extremely useful.
Older models of these woodwind-type duck calls required the hunter to speak, hum, or otherwise vocalize while blowing into it. The newer models are easier to use and don’t require this. It is worth noting, that the classic duck quack is technically only made by the Mallard. This is the most common duck in the United States. But there are lots of other types of ducks that make different sounds, so keep that in mind if you are new to the work of duck calls and/or hunting.
DIY duck calls!
If you are feeling crafty, or want to try your hand at something different, you can make your own duck call! Somebody went and made this handy little website whose sole purpose is to instruct people on how to make duck calls.
Lastly, while not literally duck related, as an Oregon State University alum, I feel obligated to say that beavers are better than ducks.